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Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas

Released by Kansas in 1976
From the Album: Leftoverture |

This version of Carry On Wayward Son By Kansas was released by Kansas in 1976.

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Carry on Wayward Song, released in 1976, was the first major hit for Kansas. The song was a last-minute addition to the album Leftoverture.

Kansas had a way of almost leaving out their biggest hits from their albums. The song Dust in the Wind, a huge hit for them and their second major hit after Carry on Wayward Song, was also added at the last minute to its album.

Kansas guitarist Kerry Livgren wrote the lyrics to Carry on Wayward Son in just 2 days before recording Leftoverture. At the time, the song was not written to express anything religious, although Livgren did become an evangelical Christian in 1980.

The song has appeared in several hit movies over several decades including Anchorman (2004), Happy Gilmore (1996) and Heroes (1977), and makes our own Decades Lyrics list of the most popular singalong songs.

Here’s the lyrics to Carry on Wayward Son:

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


Kansas has released many songs over the years besides Carry On Wayward Son By Kansas. Kansas released songs from 1974 to 2000 spanning across albums like Kansas, Masque, Song For America, Leftoverture, Point Of Know Return, Monolith, Audio-Visions, Vinyl Confessions, Drastic Measures, Power, In The Spirit Of Things, Freaks Of Nature, Always Never The Same, and Somewhere To Elsewhere. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Kansas.

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