"Dust In The Wind" as written by and Kerry A Livgren....
I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh, ho, ho

Now, don't hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won't another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind


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"Dust in the Wind" as written by Kerry A Livgren Kerry Livgren

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  • +9
    General CommentMe and my dad were sitting in a lounge and he told me he wanted this song played at his memorial. A month or two later he died suddenly. It will always be one of my favourite songs.
    cecelia1979on August 05, 2005   Link
  • +8
    General CommentI believe it is about a man learning his has little time left to live, and hes summing up life by the things he is feling and seeing at that fleeting moment - as he realizes he dying.

    as he lies there in thought,fights the urge to sleep - he dozes off dreams

    awakes to a song he knows only so well, and realizes it all has very little meaning.....
    just4davidon December 07, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General CommentWe are rather insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe. Our lives are short and fragile. We are as dust that can be swirled off the earth.
    stringofpearlson February 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment" 'I'm significant!"...screamed the dust speck." (Calvin and Hobbes)
    pixiedust133on May 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is truly beautiful, the lyrics and the singer's voice are a perfect match.. it's amazing!
    atarisemokidon June 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'd just like to say that this song means a lot to me. it's so very true, it was a favorite of one of my best friend's. she recently died in a skiing accident in colorado. we miss her so much!! and this song is played a lot just to remind us of her -- it's SO true!! my uncle also used to play with kansas a lot ... they were 'tight'. :)
    this is a great song, it means a lot to me.
    -sara-on June 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love it when Will Ferrell sings this song in Old School at Blue's Funeral. He is so funny.
    DrFeelgood03on March 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFavorite Line: "Don't Hang On, Nothing Lasts Forever But The Earth And Sky, It Slips Away, And All Your Money Won't Another Minute Buy"
    pabloon June 25, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the way Bill and Ted sum up this song.
    Dust... Wind... Dude...
    lonedoggyon September 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKerry Livgren, who wrote the song, talked about "Dust on the Wind" a few years ago. He talked about being involved in something called "The Urantia Book", a series of papers that claim to be a revelation about Supernatural beings (The Monolith album was heavily influenced by these beliefs).
    Livgren started converting to Christianity, and eventually left Kansas because of the difference in philosophy.
    Livgren said that Dust In the Wind reflected his pessimism at that time - life was precious, but there was nothing after death. He does acknowledge that the song is beautifully written and well constructed, but it is so bleak that he regrets writing it.
    It is a great rock and roll classic - but it is also a message of hopelessness - and Livgren has long moved past that message.
    jimraw1on August 07, 2006   Link

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