Turning Tide

No. 36 in Top 50 Bee Gees’ Songs 1966-72

By Barry & Robin Gibb
Lead Vocal: Barry
Album: Cucumber Castle 1970

“And who are we to touch the wind?”

Perhaps the loveliest track on Cucumber Castle, Turning Tide was written in 1968.  It’s interesting to imagine the song given an Idea-era treatment.  Equally, given its sea imagery and more restrained mood than much of Cucumber Castle, ‘Turning Tide’ might have felt more at home still on Trafalgar.

‘Turning Tide’ is a quietly self-questioning song about the continuation of love and its fragility.  The song’s coda is particularly well done.  Barry sings with sensitivity.

For some reason, I love the sound of the bass guitar before those fading piano chords.

I’m surprised there appear to be very few cover versions.  P.P. Arnold’s is the only one I can come across and that remains unreleased.

No 35 It’s Just the Way
No 37 Hudson Fallen Wind


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