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Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son (live) lyrics

Carry on wayward son,
There'll be peace when you were done
Lay your weary head to rest,
Don't you cry no more

[Verse 1]
Once I rose above the noise and confusion,
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher,
But I flew too high
Though my eyes I could see still was a blind man,
Though my mind I could think still was a mad man.
I hear the voices when I'm dreaming,
I can hear them say.


[Verse 2]
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 ship in 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 splendour.
Now your life's no longer empty,
Surely Heaven waits for you?


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    Edwyn Sassidy
    This song was written for Kansas' album "Leftoverture". The album preceding "Leftoverture" was "Masque". The last verse of the last song in Masque, "The Pinnacle", ends with "I stood where no man goes, above the din (noise) I rose...". Whereas "Carry on Wayward Son" is the first song for "Leftoverture", and begins with "Once I rose above the noise and confusion...". So, both albums show a story. The writer of Carry on Wayward Son admitted that the song was about him spiritually searching for the "Correct Religion". The noise and confusion is the babbling of many religions claiming to be the correct one. He was lost, and hadn't a clue about which one to join. Despite the fact that he was lost, and felt like he was on a the wayward son on a "stormy sea of moving illusion", he heard the voices telling him to "Carry on wayward, son, there'll be peace when you are done!" and "Don't you cry no more!" Towards the ending it says, "Now your life is no longer empty, surely Heaven waits for you?", showing that now he had found the correct religion, his life finally has meaning and that Heaven now waits for him.
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