Written by Pete Seeger in 1959, and originally recorded by him in the early Sixties, this song was popularized by The Byrds with their 1965 version, which gave the title to their second album. The lyrics are taken more or less directly from the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, hewing close to the King James version. Seeger added the "Turn! Turn! Turn!" refrain and the last line, "I swear it's not too late." This is a song that has enjoyed any number of seasons, having been recorded by dozens of artists over the last half century.
Submitted by Kenneth C. Davis