“Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas

“Well, this is rich.” ~Emma Crawford, Playing House (on USA).

Let me just preface this by saying I love all types of music. Pretty much. Maybe not all forms of rap. But mostly, I enjoy the sounds of many genres and appreciate most of the rest.

That said, I am not crazy familiar with classic rock. At least, I don’t consider myself to be.

THAT said, it was all that was playing at the gym today, and I decided, even though I was only familiar with the melodies and couldn’t sing along to most of the songs (in my head, of course. Can you imagine me, at the squat rack, belting out a song? HA! Nope), I appreciated them. These songs have funky beats and encouraging messages of badassery that are perfect for someone pushing a prowler and gasping for her next breath.

And, as I was catching my breath in between sets, while the online radio went to commercial, I was thinking about all sorts of wonderful things I hoped to do today, and this song arrived in my head: “Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done..” That’s it. That’s the only part of the song I know. It was great.

A minute later, it came on for real. In the gym. I stopped in my tracks and looked around, thinking, ‘Wait. Has this been playing the whole time? Did I just hear this?!’

No, it hadn’t been. No, I didn’t just hear this. Well, in my head I did.

I believe this timing is not an accident. For, upon looking up the lyrics, I discovered that this song’s message is actually very applicable to what I’ve been going through. I don’t identify with their look and although I appreciate their sound, it’s not what I’m typically drawn to when I’m looking for something to sing along with. But this is why I LOVE music and musicians; the message is usually universal and the experience is almost always encouraging. Even if the lyrics are raw and dramatic or brash and offensive, the takeaway is still inspiring: someone else knows what this life can be like, and we can belt out this truth: I AM NOT ALONE. Let’s blast it out the speakers and sing it together!

WE ARE NOT ALONE.

As for the timing, the truth is, this happens to me all the time. And if you’re paying attention, and open yourself to God’s timing and TRUST (all of which is WAY easier said than done, let me tell you), you’ll begin to see these things happening in ways that you find encouraging, too.

I’d love to hear your crazy timing stories!

Also, anyone know of a decent cover of this song? I love when musicians cover other musicians’ work. Do share if you come across one. Please and thank you.

And carry on. ♥

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

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!

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2 Comments

  1. Great post! Isn’t it uncanny when those things happen??!! I would like to add that while I have liked listening to some of Kansas’ songs, I have sometimes found the lyrics a bit unnerving – especially “Dust In the Wind.” But I had a friend that saw the group back at Northern ages ago and said that “they” prefaced their performance of this song by sharing that they had found that this was not their truth any longer – one of the lead vocalists had become a Christian and realized that we are not just dust in the wind, but as believer have an amazing future even after death.

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