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

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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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”, with Paul McCartney as producer.

Last updated on September 26, 2021

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

2:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Late July 1968 ?


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

7" Single • Released in 1968

2:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Late July 1968 ?


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

7" Single • Released in 1968

2:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Late July 1968 ?


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

7" Single • Released in 1968

2:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Late July 1968 ?


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

7" Single • Released in 1968

2:50 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Mary Hopkin :
Acoustic guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Late July 1968 ?


Post Card (2010 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2010

2:50 • Studio versionA2010 • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Producer
Mary Hopkin :
Vocals
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Alex Wharton :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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