Song of the Day #2,379: ‘Turn Away’ – Beck


Best Songs of 2014 – #3
‘Turn Away’ – Beck

Morning Phase, Beck’s unofficial sequel to his melancholy classic Sea Change, turned out to be every bit as good as its predecessor.

Filled with minor key ruminations on love, loss and rebirth, the record makes for one hell of a wallowing good time.

‘Turn Away’ is perhaps the album’s most beautiful moment, a delicate plea of self-forgiveness that sounds like a lost Simon & Garfunkel tune. Not many people are making music this lovely these days.

I have yet to see the film Wild, which uses this song to great effect in its trailer, but from what I know of the movie’s plot and theme, this track is a perfect fit.

As the only man in my top five, Beck represents his gender well.

[Verse I]
Turn away
From the sound of your own voice
Calling no one
Just a silence
Learn to see you’re at the edge
Fall off the avalanche
Turn away

[Verse II]
Hold the line
That fixes you in time
Keeps you under
Takes you over
The wall that love divides
Waking and slumber
Turn away

[Verse III]
Turn away
From the weight of your own past:
It’s a measure
For the devil
And betrays the lack of change
Once you have spoken
Turn away

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,379: ‘Turn Away’ – Beck

  1. Thanks for focusing my attention on this song and album. I agree with the Simon and Garfunkel similarities.

  2. Dana says:

    Well it ain’t no “Bang Bang” or “All About That Bass,” but still a good pick.πŸ˜„ beautiful song.

  3. pegclifton says:

    Now this is a song, really does sound like Simon and Garfunkel πŸ˜‰

  4. Maddie says:

    I’m looking more into Beck now πŸ™‚ I remember really liking this song from the trailer (that movie is still on my list), and the previews from this album all sound great!

  5. Andrea Katz says:

    Wow, this is beautiful.

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