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“Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas

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“Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas

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“Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas


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    “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas is a classic rock song.
    There is the claim that this song is about John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia.
    Herbie Herbert (former manager of Journey) claims that the transition riff is an almost note for note from the Journey song “I’m Gonna Leave You” from their second album Look Into the Future, released earlier in 1976.

    Song Title: Carry On My Wayward Son (official audio)
    Artist: Kansas
    Album: Leftoverture
    Genre: classic rock, progressive rock
    Composer: Copyright © 1975 Kerry Livgren
    Vocals: Robbie Steinhardt, Steve Walsh
    Guitar: Rich Wiliams, Kerry Livgren
    Keyboards: Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren
    Synthesizer: Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren
    Bass Guitar: Dave Hope
    Drums: Phil Ehart
    Percussion: Phil Ehart, Steve Walsh
    Violin: Robbie Steinhardt
    Viola: Robbie Steinhardt
    Cello: Robbie Steinhardt
    Producer: Jeff Glixman, Kansas
    Recorded: December 1975
    Released: December 1976
    Label: Kirshner
    Number of listens: 12036
    Current rank: 548 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 517 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

    U.S. Billboard Hot 100: peak #11 (eleven) in 1976

    Canadian RPM Top Singles: peak #5 (five) in 1976
    United Kingdom Singles Chart: peak #51 in 1976
     Billboard chart listings courtesy of Billboard Magazine


    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Carry On Wayward Son” is a progressive rock single recorded by Kansas and written by Kerry Livgren for their 1976 album Leftoverture. In 1977, the song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard pop singles chart, becoming their first Top 40 hit. The song is in chromatic-minor and features the Neapolitan chord.

    The 7" single has been certified Gold by the RIAA. This version was a much shorter version of the song, edited down to 3:26, a version that was also the band’s only single to chart in the UK, reaching number 51 there. All initial releases of the single had a B-side of “Questions of My Childhood”. The song was later re-released on the Kansas compilation albums The Best of Kansas, On the Other Side, The Kansas Boxed Set, The Ultimate Kansas, and Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection. It was also included on the live Kansas albums Two for the Show, Live at the Whisky, King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas, Dust in the Wind, Device, Voice, Drum, and There’s Know Place Like Home, along with the DVD companions to Device, Voice, Drum and There’s Know Place Like Home.

    This song is 96th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.

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    Esther: Carry On My Wayward Son is Abigail’s favorite song.

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