Turn! Turn! Turn! (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) – Pete Seeger

 

The Byrds in 1965. From left to right: David Crosby, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Chris Hillman, and Jim McGuinn.

The Byrds in 1965. From left to right: David Crosby, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Chris Hillman, and Jim McGuinn.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

[The only lyrics in the song not straight from scripture is “turn” and the last line: “A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late”]


Turn! Turn! Turn! written by Pete Seeger (1919-2014) in 1959 and covered by The Byrds in 1965

Performed by The Byrds

 

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