Somewhere to Elsewhere Album

Artist(s): Kansas

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Tracklist

Icarus II

length: 7:18
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren

In the darkness I rise, long before
The dawn
I was dreaming of home and the life I
Led
I can hear the sound, of the engines
Roar
And I crave the embrace of my
Empty bed
Where I'm safe (there I'm safe)

But the call is clear, and the task is
Set
And my enemies wait in the dark sky
Do they fear the same fear,
Do they dream like us
Do they long for the day when it's
Over
And they're safe

We are cruising above the horizon
Neve knowing if we will return
In a moment we'll loose the
Destruction
And we'll justify all that we burn

Here the air is cold, but my thoughts
Are clear
And so I'm wondering why I must be
Here
For the evil that can come,
From the heart of a man
Must be answered in kind 'til it
Disappears
And we're safe

Now we're cruising above the horizon
Neve knowing if we will return
In a moment we'll rain down
Destruction
And we'll justify all that we burn

Here they come

Dodging all the tracers, sky is full of
Lead
I can see the pilots' faces
Safety in our numbers, eagles
Overhead
We are in the sight of aces

Flak, bursting all around
Friends, going down in flames

Now we're hit, it's happened
This is what I feared
Something's telling me my time has
Come
Though it should be panic, I can feel
A peace
Strangely, now I know my purpose...

Hey boys! Hey, get out while you
Can
I'll try to take us home

I'm going home...

When the World Was Young

length: 5:51
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
And the stories we heard still echo in the distance
Filled with promises and pain, we had everything to gain
But the pride that comes before a fall is with us

Lights are on and nobody's home, we've gone from color to monochrome
Like some faded photograph with ghostly faces
Whether enemy or a friend, it's the message that we send
We will never change without until we change within

Chorus:
Back when the world was so young (when the world was young)
To the day when the first song was sung (when the world was young)
We chose our own way to black, white or gray
When the world was young

Are we learning from the past or has it all been already cast
Who can change the course of a war against all reason
There was one prevailing wind and we said we've got to make a stand
And now the barrier's between us for a treason


Grand Fun Alley

length: 4:39
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
A humdinger
I'm in a dangerous place;
I need to win the race
It's a dead ringer
I'm on a windin' road;
I got an overload
It's a redline
Life is movin' fast
But it can never last
When everything's so fine

Grand fun... grand fun alley
I'm having so much fun
Grand fun... grand fun alley
Here in the alley

Ain't had my fill of fun;
I'm underneath the gun
Time is flyin'
If you pass me by,
You know I can't deny
That I'm still tryin'
There's a turn ahead;
I'm runnin' out of lead
Feel like retreating
And the fuel gauge is down;
I'm gettin' out of town
Can't take a beating

Grand fun... grand fun alley
I'm back in the alley again
Grand fun... grand fun alley
Here at the end of time
Grand fun... grand fun alley
I'm still havin' so much fun
Grand fun... grand fun alley
I'm back in the alley

If you wait too long,
You can't afford the wrong
It's a doozy
When the times are good,
They still cut you down
Just like an Uzi
If the price is high,
You better look to the sky
'Cause there's a call in
Everything's gonna change;
It's getting very strange
So take it all in

Grand fun... grand fun alley
I'm havin' so much fun
Grand fun... grand fun alley
I'm kicking back in the alley again
Grand fun... grand fun alley
Here at the end of time
Grand fun... grand finale
I'm back in the alley
(instrumental to fade out)


The Coming Dawn (Thanatopsis)

length: 5:45
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
There is something that I hope will
Not be lost
The leaves will change, they'll start
To fall
I still wonder if it mattered much at
All

When my world starts to fade
I can only hope that every choice I
Made
Will endure, and carry on ... into the
Coming dawn

The breezes blow, soft clouds drift
By
Like some artists' canvas captured in
My eye
I am sure, I'm holding fast
I am dying for a lifetime that will last
But when my world, starts to fade
I'm still hoping this foundation that I
Laid
Will endure, and carry on ... into the
Coming dawn
We're so close, yet never touch
Can there be a love that changes me
This much
I can't see, eyes open wide
Yet I'll never doubt you're standing
By my side
When my world, starts to fade
I can only hope that every choice I
Made
Will endure, and carry on ... into the
Coming dawn


Myriad

length: 8:56
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
Both a miracle and yet the norm
The functions clear,
Sum and difference will soon
Transform
Equations chain, lies in His hand,
Voice authority will dance command
Solution's true, line of measure will
Divide, expand
Myriad, see the numbers as they're
Counting down
Thousands and thousands
Myriad, form and function to display
The sound
Line upon line every melody points
The way
The cycle turns, like Heaven's gate,
Unknown integers predestinate
Calculating all we must explore, and
Navigate
Quantities no man can know,
No formula to wield
No pages left to turn,
No choices but to yield


Look at the Time

length: 5:38
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
Look at the time
Slipping by as if we never knew it at all
Glancing around
Seeing faces so familiar,
I should recall
Seems we should know;
Where do they go?
I wanted you to know...
It's waiting (spoken)

Year after year
I get used to feelings that were not there before
What do we fear?
Setting off to find ourselves on some distant shore
Seems we should know;
Where do we go?
I wanted you to know...
Still waiting (spoken)

In the spotlight (drifting, moving)
It's a sad sight (testing, proving)
Like a fading glory (every word)

In the twilight (we're shifting, losing)
Doesn't seem right (gaining, choosing)
Can this be the story? (what we've heard)

Look at these days
Flyin' by so fast it makes my head turn around
Long as I gaze
It's hard to find an open door that's on solid ground
Seems we should feel
All that is real
I wanted you to know...
Still waiting (spoken)
(instrumental to fade out)


Disappearing Skin Tight Blues

length: 7:03
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
Like a bird up on a wire
I come in from the cold at night
And I stand next to the fire
Now, most times I can win one
but someday I could lose
Then I'll have to start all over again
And shake off all these blues
'Cause you tore down all the fences
And you put me in the clear
Then I left my old skin behind
And I started to disappear

Now there's something in the kitchen
And it's cookin' mighty fine
There's a good one in the oven
And I'm sure gonna get in line
In the interest of my nutrition
I'm about to take the plunge
I'm gonna take the whole thing in
And I'm gonna soak it up like a sponge
Need a map with new direction
And a compass for the turn
Then I'll take that drink of water
and let the old one burn

Oh, how you move me,
You turn me 'round
Nothing to hold me down
Just like a magnet
You pull me in
Got my instant reservation
When I'm feelin' empty
You make me full
More love than I'll ever hold
You touch me right
where my heart is dull
I'm gonna shed this skin and disappear

I open the box and look inside
And I don't like what I see
I turn the key and take a ride
In a wind that's blowin' free
In the interest of my education
I'm about to read the book
Then I'll open my eyes in the morning
And I'll take another look
Need a map with new directions
And a compass for the turn
Then I'll take that drink of water
and let the old one burn

Oh, how you move me,
You turn me 'round
Nothing to hold me down
Just like a magnet
You pull me in
Got my instant reservation
When I'm feelin' empty
You make me full
More love than I'll ever hold
You touch me right
where my heart is dull
I'm gonna shed this skin and disappear

(instrumental)

Oh, how you move me,
You turn me 'round
Nothing to hold me down
Just like a magnet
You pull me in
Got my instant reservation
When I'm feelin' empty
You make me full
More love than I'll ever hold
You touch me right
where my heart is dull
I'm gonna shed this skin and disappear

(instrumental to fade out)


Distant Vision

length: 8:49
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
On a night as I lay sleeping, in a dream I
saw the shore of a distant land where/
Promise lay in wait/ And I heard the
sound of voices of a million hungry
souls/ Now it comes to me to lead them to the gate

But I am just a man, not worthy of this
plan / With a strength that's not my own,
Imust rise

And I...will bear the light, ( and the
vision leads me onward) / That
blind....men have their sight / I'd sail a
thousand seas to make it so

To the Kings I gave the mission, in the
hope that they would share / In the joy
of setting countless captives free / But
the lust for Gold and power, is luring us
away / From a calling that began in purity

And 'm still just a man, not worthy of
this plan / With a strength that's not my
own, I must rise

Now a tempest rages in my heart, as this
fever furies on / Soon these islands
promise rest and hope, my answers wait
beyond their shore / Dream on...

Hungry eyes are standing on the sand,
they beckon us to bring the tide /
Sovereign hand must hold me now, I plead
with you / Be my soloace and my guide...by
my side

And I...will walk with you / On the
shores of the land ofpromise / That
blind...men see you too / I'd sail a thou-
sand seas to make it so

Byzantium

length: 4:16
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
Can your walls repel the tide of change
Under Pantocrator's rule
Did your golden domes reveal
The frailty of the consequence
The conqueror was real

Where the Emperor once reigned
Only shadows of the glories remain
No one sings your plaintive song
Of the Kontakion strain
Echoing through heaven's gate
Too lovely to sustain

We're looking back to see your frescoed walls
Where is the road that takes us to Byzantium

Once your borders had no end
And your dream was like a shining light
To the nations you surround
Did your golden domes reveal
The frailty of the consequence
The conqueror was real

We're looking back to see your frescoed walls
Where is the road that takes us to Byzantium...

We're looking back to see your frescoed walls
Where is the road that takes us to Byzantium...



Not Man Big

length: 8:40
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
Somebody said maybe he's a fool, but excuse me
Somebody said that he found a jewel, and much less love
Somebody said that he knows for sure, but don't confuse me
Who's gonna make what's dirty pure, good as gold
Not man big (not man big), no construction
Not man true, it's a bigger plan than you'll ever do
Not man said (not man said), some production
Not man made, from the east to the west it's a million miles between

Who's got a plan when the plan is made, ain't nobody
Looking for arrangements already made, as good as green
Where is the government to come to aide. Ha, there's too much business
I saw a candle sittin' in the shade, getting old
Not man big (not man big), no construction
Not man true (not man true), it's a bigger plan than the likes of you
Not man said (not man said), some production
Not man made (not man made), from the east to the west it's a million miles between

One look around you can see it clear, there's too much trouble
One look around and there's nothin' near, the cupboard's bare
Talking heads got a million words, but they don't say nothin'
Who's gonna make what's dirty pure, good as gold
Good as gold, yeah yeah yeah

Geodesic Dome

length: 1:25
producer: Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart and Richard Williams
composer: Kerry Livgren
lyricist: Kerry Livgren
I wanna live
I wanna live in a geodesic dome
I wanna live in a geodesic dome

I wanna make it my home

I wanna live in an igloo up in Nome
I wanna live
I wanna live in an igloo up in Nome
I wanna live in an igloo up in Nome

I wanna make it my home

It's cold outside but I don't care
I'll stand outside with my frozen hair

I wanna live in a geodesic dome
I wanna live
I wanna live in a geodesic dome
I wanna live in a geodesic dome
I wanna make it my home (yes sir!)
I wanna make it my home
I wanna make it my home