TURN TURN TURN

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  • TURN TURN TURN
    Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season)”, often abbreviated to “Turn! Turn!
    Turn!” is a song adapted entirely from the the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible (with the
    exception of the last line) and composed to music by Pete Seeger in the 1950s. Seeger
    waited until 1962 to record it, releasing the song on his album The Bitter and The
    Sweet” on Columbia Records.
    The Biblical text posits there being a time and place for all things: laughter and sorrow,
    healing and killing, war and peace, and so on. The lines are open to a myriad of
    interpretations, but as a song they are commonly performed as a plea for world peace,
    with stress on the closing line: “a time for peace, I swear it’s not too late,” the latter
    phrase being the only part of the lyric written by Seeger himself. The song is one of a few
    mainstream songs to set a large portion of scripture to music, other examples being The
    MelodiansRivers of Babylon“, Sister Janet Mead‘s The Lord’s Prayer (Sister Janet
    Mead song)” and U2‘s “40”“.
    To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
    A time to be born, a time to die
    A time to plant, a time to reap
    A time to kill, a time to heal
    A time to laugh, a time to weep
    To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
    A time to build up,a time to break down
    A time to dance, a time to mourn
    A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
    To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
    A time of love, a time of hate
    A time of war, a time of peace
    A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing
    To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
  • A time to gain, a time to lose
    A time to rend, a time to sew
    A time for love, a time for hate
    A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late