Kansas - Carry on Wayward Son Lyrics

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Carry on my wayward son,
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond the illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I'm dreamin', I can hear them say

Carry on my wayward son,
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know
On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
I set a course for winds of fortune, but I hear the voices say

Carry on my wayward son,
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Carry on, you will always remember
Carry on, nothing equals the splendor
Now your life's no longer empty
Surely heaven waits for you

Carry on my wayward son,
For there'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more
Track Listing
Cartridge 1
  • 1 Opus Insert
  • 2 Miracles out of Nowhere
  • 3 Questions of My Childhood
  • 4 Cheyenne Anthem
  • 5 Magnum Opus: a. Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat; b. Howling at the Moon; c. Man Overboard; d. Industry On Parade; e. Release the Beavers; f. Gnat Attack
  • 6 The Wall (part I)
  • 7 The Wall (conclusion)
  • 8 What’s on My Mind
  • 9 Carry On Wayward Son


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Kerry Livgren, Kerry A Livgren
    album: Track 9 in album Leftoverture
    release date: 1976-10
    popularity : 5313 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Acoustic/Hard Rock/Prog Rock/Arena Rock/Classic Rock
    length: 5:23
    remixer: Davy Moire, Kerry Livgren and Richard Williams
    producer: Jeff Glixman
    drums: Phil Ehart
    piano: Kerry Livgren
    lead vocals: Steve Walsh
    engineer: Bill “Bleu” Evans
    electric guitar: Kerry Livgren and Richard Williams
    violin: Robby Steinhardt
    background vocals: Robby Steinhardt
    organ: Steve Walsh
    viola: Robby Steinhardt
    acoustic guitar: Richard Williams
    percussion: Phil Ehart
    bass guitar: Dave Hope
    Clavinet: Kerry Livgren
    Moog: Kerry Livgren
    assistant engineer: Jeff Glixman
    synthesizer: Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh
    composer: Kerry Livgren
    lyricist: Kerry Livgren
    Album Information
    label: Kirshner
    country(area): United States
    format: Cartridge
    script: Latin