"Turn the Page" is a song originally released by Bob Seger in 1973 on his Back in '72 album. Released as a single but never charting, Seger's live version of the song on the 1976 Live Bullet album became a mainstay of album-oriented rock radio stations, and still gets significant airplay to this day on classic rock stations.


"Turn the Page" is about the emotional and social ups and downs of a rock musician's life on the road.


Both Seger's studio and live versions of "Turn the Page" feature a mellotron and a saxophone part played by founding Silver Bullet member Alto Reed. Tom Weschler allegedly helped inspire Reed to create the opening melody. During recording, Weschler told Reed: "Alto, think about it like this: You're in New York City, on the Bowery. It's 3 a.m. You're under a streetlamp. There's a light mist coming down. You're all by yourself. Show me what that sounds like." With that, Reed played the opening melody to "Turn the Page".




Lyrics


On a long and lonesome highway

East of Omaha

You can listen to the engine

Moanin' out his one note song

You can think about the woman

Or the girl you knew the night before

But your thoughts will soon be wandering

The way they always do

When you're ridin' sixteen hours

And there's nothin' much to do

And you don't feel much like ridin'

You just wish the trip was through


See here I am

On the road again

There I am

Up on the stage

Here I go

Playin' star again

There I go

Turn the page


Well you walk into a restaurant

Strung out from the road

And you feel the eyes upon you

As you're shakin' off the cold

You pretend it doesn't bother you

But you just want to explode

Most times you can't hear 'em talk

Other times you can

All the same old cliches

"Is that a woman or a man?"

And you always seem outnumbered

You don't dare make a stand


Here I am

On the road again

There I am

Up on the stage

Here I go

Playin' star again

There I go

Turn the page


Out there in the spotlight

You're a million miles away

Every ounce of energy

You try to give away

As the sweat pours out your body

Like the music that you play

Later in the evening

As you lie awake in bed

With the echoes from the amplifiers

Ringin' in your head

You smoke the day's last cigarette

Rememberin' what she said


Here I am

On the road again

There I am

Up on the stage

Here I go

Playin' star again

There I go

Turn the page


Here I am

On the road again

There I am

Up on the stage

Here I go

Playin' star again

There I go

There I go





Songwriters: Bob Seger

Turn the Page lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group