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Turn, Return and Turn Again (3:06)

Return, my dear brothers, return and turn again.
Won't you turn your hearts back,
Before there's a who and a when.
We all want peace, but peace is where it begins,
I bid you turn, return and turn again.

Return, my dear sisters, return and turn again.
Won't you turn your hearts back,
Before there's a who and a when.
We all want peace, but peace is where we begin,
I bid you turn, return and turn again.

Return, friends and neighbors, return and turn again.
Won't you turn your hearts back,
Before there's an us and a them.
We all want peace, but peace is where you begin,
I bid you turn, return and turn again.

Return, you world leaders, return and turn again.
Won't you turn your politics,
To the welfare of women and men.
We all want peace, won't you lead us to where it begins,
I bid you turn, return and turn again.

Return, all you religions, return, and turn again.
Won't you turn your doctrines ¡¥round,
Away from fear and sin.
You all preach peace, now show us how it begins,
Let's pray to turn, return and turn again.


Music: Traditional, arr. Rev. Heng Sure
Lyrics: Ven. Sucitto Bhikkhu

 

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Written in Khao Yai National Forest in Thailand, on a riverbank at 6,000 feet, by my brother monk, Sucitto Bhikkhu, from England, Abbot of Chithurst Forest Monastery. The tune is based on a familiar Grateful Dead anthem, "And We Bid You Goodnight," originally popularized by the Pindar family.

 


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