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Turn Turn Turn

  • (Trad / Pete Seeger)

    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

    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

    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

    A time to gain, a time to lose
    A time to rend, a time to sew
    A time of love, a time of hate
    A time of peace, I swear it's not too late

    Tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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  • [1964:] What is right and what is wrong in this world? The most truthful answer I know comes from Ecclesiastes [Buch der Prediger 3, 1-9], that hardboiled section of the Bible ('Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'). (Seeger, Rhymney 114)

  • [1985:] In [Ecclesiastes], Pete's favorite chapter of the Bible, a worldly preacher traveled with his gospel, preaching rectitude:

    Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor:
    so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor.

    In the Sixties, this message seemed especially out of place; people wanted a little folly. Pete understood this better now [...] but he demanded moral consistency in an inconsistent time. (Dunaway, Seeger 273f)

  • [1993:] About 1959 I got a letter from my publisher complaining, "Pete, can't you write another song like Goodnight Irene? I can't sell or promote these protest songs." I angrily tore off a note to him, "You better find another songwriter. This is the only kind of song I know how to write." I leafed through my pocket notebook to some verses I'd copied down a year before, verses by a bearded fellow with sandals, a tough minded fellow called Ecclesiastes who lived in Judea, like 3,000 years ago. I added one line ("a time of peace, I swear it's not too late"), omitted a few lines, and repeated the first two lines as a chorus, plus one new word repeated three times. Taped it. Mailed it next morning.

    Got a letter from the publisher two days later, "Wonderful; just what I hoped for." Myself, I was delighted by the version of the Byrds: all those electric guitars. Like clanging bells. [...] I wonder what Ecclesiastes looked like. I bet he was short, wiry, irascible. I thought no one knew his/her real name - last year I read it was "Koholeth".

    [On] closer examination I realized that both tunes [this and Bells of Rhymney] owed more than a little to that ancient mother-of-tunes, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, starting on the first note of the scale, going up to the fifth note and working their way back down to the first note again. (Seeger, Flowers 172f)

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