A time to kill, a time to heal. Turn! [17][18], Music journalist William Ruhlmann has pointed out that the song's plea for peace and tolerance struck a nerve with the American record buying public as the Vietnam War escalated. Turn!" [26] It was also used in a Wonder Years parody, during The Simpsons episode "Three Men and a Comic Book". had first been arranged by the Byrds' lead guitarist Jim McGuinn in a chamber-folk style during sessions for Judy Collins' 1963 album, Judy Collins 3. album, the song also appears on several Byrds' compilations, including The Byrds' Greatest Hits, History of The Byrds, The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 1, The Byrds, 20 Essential Tracks From The Boxed Set: 1965-1990, The Very Best of The Byrds, The Essential Byrds and There Is a Season. For social activist Pete Seeger, the poem/song both talks A time to refrain from embracing. Turn! A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; Turn! A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; somewhat cynical view in later verses This line and the title phrase "Turn! [1] Pete Seeger expressed his approval of the Byrds' rendering of the song. The Biblical text posits there being a time and place for all things: birth and death, laughter and sorrow, healing and killing, war and peace, and so on. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; One of the Limeliters' backing musicians at this time was Jim McGuinn (aka Roger McGuinn), who would later record the song with his band the Byrds and, prior to that, arrange the song for folk singer Judy Collins on her 1963 album, Judy Collins 3. I debated putting this in 'Philosopher's Corner' Turn!" A time to gather stones together. are very different from any other in the Bible. To everything, turn, turn, Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. [7], In 1963 Marlene Dietrich recorded "Für alles kommt die Zeit (Glaub', Glaub)", Max Colpet's German translation of the song. And a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to dance, a time to mourn. He illustrates this in the closing line where he added, "A time Turn!" The lines are open to myriad interpretations, but Seeger's song presents them as a plea for world peace because of the closing line: "a time for peace, I swear it's not too late." A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; To everything, turn, turn, There is a season, turn, turn, turn. Turn! Turn! [11], "Turn! on the front cover of the album of the same name and the song became generally known by the shorter version, appearing as such on most later Byrds compilations. [20] Additionally, the song would go on to become a staple of the Byrds' live concert repertoire, until their final disbandment in 1973. I couldn't do it as it was traditionally. are the only parts of the lyric written by Seeger himself. And a time to every purpose under heaven. Turn! A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Turn!, which was released on December 6, 1965. A time of love, and a time of hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. The tone he sets and the (to Everything There Is a Season). Turn! Turn! Wiki User Answered . A time to laugh, a time to weep. peace. (To Everything There Is a Season) ", is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s and first recorded in 1959. [1], In 1999, Seeger arranged for 45% of the songwriting royalties for "Turn! A time for peace, I swear it's not too late. And a time to every purpose under heaven. In Canada, it reached number 3 on November 29, 1965, and also peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. "Turn! For the Byrds album, see, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 1, 20 Essential Tracks From The Boxed Set: 1965-1990, "About the Book of Ecclesiastes – its author, date and purpose", "Pete Seeger's role in ending Israeli house demolitions", "Communist Party USA Gives Its History to N.Y.U. Turn!" A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; turn. Peter DeHaan is the president of Peter DeHaan Publishing, Inc., (http://peterdehaanpublishing.com) the publisher and editor of Connections Magazine and AnswerStat, and editor of Article Weekly. because in the rest of the passage Ecclesiastes discusses his views on [12][13] The B-side of the single was band member Gene Clark's original composition, "She Don't Care About Time". There is a season, turn, turn, turn. Turn! [27] In 2003, it was used in the closing sequence of the Cold Case episode "A Time to Hate" (Season One, episode 7) and for the closing credits of episode 3 of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's 2017 documentary The Vietnam War.[28]. Copyright 2008-2020 Peter DeHaan and Peter DeHaan Publishing Inc. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! (to Everything There Is a Season). Personal Turn! Turn! A time you may embrace. Here is the song lyrics, and the verses from Ecclesiastes 3 where it came from: To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time for every purpose, under heaven. turn. [1][6] The Limeliters' version predated the release of Seeger's own version by several months. Life Skills.net. A time of war, a time of peace. [1], The recording has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows, including 1983's Heart Like a Wheel, 1994's Forrest Gump,[23] and 2002's In America. (To Everything There Is a Season)", is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s and first recorded in 1959. And a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to build up, a time to break down. The lyrics – except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song, and the final two lines – consist of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes. [11] The Byrds' single is the most successful recorded version of the song, having reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and number 26 on the UK Singles Chart. "[16] The master recording of the song reportedly took the Byrds 78 takes, spread over five days of recording, to complete. [10], "Turn! The lyrics – except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song, and the final two lines – consist of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes. The song was first released by the folk group the Limeliters on their 1962 album Folk Matinee, under the title "To Everything There Is a Season". [1] The single also solidified folk rock as a chart trend and, like the band's previous hits, continued the Byrds' successful mix of vocal harmony and jangly twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar playing. A time to kill, a time to heal. 2009-04-24 00:17:59 2009-04-24 00:17:59. Own Income Dietrich was backed by a Burt Bacharach conducted studio orchestra, and the song was released as a single. [8][9] Australian folk singer Gary Shearston also recorded a version of the song for his 1964 album Songs of Our Time, with the title "Turn! [24][25] Following Joe Cocker's cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends", the song was the first to be played in the initial episode of the television series The Wonder Years. There is a season, turn, turn, turn. Compare Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 with the lyrics to Turn! [1] Collins' recording of the song was retitled as "Turn! [5], The song is notable for being one of a few instances in popular music in which a large portion of the Bible is set to music, other examples being the Melodians' (and Boney M's) "Rivers of Babylon", Sister Janet Mead's "The Lord's Prayer", U2's "40", Sinead O'Connor's "Psalm 33" and Cliff Richard's "The Millennium Prayer". Since Ecclesiastes is traditionally ascribed to King Solomon in the 10th century BC, the Byrds' 1965 recording of the song holds the distinction in the U.S. of being the number 1 hit with the oldest lyrics. Turn! [citation needed]. All rights reserved. Turn! Turn! In reading the book of Ecclesiastes there is one section that may be very familiar. (to Everything There Is a Season). 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Patience, Back A time for love, a time for hate. known as The Preacher. [21] The song was also performed live by a reformed line-up of the Byrds featuring Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman in January 1989. They are the song’s last six words: “…I swear it’s not too late.” about a time and place for every purpose, and makes a plea for world Turn! The song was published in illustrated book form by Simon & Schuster in September 2003, with an accompanying CD which contained both Seeger's and the Byrds' recordings of the song. Show. The song has been covered by many other artists: This article is about the song. A time to rend, a time to sow. The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was adapted by the American folk rock group the Byrds. Ecclesiastes is traditionally ascribed to King Solomon who would have written it in the 10th century BC, but believed by a significant group of biblical scholars to date much later, up to the third century BC.[3]. [22] In addition to its appearance on the Turn! Where do you find 'Turn turn turn' in the Bible? A time to plant, a time to reap. It came out with that samba beat, and we thought it would make a good single. A time to cast away stones. The book also includes the Ecclesiastes text from the King James version of the Bible. Songwriter Pete Seeger only added six words to complete the lyric portion of the song. ", or "Turn! Who says rock and roll and the Bible don’t mix? And a time to every purpose under heaven. Turn!" turn. Peter DeHaan’s website (http://peterdehaan.com) contains information and links to his blogs, newsletter, and social media pages. the meaning of life. commonly performed as a plea for world peace, with the stress on the closing line: " a time for peace, I swear it's not too late," the latter phrase and the title phrase " Turn! The song, by the way, became a hit, arguably making it the number one hit song with the oldest lyrics.