Timeless Relevance: “Turn, Turn, Turn” at 50

Timeless Relevance: “Turn, Turn, Turn” at 50.

The year was 1965 and the Viet Nam War lingered. Unsettled Americans (youth especially) sought a clarion call. In October they got it. A new rock-folk group, “The Byrds” released a song, an anthem for peace that also became the nation’s #1 song. The song was “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

Written by legendary Pete Seeger in the ‘50s during a time of suspicion (The McCarthy Era) and concern (nuclear proliferation), “Turn’s” lyrics are drawn from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  (with words attributed to King Solomon).


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