To Every Thing There Is a Season, and a Time to Every Purpose, Under Heaven
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap 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.
In the late 1950s Pete Seeger borrowed a poem from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, entitled, “To Every Thing There Is a Season,” written by a wise and wealthy prophet, the indefatigable King Solomon, who had 700 wives, and 300 concubines. Pete wrote the music, added six words to the end of the poem, and changed the title to, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
The Byrds rode that tune to the top of the music world in 1965, making this timeless anthem the song with the oldest lyrics ever to reach #1 on the American Billboard Hot 100 pop charts. King Solomon, who knew what a righteous dude he’d turn out to be?