Turn the Page

Background and Commentary

“Turn the Page” shares with “Time Stand Still” a focus on the now-moment, the idea of savoring the moment for what it is while acknowledging the transience of time. “Just as in Buddhism, the beginning of enlightenment is to realize the truth of flux and impermanence. Don’t continue to seek the permanent where it cannot be found.”—Carol Selby Price and Robert Price, Mystic Rhythms

“I had a major problem with playing ‘Turn the Page’ live on tour. It’s a very busy bass part, and the vocal part doesn’t really relate to it very much. Eventually I got it, but it took a lot of practice. You can do these things, but you have to practice them a lot. You have to split yourself, as they say. Split your hands, Split yourself in two really, and let you hands do something, and let your voice do the other.” (Bass Player, 1988)—Geddy in Merely Players

Lyrics

Nothing can survive in a vacuum
No one can exist all alone
We pretend things only happen to strangers
We’ve all got problems of our own
It’s enough to learn to share our pleasures
We can’t soothe pain with sympathy
All that we can do is be reminded
We shake our heads at the tragedy

Every day we’re standing in a time capsule
Racing down a river from the past
Every day we’re standing in a wind tunnel
Facing down the future coming fast

Looking at the long range forecast
Catching all the names in the news
Checking out the state of the nation
Learning the environmental blues
Truth is after all a moving target
Hairs to split, and pieces that don’t fit
How can anybody be enlightened?
Truth is after all so poorly lit

It’s just the age
It’s just a stage
We disengage
We turn the page
Every day we’re standing in a time capsule
(It’s just a stage)
We disengage, we turn the page
Racing down the river running fast
Every day we’re standing in a wind tunnel
(It’s just a stage)
We disengage, we turn the page
Facing down the future coming fast

Tablature (Bass)

Excerpted from Ultimate Guitar.

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For complete tab, go to Ultimate Guitar.

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~ by rvkeeper on February 8, 2011.

 
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