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"Turn the Page"
Single by Bob Seger
from the album Back in '72
Released 1973
Genre Rock
Length 5:11
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Bob Seger

"Turn the Page" is a song originally released by Bob Seger in 1973 on his Back in '72 album. Seger's version never made the charts, but an evocative live performance on his 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. He revealed at his concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during his 2006 tour that he had written the song in a hotel room in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

"Turn the Page" is about the emotional and social ups and downs of a rock musician's life on the road, against a slow tempo and a mournful saxophone part.



  • Waylon Jennings covered the single (though not released) "Turn The Page" on the album of the same name (Turn the Page) in 1985, the first in which Jennings was drug-free in twenty years.
  • The song was later covered by Metallica, as the first single from their 1998 Garage Inc. album, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 11 consecutive weeks, the highest number of weeks Metallica has ever spent at the top; drummer Lars Ulrich had heard the original song while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and later commented that he thought it "Had James [Hetfield] all over it".[1] Metallica's rendition is taken at much the same tempo as Seger's, but with a heavier feel; the saxophone part is replaced by a high slide guitar line from Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield played a guitar solo before the last run through the chorus. Metallica's music video for the song, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, is about the life of a stripper who prostitutes herself while she is trying to raise a child; the prostitute/stripper is played by Ginger Lynn Allen.[2]
  • The song was also covered by Australian rock singer Jon English, the Dutch rock group Golden Earring and the singer Sally Anthony.
  • Country singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman also covered the song on her 1978 album, Jaded Virgin.
  • Kid Rock covered the song as a 1995 demo as part of his White Room Studios Sessions but it was omitted from Early Mornin Stoned Pimp. Kid Rock's version includes the original version overdubbed. He has covered it with Metallica on the 2000 Summer Sanitarium Tour.
  • Sage Francis covered the song on his 2001 album Personal Journals, with slightly altered lyrics. The chorus lyric and song title were changed to "My Name Is Strange".
  • Staind frequently performs the song live, and it is played solo by Aaron Lewis with just an acoustic guitar.


Jon Bon Jovi has claimed that the song was a big influence on he and Richie Sambora when they were writing their 1986 classic Wanted Dead or Alive."[3]


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  3. ^ "" Jon Bon Jovi talks with Richie Sambora and the audience about Bob Seger

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Preceded by
"Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 28, 1998 – February 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"What It's Like" by Everlast

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