Kansas - Mainstream Lyrics

Kansas Drastic Measures cover art
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Overkill, have you had your fill
Come to expect it
Off the wall, too short or too tall
System rejects it
Lost the handle, what's it all been for?
Tired of trying, seeing so much more

It's so predictable and everybody judges by the numbers that you're selling
Just crank 'em out on the assembly line and chart 'em higher (higher, higher)
Just keep it simple boys it's gonna be alright as long as you're inside the
Mainstream, are we moving too far away
Is it worth it if it doesn't pay
The centerline is status quo, it's
Mainstream

If you stay within the tried and true
You'll remain among the chosen few
Survive another year

The market is dead, accounts in the red
Media saturation
We're deep in a rut, the arteries cut
Sensory deprivation
Really loved it, didn't earn a cent
No one's buying your experiment

It's so predictable and everybody judges by the numbers that you're selling
Just crank 'em out on the assembly line and chart 'em higher (higher, higher)
Just keep it simple boys it's gonna be alright as long as you're inside the
Mainstream, are we moving too far away
Is it worth it if it doesn't pay
The centerline is status quo, it's
Mainstream

For the masses in Consumerland
Give 'em everything that they demand
Survive another year

Corporate mold, packaged and sold, 16 to 30
Jobbers and racks, they're movin' in stacks
Tactics are dirty
We're in business, what else is it for?
Profit motive, welcome to the war

It's so predictable and everybody judges by the numbers that you're selling
Just crank 'em out on the assembly line and chart 'em higher (higher, higher)
Just keep it simple boys it's gonna be alright as long as you're inside the
Mainstream, are we moving too far away
Is it worth it if it doesn't pay
The centerline is status quo, it's
Mainstream

Just be careful not to rearrange
And don't let 'em catch you getting strange
Survive another year
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Fight Fire With Fire
  • 2 Everybody’s My Friend
  • 3 Mainstream
  • 4 Andi
  • 5 Going Through the Motions
  • 6 Get Rich
  • 7 Don’t Take Your Love Away
  • 8 End of the Age
  • 9 Incident on a Bridge


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Kerry Livgren, Kerry A Livgren
    album: Track 3 in album Drastic Measures
    release date: 1983-7
    popularity : 62 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Prog Rock/Prog Rock
    length: 6:37
    composer: Kerry Livgren
    lyricist: Kerry Livgren
    Album Information
    label: CBS
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 074643873314
    script: Latin