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Kansas—Carry On Wayward Son

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By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio

 
By the time Livgren became an Evangelical Christian in 1980, he had already been soul searching for many years. Wayward Son is a reflection of his quest to find a deeper meaning. Always a personal favorite, the opening cappella vocals have a way of drawing me in and have kept me hooked for almost 40 years.
 
 
 
 
And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don’t know
 

 

Carry On Wayward Son

Written by Kerry Livgren
 
 

Carry on my wayward son,
For there’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

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
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 my wayward son,
For there’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

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

Carry on my wayward son,
For there’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more