Kansas - Portrait (He Knew) Lyrics

Kansas Point of Know Return cover art
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He had a thousand ideas
You might have heard his name
He lived alone with his vision
Not looking for fortune and fame

Never said too much to speak of
He was off on another plain
The words that he said were a mystery
Nobody's sure he was sane

But he knew
Knew more than me or you
No one could see his view
Where was he going to?

He was in search of an answer
The nature of what we are
He was trying to do it a new way
He was bright as a star

But nobody understood him
His numbers are not the way
He's lost in the deepest enigma
That no one's unraveled today

But he knew
He knew more than me or you
No one could see his view
Oh, where was he going to?
And he tried
But before he could tell us he died
When he left us the people cried
Where was he going to? Oh.

He had a different idea
A glimpse of the master plan
He could see into the future
A true visionary man

But there's something he never told us
It died when he went away
If only he could have been with us
No telling what he might say

But he knew
He knew more than me or you
No one could see his view
Where was he going to?
But he knew
You could tell by the picture he drew
It was totally something new
Oh, where was he going to?

Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Point of Know Return
  • 2 Paradox
  • 3 The Spider
  • 4 Portrait (He Knew)
  • 5 Closet Chronicles
  • 6 Lightning’s Hand
  • 7 Dust in the Wind
  • 8 Sparks of the Tempest
  • 9 Nobody’s Home
  • 10 Hopelessly Human

  • Credits
    publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Kerry Livgren, Steve (usa) Walsh
    album: Track 4 in album Point of Know Return
    release date: 1977-10-11
    popularity : 245 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Acoustic/Hard Rock/Arena Rock/Prog Rock/Classic Rock
    length: 4:36
    arranger: Kansas
    additional engineer: Terry Becker
    bass guitar: Dave Hope
    art direction: Tom Drennon
    lead vocals: Steve Walsh
    background vocals: Steve Walsh and Robby Steinhardt
    percussion: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Steve Walsh
    synthesizer: Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren
    organ: Steve Walsh
    piano: Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren
    vibraphone: Steve Walsh
    violins: Robby Steinhardt
    viola: Robby Steinhardt
    Clavinet: Kerry Livgren
    acoustic guitar: Richard Williams and Kerry Livgren
    electric guitar: Kerry Livgren and Richard Williams
    drums: Phil Ehart
    timpani: Phil Ehart
    chimes: Phil Ehart
    bass: Dave Hope
    pedal steel guitar: Richard Williams
    producer: Jeff Glixman
    engineer: Terry Becker and Jeff Glixman
    writer: Kerry Livgren, Steve Walsh
    Album Information
    label: Kirshner
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin