The year is 1967, and this song’s original writer, Pete Seeger, took the lyrics from the book of Ecclesiastes and created a poetic masterpiece, now called ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’
Seeger used the Bible’s wisdom and interpreted it in his style to remind us that life has seasons. It has moments of both sorrow and joy, and the only thing that remains constant is change. This idea is at the core of Seeger’s songwriting, a perspective that resonated well with his generation.
The song’s call for peace and an end to the Vietnam War was a poignant commentary on the period. The nation was grappling with the repercussions of sending young men to fight in a foreign war, and the song’s message was a welcomed relief to many. It’s a reminder that no matter how chaotic our world becomes, we can always find hope and believe in a better tomorrow.
The song became a global anthem of hope for the weary and the broken-hearted at the time. The melody of the song, coupled with its powerful message, made it one of the most covered songs of its time. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, The Seekers, Dolly Parton, and Amy Grant covered this classic, giving it new life with each rendition.
The song was written and recorded during a period of turmoil. But, as history has shown, it can inspire hope for a better tomorrow. Many of us found comfort in the song’s words, a reminder that everything will be okay.
In this video, we see the song performed by a talented musician, Judith, whose beautiful voice brought new life to the song. While Judith’s version of the song is one of the most heartwarming renditions, Byrds’ cover remains a fan-favorite.
The audience reacted to Judith’s performance with awe and appreciation. The lyrics were brought to life so we could all feel the hope and the peace the song speaks of. The energy in the room was palpable, and as Judith’s voice filled the room, the audience was transported to a different place and time.
I invite you to watch the video and share it with your loved ones because it reminds us of a time when hope was all we had and a song was all it took to give us the courage to keep moving forward. The world has changed since 1967, but the message of ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ remains just as potent and relevant today.