Friday, December 24, 2010

turn! turn! turn!

The Byrds reinvented Pete Seeger's adaptation of the Book of Ecclesiastes and gave King Solomon his first number one hit. The band's harmonies and Roger McGuinn's twelve string Rickenbacker transformed the song into a folk rock standard that struck a chord with the American public during the escalation and expansion of the Vietnam War. Pete Seeger wrote the music, the refrain of the title, and the last six words that make the song a powerful call for peace.

from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes

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.

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
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

full album:

Side 1
"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)" (Book of Ecclesiastes/Pete Seeger) – 3:49
"It Won't Be Wrong" (Jim McGuinn, Harvey Gerst) – 1:58
"Set You Free This Time" (Gene Clark) – 2:49
"Lay Down Your Weary Tune" (Bob Dylan) – 3:30
"He Was a Friend of Mine" (traditional, new words and arrangement Jim McGuinn) – 2:30
Side 2[edit]
"The World Turns All Around Her" (Gene Clark) – 2:13
"Satisfied Mind" (Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes) – 2:26
"If You're Gone" (Gene Clark) – 2:45
"The Times They Are a-Changin'" (Bob Dylan) – 2:18
"Wait and See" (Jim McGuinn, David Crosby) – 2:19
"Oh! Susannah" (Stephen Foster) – 3:03

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