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What does turn in "Turn! Turn! Turn!"?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by kplamann, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. kplamann

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    This is a question for native English speakers, to whom I do not belong.

    I love the song "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by Pete Seeger for its qualities as a song, for its lyrics and for spiritual reasons which need not be discussed here.

    Incidentally, the Byrds version was number one (in the USA) on my birthday in December 1965.

    The lyrics of the verses are obviously taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. However, what does the "Turn" chorus refer to? The planet revolving?



     
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    Woo, that's deep.. good question....:cool:

    I might have to think about that for a while....:confused:
     
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    It is about "seasons"...and seasons "turn"
     
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    Seasons of weather as a deeper metaphor for the seasons of life.
     
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    I see. Wow. That makes it even better.

    What a great American song by a great American man.
     
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    ever heard Mary Hopkin's version in Welsh?

     
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    This.....
     
  8. kplamann

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    Very lovely!

    [Edit:] Mary Hopkin's "Early Recordings" are on their way to France!

    There is also a version by Marlene Dietrich in my native language of German. However, the (relative) success Marlene enjoyed as a singer may be related less to the strength of her voice than to the fact that she was a woman with attitude ...

     
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    Funny you mention this song today.
    I remember seeing Pete at Wesleyan University in 2001.
    It was originally scheduled for September 11, but it was difficult to travel on that day, so the show happen a week later.
    Pete showed up and an auditorium of 20 year old kids listened as if a prophet was speaking to them.
    When he lifted his arm and all the young folks in the room began to sing along with his familiar tunes.
    I'm sure he was in his eighties, but the youth treated him as a contemporary of theirs….
    A great man, for sure….
     
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    The Seekers version..in Australian....:lol:

    this version got the most radio play back in the day....:cool:

    as a kid, when I bought the single..I thought (Seeger) under the title was a misprint..... Hey! this is a Seekers song, huh?.......:confused:


     
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    Deleted - OP already said it.
     
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    Here's a lovely version from 1963 by Judy Collins, featuring Jim McGuinn on 12-string guitar. This is probably when he learned the song.

     
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    Video not available here ... :( [edit:] Ordered the record instead!

    I have a live version by Judy Collins (with Pete Seeger) in my original post which is also very lovely (after they tune their guitars somewhat ...).
     
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    Since the lyrics are lifted straight from Ecclesiastes, I'm sure you could find a copy of Ecclesiastes in your native language.

    "Turn" just means "change" or "move forward in time," as spring turns to summer then to autumn.
     
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    Of course Ecclesiastes is available in most of the living languages (including Welsh and "Australian", apparently ... :)) and one does not even need to be religious to consider it one of the strongest texts in literary history.

    It was the "turn" part I could not initially make sense of and I am therefore grateful for the enlightenment by the posts of native speakers, including yours, which even among themselves are rich in subtleties and nuances.
     
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    Wow, I can understand Australian, and I ain't never had no lessons neither!
     
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    I think the song is about being behind a slow driver.
     
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    Is the NASCAR version "Left turn! Left turn! Left turn!"?
     
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    One of the most beautiful,talented women who has ever graced
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