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This song is about life on the road, and the rigors musicians face when they're touring. It presents the other side of fame which the public doesn't see - the loneliness and aggravation. Seger wrote the song in what for him, was an unusual way. He told Music Connection
: "I hardly ever wrote on the road. I was more of a field general, and there wasn't a lot of time for writing on the road back then. The only two songs that I can think of that I wrote on the road are 'Night Moves
' and 'Turn The Page,' but those were basically cases of getting an outline of verses over three-hour periods. The songs weren't totally finished until I had a week or two off the road to really knuckle down on them."
Seger explained: "Our first headline shows ever in a large (twelve thousand seat) hall were the two shows at Detroit's Cobo Arena, September 4th and 5th, 1975. I remember while I was singing this how nice it was to have such good on-stage monitors. I had never heard my voice so well while performing." The version on Seger's greatest hits album was taken from these shows. (thanks, Ken - LaSalle, Canada)
Seger suffers from tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears caused by exposure to loud volumes. This explains the line, "Later in the evening when you lie awake in bed with the echo from the amplifiers ringing in your head."
Metallica covered this in 1998 on their Garage Inc. album.
opened for Seger on this 2006-'07 tour, and this song in particular had a profound effect on Azar's 2009 album Slide On Over Here
. He told us: "You stumble into a sound of a record, I think, during a period in your life, and where you are. I came off the Bob Seger tour when that record started to take shape. It was so inspiring to come out every night and watch him sing 'Turn The Page.' I think that it set me into this mood where I was in my life personally, and all the stuff I was going through - a lot going on. A lot of decisions were made, and during that period I was writing a lot about it. I was in that emotional sort of mood."
The song was covered by The Swon Brothers on NBC's The Voice in 2013. Their version landed at #90 on the Hot 100 after they sang it in the semi-finals.
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