Song Lyric Sunday — Wayward Son

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme is “courage.” I thought of a bunch of songs that encourage bravery, strength, and courage in the face of adversity, but I finally settled on “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas.

“Carry On Wayward Son” was a single written by Kerry Livgren and recorded by Kansas for their November 1976 album “Leftoverture.” In 1977, the song peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

According to Livgren, the guitarist for Kansas, the song was not written to express anything specifically religious, though it certainly expressed spiritual searching and other ideas. Livgren said that he felt a profound urge to “Carry On” and to continue the search. He saw himself as the “Wayward Son,” somewhat disconnected from the ultimate reality, and yet striving to know it. In 1980, Livgren became an evangelical Christian.

Here are the lyrics:

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

Ah

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 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 dreaming,
I can hear them say

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

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
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry,
Don’t you cry no more,

No more!

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Wayward Son

  1. newepicauthor December 3, 2017 / 6:53 am

    The man in this song tries to find meaning out of his life and if he can just carry on maybe he will find what he is searching for. This song made Kansas popular.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango December 3, 2017 / 7:45 am

      Yes, it was their first song to make the top twenty charts in the U.S.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. A.C. Melody December 3, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I already liked this song, and was happy when the TV show “Supernatural” made it popular again and it is a perfect kind of theme song for that show. M favorite Kansas song, though, will always be “Dust In The Wind.”

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    • Fandango December 3, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      I agree. “Dust in the Wind” is a great song and my favorite from Kansas as well. But, for this prompt, I thought “Wayward Son” was a better fit.

      Liked by 1 person

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