About Turquoise

"Turquoise" is a song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Donovan. The "Turquoise" single was released in the United Kingdom on October 30, 1965 through Pye Records (Pye 7N 15984) and charted, peaking at No.30. The "Turquoise" single was backed with "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)" and only released in the United Kingdom. "Turquoise" was released as the b-side on "To Try for the Sun" in the United States. "Turquoise" marked a significant drop-off in Donovan's UK chart success compared to the top 10 successes of "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" and the "Universal Soldier" EP. While "Catch the Wind" and "Colours" have appeared in various formats throughout Donovan's catalogue, live versions and re-recordings of "Turquoise" are conspicuously absent. The relative lack of success in the United Kingdom was most likely the reason leading to Hickory Records selecting "You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond" as Donovan's next single in the United States. Hickory Records later released "Turquoise" as the b-side to "To Try for the Sun" and made it the opening track to their 1966 compilation The Real Donovan. The 45 was one of the records in John Lennon's jukebox. 


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Your smile beams like sunlight on a gull's wing
And the leaves dance and play after you
Take my hand and hold it as you would a flower
Take care with my heart, oh darling, she's made of glass

Your eyes feel like silence resting on me
And the birds cease to sing when you rise
Ride easy your fairy stallion you have mounted
Take care how you fly, my precious, you might fall down

In the pastel skies a sunset I have wandered
With my eyes and ears and heart strained to the full
I know I tasted the essence in the few days
Take care who you love, my precious, he might not know

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Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Initially labelled as an imitator of Bob Dylan, Donovan quickly developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has variously lived in Scotland, London, California and Ireland, and currently lives with his family in County Cork in Ireland. more »

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13 facts about this song

Release Date
"Turquoise" was originally released by Donovan in October 1965. Joan Baez later covered it in 1967.
Genre Classification
Both the original and the cover can be categorized under the folk genre. The lyrics and musical style abide by traditional folk music.
Album Track
The song "Turquoise" can be found on Donovan's second album "Fairytale." For Joan Baez, it became part of her album "Joan", also known as "Joan Baez/5."
Song Inspiration
Donovan allegedly wrote "Turquoise" about Joan Baez which makes it interesting when Baez decided to cover the song.
Donovan's Performance
The song was performed by Donovan with his acoustic guitar while performing in a soft, whispery voice, which was Donovan's unique singing style.
Joan Baez's Cover
When Joan Baez covered the song, she made it her own by incorporating her distinct soprano vocal range and clear, precise enunciation.
Influence of the Song
Both Donovan and Baez' versions have contributed to the popularity of folk music during the 1960s.
Lyrics Tone
The lyrics of "Turquoise" reflect a melancholic and poignant tone, characteristic of many of Donovan's songs.
Connection Between the Artists
Donovan and Joan Baez both came into prominence during the folk revival of the mid-1960s. They were known for their influential music and deep, thoughtful lyrics.
Despite not being one of Donovan's most popular songs, "Turquoise" received positive reviews from fans and critics alike. Joan Baez' version is also positively received, especially among her fans.
Social Impact
Like many of their songs during that era, "Turquoise" reflects the 1960s' counterculture as it explores themes of love, melancholy, and emotional introspection.
Folk Artist Intricacy
The song "Turquoise" is often cited as an example of the intricate lyricism typical of both Donovan and Joan Baez.
Despite being over five decades old, "Turquoise" continues to be enjoyed by fans of folk music today as a testament to the timeless appeal of Donovan and Joan Baez's music.

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