Music Mondays ~Turn! Turn! Turn!

On Friday, I heard a bible reading and I found myself remembering this song. “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)” is an interpretation of the first eight verses of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes. The biblical passage’s theme is that everything has a time and place:

Book of Ecclesiastes (3:1-11)

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, 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 be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed for us to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without our ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Pete Seeger, an American folk singer and activist wrote the song in 1959. The Byrds, an American folk rock band, recorded and made the song popular in 1965 but several singers have covered it. The song version has some of the same phrases of the bible verse, but an added line at the end emphasizes the Peace Movement, a sign of the time in which it was written.

I’ve chosen Judy Collins’ version of the song today because I love her sweet voice singing the song. I’ll speak more tomorrow about why the reading and the song was timely and why I chose it today for Music Mondays while I’m not…in the campo.

Turn! Turn! Turn!

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 – turn, turn, turn
And a time to 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

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

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

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
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 for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late!

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4 Responses to Music Mondays ~Turn! Turn! Turn!

  1. I love this song and its ability to soothe the spirit. A good choice for music Monday no matter what the reason! Anita

    • indacampo says:

      Thanks. And revisiting the reading during a quiet time regardless of whether one has a religious affiliation or not is soothing also. Glad you enjoyed it Anita. 😸

  2. Cathy_V says:

    For one of your next Music Mondays …  a suggestion   https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4  Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  3. Cathy_V says:

    I wasn’t able to paste the link but it is Disturbed’s “Sound of Silence,” such a good so g and so perfect for his voice.  Even if you don’t repost on MM enjoy it like I did.  

    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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