The Byrds – Turn. Turn. Turn.

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An evening pause: The words, except for the very last line (inserted by Pete Seeger), are from the book of Ecclesiastes.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Read it all, especially the King James version. It is one of the most profound and beautiful poems ever written.



  • D. K. Williams

    Great song.

  • Jim

    And a great group…they sounded great here.

    Hey, Bob, not sure if you had seen this one, but I think its from the same concert. Byrds doing Mr. Tambourine Man, and then joined by Dylan. Kind of funny, as Dylan misses his cues, screws up his own words, and then Roger (Jim) McGuinn proceeds to drag him across the finish line. Good stuff!

    Thanks for that!

  • David Hollick

    An excellent choice of song – thank you. I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with this book, and found this passage especially helpful.

    • Hi Dave,

      Hope all is well with you.

      I remember when I first heard this song back in the mid-1960s it compeled me to look up the full text in the Bible. I was astonished by the beauty and wisdom of the words.

      But then, this is the evil Bible, which of course must be outlawed because it expresses conservative, old-fashioned ideals abut honor and justice. We can’t have that in the modern America!

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