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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."Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" was written by Pete Seeger, adapted from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 in the King James Version of the Bible. Ecclesiastes (from "Ekklesiastes," the Greek translation of the Hebrew "Kohelet" [Gatherer, "one who convenes or addresses an assembly," but usually translated as Teacher or Preacher]) is traditionally ascribed to king Solomon (though identified in the text only in the third person as "son of David, king in Jerusalem") in the 10th century BCE, though it may have been composed as late as 180 BCE. Seeger wrote it in the late 1950s but did not record it until 1962 on "The Bitter and the Sweet" album, a few months after The Limeliters premiered it (as "To Everything There Is a Season") on their album "Folk Matinee;" one of their backup musicians, Jim McGuinn, rearranged it for Judy Colllins' eponymous 1963 album, then again, in 1965, with a slightly changed melody, as "Turn! Turn! Turn!" for his rock group The Byrds, though it took them some 75 takes before their drummer could get the proper beat. Seeger donated 45% of his royalties (because, in his words, "I did write six words" in addition to the music and title) to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
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.In 1967, McGuinn began a decade-long association with Subud, an international spiritual movement founded in Indonesia in the 1920s by Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo [known as "Bapak" to his followers]; "Subud" was an acronym for "susila" (the good character of man in accordance with the Will of Almighty God), "budhi" (the force of the inner self within man), "dharma" (surrender, trust, and sincerity towards Almighty God), Bapak's interpretaions for the Javanese versions of the Sanskrit terms "suśila" (well-disposed, good-tempered), and "bodhi" (awakened, but traditionally translated into English as "enlightenment" ), "dharma" (the Law that "upholds, supports, or maintains the regulatory order of the universe"). Bapak told him a new name would better "vibrate with the universe" and sent him the letter "R" to inspire him. McGuinn sent a number of aviation-related words such as "Rocket," "Retro," and "Ramjet," and Bapak chose "Roger," a term used in signalling protocol over two-way radios, as his new name. So James Joseph McGuinn III changed his name to James Roger McGuinn and worked professionally thereafter as "Roger McGuinn."]
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