Carry On Wayward Son

Ten-year-old girl rocks out on the Kansas classic on the keyboards.
Give her 50 seconds to tear it up.

“Carry On Wayward Son” (often misnamed, due to the lyrics, as “Carry On My Wayward Son”) is a hit progressive rock single recorded by Kansas and written by Kerry Livgren for their 1976 album Leftoverture. In 1977, the song peaked at #11 on the Billboard pop singles chart, becoming their first Top 40 hit.

Long a classic rock staple, as well as a popular song for pep bands, the song comprises 5:25 of prototypical rock/progressive fusion, the trademark of Kansas.

Kerry Livgren wrote the song as a sequel to the final song on the previous album (“The Pinnacle” off Masque).


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


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