Monday, June 27, 2011

Turn, Turn, Turn

On another blog that I follow (Genea-Musings), the blogger does a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post.  This weekend's was to locate the #1 song on the day you were born, or some significant day in your life.  I didn't recognize the #1 song for my date of birth (Near You, by Francis Craig), so I checked for my 18th birthday (surely I would recognize a song from then, right). 

It was 'Turn, Turn, Turn' by The Byrds.  The words to this song were adapted from the Bible (the book of Ecclesiastes):

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late.

Such a wonderful mantra for a young woman starting her adult life.  As I look back now, at 63 years, I think of all those times - of love, of hate; of war, of peace; of gains, of loses; of dancing, of mourning; sowing and reaping.... My life has been full - I've experienced so much. 

The song became a plea for world peace in the time of the Vietnam War, but song writer Bob Seegar donated 45% of the royalties for the song to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, because, in Seeger's own words, "[in addition to the music] I did write six words." 

Do you want to see what song was #1 on your birth date or when you turned 18?  Go to this website (, fill in your desired date, and see what comes up.

P.S.  Do you hear that rumble in the distance?  That is the Baby Boomers - they are getting ready to retire.  On January 1st, 2011 the very first Baby Boomers turned 65.  Millions upon millions of them are rushing towards retirement age. 

No comments: