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Friday, February 7, 2014

Turn Turn Turn

I miss you Pete Seeger.
May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014




"Turn Turn Turn" (to Everything There Is a Season) was adapted from the book of Ecclesiastes (3:1) by Pete Seeger in 1959. In 1965 The Byrds recording went to #1 on the Billboard 100.







TURN! TURN! TURN!

by Pete Seeger

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time for 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 for 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
(chorus)
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
(chorus)
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven


The 5 extra verses he sang were written by his wife Toshi in the early 1950s when their children were small.   Here they are as I heard them on this video:
A time of work, a time for play
A time of night, a time for day
A time to sleep, a time to wake
A time for candles on the cake

(chorus)

A time to dress, a time to eat
A time to sit and rest your feet
A time to teach. a time to learn
A time for all to take their turn

(chorus)

A time to cry and make a fuss
A time to leave and catch the bus
A time for quiet, a time to talk
A time to run and a time to walk

(chorus)

A time to get, a time to give
A time to remember, a time to forgive
A time to hug, a time to kiss
A time to close your eyes and wish

(chorus)

A time for dirt, a time for soap
A time for tears, a time for hope
A time for fall, a time for spring
A time to hear the robin's sing

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven


(It is not too Late ...)

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