“Turn! Turn! Turn!”, sometimes known as “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)”, is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song, and the final two lines, are adapted word-for-word from the English version 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‘ RCAalbum Folk Matinee and then some months later on Seeger’s own The Bitter and the Sweet.
Let’s break it down and discuss….
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, 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.
The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the book of Ecclesiastes, as found in the King James Version(1611) of the Bible(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), though the sequence of the words was rearranged for the song. Ecclesiastes is traditionally ascribed to King Solomonwho would have written it in the 10th century BC, but believed by a significant group of biblical scholars to date much later, up to the third century BC.
My point today is that all of the information above confirms that everything has a season…even words. Words may come and go in some form or another, but they repeat themselves to us throughout history in some way. Words pop into someones head and they get put out to the great multiverse in that season just the way they were meant to help others. They may comfort, they may teach, they may uplift or make sad; regardless they have impact in their season.
We need to learn to digest the words we get each day as the Universe’s way of giving us a hug we need for whatever reason. The Universe (God/one source) is there guiding and teaching always. We only need to be smart enough to learn to listen….Namaste, The Queen Cronista.