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Turn! Turn! Turn!

Written by Pete Seeger

Album This song officially appears on the Those Were The Days / Turn, Turn, Turn 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1968

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Turn! Turn! Turn!”, or “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season),” is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s and first recorded in 1959. 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 originally released in 1962 as “To Everything There Is a Season” on folk group the Limeliters’ album Folk Matinee, and then some months later on Seeger’s own The Bitter and the Sweet.

The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was adapted by the American folk rock group the Byrds. The single entered the U.S. chart at number 80 on October 23, 1965, before reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 4, 1965. In Canada, it reached number 3 on November 29, 1965, and also peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.

[…] Mary Hopkin won the television talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1968 singing her cover of the song. She recorded it as the B-side to her debut single “Those Were the Days”, also in 1968.

Lyrics

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
And a time to every purpose under Heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
There is a time you may embrace
There is a time to refrain from embracing

To everything
Turn, turn, turn
There is a season
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 of love, a time of hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late

To everything
Turn, turn, turn
There is a season
Turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under Heaven
And a time to every purpose under Heaven

Officially appears on


Those Were The Days / Turn, Turn, Turn

7" Single • Released in 1968

Studio versionA


Quelli Erano Giorni (Those Were The Days) / Turn, Turn, Turn

7" Single • Released in 1968

Studio versionA


Que Tiempo Tan Feliz (Those Were The Days) / Turn! Turn! Turn!

7" Single • Released in 1968

Studio versionA


An Jenem Tag (Those Were The Days) / Turn, Turn, Turn

7" Single • Released in 1968

Studio versionA


Le Temps Des Fleurs (Those Were The Days) / Turn, Turn, Turn

7" Single • Released in 1968

Studio versionA

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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