TURN! TURN! TURN!

Live 23 Apr 2008 version

Bruce Springsteen (spoken intro):We have a special guest with us tonight, somebody whose music we really grew up on and who's been a tremendous influence in my music. This is the guy that kinda single-handedly invented Country Rock, invented jangling guitars (chuckles), Folk Rock and uh, just uh, Space Rock too, absolutely! (chuckles) And uh, he's made so much incredible beautiful, beautiful music. We're honoured to have on our stage, from the Byrds, Mr. Roger McGuinn. (crowd cheers, Roger McGuinn joins the band onstage)

Roger McGuin:To everything
Springsteen and McGuin:Turn, Turn, Turn
Roger McGuin:There is a season
Springsteen and McGuin:Turn, Turn, Turn
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven

Roger McGuin: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
Springsteen and McGuin:A time to laugh, a time to weep

Roger McGuin:To everything
Springsteen and McGuin:Turn, Turn, Turn
There is a season
Turn, Turn, Turn
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven

Bruce Springsteen:A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
Springsteen and McGuin:A time to gather stones together

Roger McGuin:To everything
Springsteen and McGuin:Turn, Turn, Turn
Roger McGuin:There is a season
Springsteen and McGuin:Turn, Turn, Turn
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven

Springsteen and McGuin: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

[guitar solo]

Springsteen and McGuin:To everything
Turn, Turn, Turn
There is a season
Turn, Turn, Turn
And a time for every purpose, under Heaven

Bruce Springsteen:A time to gain
Springsteen and McGuin:A time to lose
Bruce Springsteen:A time to rend
Springsteen and McGuin:A time to sew
Bruce Springsteen:A time to love
Springsteen and McGuin:A time to hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late


Page last updated: 10 Dec 2010

Intro

TURN! TURN! TURN! (TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON), often abbreviated to TURN! TURN! TURN!, is a song written and composed by Pete Seeger but made famous by The Byrds in 1965. Bruce Springsteen covered the song a couple of times in 2006 and 2008, and his live 23 Apr 2008 version was officially released in 2008.

Pete Seeger version

The song was written and composed in the 1950's by Pete Seeger who adapted the words from the book of Ecclesiastes (a book of the Hebrew Bible). He added words to it and put it into music, and waited until 1962 to record the song, releasing it in May 1962 on his album The Bitter And The Sweet on Columbia Records. The song can now be be found on several Pete Seeger compilations, including The Essential Pete Seeger (Sony).

The Byrds version

TURN! TURN! TURN! was also recorded, and made famous, by The Byrds in 1965. They first released it as a single in October of 1965 (Columbia 43424, with SHE DON'T CARE ABOUT TIME on the B-side). It was their second #1 hit after MR. TAMBOURINE MAN. In December that year, the song became the title track to the group's second studio album, Turn! Turn! Turn!.

Bruce Springsteen Live Performances

It has been reported that Bruce Springsteen and his Seeger Sessions Band practiced TURN! TURN! TURN! on 13 Apr 2006 at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ, during the private rehearsals for The Seeger Sessions Tour. The fist and only live appearance of TURN! TURN! TURN! that year was during the third of the four public rehearsal shows for the tour, on 25 Apr 2006 at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. It was the first number in the encore, and Springsteen dedicated it to Pete Seeger. The song was reported to be have been sound-checked on 21 May 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden, but it didn't appear on any of the tour's regular shows.

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TURN! TURN! TURN! was played once on the Magic Tour, with Roger McGuinn. See below section for more details.

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Live 23 Apr 2008 Performance

During the 23 Apr 2008 Magic Tour show at Amway Arena in Orlando, FL (a show rescheduled from 19 Apr 2008), returning from the encore break, Springsteen announces, "We have a special guest with us tonight, somebody whose music we really grew up on and who's been a tremendous influence in my music [...] We're honoured to have on our stage, from the Byrds, Mr. Roger McGuinn" (see spoken intro above). Byrds lead singer/guitarist Roger McGuinn joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band onstage to perform a short set that included TURN! TURN! TUNR! and MR. TAMBOURINE MAN. The above lyrics are transcribed from that 23 Apr 2008 live performance of TURN! TURN! TURN!


Ticket stub for the 23 Apr 2008 show at Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

Pass for the 23 Apr 2008 show at Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

This live 23 Apr 2008 version of TURN! TURN! TURN! was officially released on Magic Tour Highlights in 2008.

Official Release

On 15 Jul 2008, Columbia Records released Magic Tour Highlights, a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band download-only digital EP consisting of four live audio tracks and their accompanying videos. The performances were recorded in March and April 2008 during the Magic Tour, and feature guest musicians, as well as Danny Federici's last performance with the group. Bob Clearmountain mixed and Bob Ludwig mastered the songs. Frequent Springsteen collaborator and Grammy and Emmy Award winner Thom Zimny edited the videos.

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The EP is not the Magic Tour's "highlights", but more of a sampling of some of the tour's best guest spots.

  • ALWAYS A FRIEND, performed with Alejandro Escovedo, recorded live on 14 Apr 2008 at Toyota Center in Houston, TX
  • THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD, performed with Tom Morello, recorded live on 07 Apr 2008 at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
  • TURN! TURN! TURN!, performed with Roger McGuinn, recorded live on 23 Apr 2008 at Amway Arena in Orlando, FL
  • 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY), Danny Federici's final performance with the E Street Band, recorded live on 20 Mar 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN

The EP is available for download from all major digital downloads stores, including the iTunes Store and Amazon.com. The net proceeds from the sales of Magic Tour Highlights will support The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund. These include the artists', the songwriters', and the music publishers' royalties, in addition to all Columbia Records' net profits. The iTunes Store donated their first year's net profits as well.

The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund was started shortly after Frederici's death, and is dedicated to the research and development treatments for melanoma through funding for clinical trials at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The fund also aims to help raise awareness for the disease.