Turn to Stone

Joe Walsh

About Turn to Stone

"Turn to Stone" is a 1972 song by the American singer-songwriter Joe Walsh and his band Barnstorm, with writing credits given to Terry Trebandt, and Walsh. The song was originally released on the album Barnstorm. Walsh later covered the song for his solo album So What, and released it as a single. The single peaked at #93 on the US Billboard chart.


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Hey now, the well run dry 
Pages of your book on fire 
Read the writing 
On the wall 

Hoe down, it's a show-down 
Ev'rywhere you look, we're fighting 
Hear the call 

And you know it's gettin' stronger 
I can't last very much longer 
Turn to stone 

Well there's a change in the wind 
You know the signs don't lie 
Such a strange feelin' 
And I don't know why it's takin' 
Such a long time 

Backyard people 
And they work all day 
Tired of the speeches and the way 
That the reasons keep changin' 
Just to make the words rhyme 

And you know it's gettin' stronger 
Can't make 'em run much longer 
Turn to stone

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Joe Walsh

Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has been a member of three commercially successful bands: the James Gang, Barnstorm, and the Eagles. He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician. He holds the 54 spot in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." more »

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13 facts about this song

Artist Background
"Turn to Stone" was recorded by American musician Joe Walsh, known primarily for his work as a member of the legendary band "The Eagles". This song, however, is a part of his solo journey.
Album History
"Turn to Stone" is the opening track on Walsh's second solo studio album, "Barnstorm". The song was later compiled as well into his best-of album "Look What I Did!"
Release Date
The song was first released in 1972 in Walsh's "Barnstorm" album.
Recording Label
"Turn to Stone" was released under the ABC-Dunhill Records label, which was one of the leading record labels in the United States at that time.
Genre Definition
The song is categorized under the genres of classic rock and folk, encompassing Walsh's signature guitar-driven sound.
Songwriting Details
The song was written by Walsh himself, showcasing his talent not only as a musician but also as a lyricist.
Signature Sound
"Turn to Stone" is known for its intricate instrumentation, featuring Walsh's adept guitar work and distinctive vocal style.
Theme and Lyrics
'Turn to Stone' notably talks about the artist's struggles with loneliness and heartbreak. The lyrics communicate a sense of despair and longing, corresponding with the melancholic melody of the song.
Live Performances
"Turn to Stone" has become a staple in Joe Walsh's live performances, as well as part of The Eagles' setlist during their tours where Walsh sang it as his lead vocal number.
Critical Reception
"Turn to Stone" is often regarded as one of Joe Walsh's best songs and has received positive reviews from critics and music fans alike. It is praised for its raw emotion and Walsh's impressive musicianship.
Impact on Walsh's Career
The song brought Walsh significant recognition as a solo artist and further solidified his career, leading multiple other collaborations and solo adventures.
In a live version of the song released in 1976 album "You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind", Walsh collaborated with his bandmates from the Eagles, demonstrating his remarkable partnership with the group.
Despite the initial misconception about the song being related to petrification myths, the term 'Turn to Stone' is a metaphor used to describe the feeling of immense sadness and numbness.

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