A time to be reapin', a time to be sowin'.
The green leaves of Summer are callin' me home.
'Twas so good to be young then, in a season of plenty,
When the catfish were jumpin' as high as the sky.

A time just for plantin', a time just for ploughin'.
A time to be courtin' a girl of your own.
'Twas so good to be young then, to be close to the earth,
And to stand by your wife at the moment of birth.

A time to be reapin', a time to be sowin'.
The green leaves of Summer are callin' me home.
'Twas so good to be young then, with the sweet smell of apples,
And the owl in the pine tree a-winkin' his eye.

A time just for plantin', a time just for ploughin'.
A time just for livin', a place for to die.
'Twas so good to be young then, to be close to the earth,
Now the green leaves of Summer are callin' me home.

'Twas so good to be young then, to be close to the earth,
Now the green leaves of Summer are callin' me home.


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The Green Leaves of Summer Lyrics as written by Paul Francis Webster Dimitri Tiomkin

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    This song could either be taken literally or it could be taken to mean something like a grandparent looking at his/her grandchild growing up in a cruel world that is unlike the grandparent's childhood world and he/she remembers how it was good to be young when times were good, but now the bliss is over and "the green leaves of summer" (which may refer to heaven or a return to happier times) are calling the someone away into a peaceful resting place after death.

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