A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace…
It’s been more than 50 years since he wrote it, and 2 more years it’ll be 50 years since they released it.
The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the Book of Ecclesiastes.
Handwritten lyrics to the song were among the documents donated to New York University by the Communist Party USA in March 2007.
45% of the royalties for the song are donated to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions because, in Seeger’s own words, “[in addition to the music] I did write six words“.