"Closet Chronicles" as written by Steve Walsh and Kerry A Livgren....
Once carried through the current, and being swept away
The king is in his closet, he's hiding from today
And though he owns all fortunes, this room is where he'll stay
And his world is filled with darkness, turning grey

Gazing out the window of the forty-second floor
He is separate from all others, no one knocks upon his door
And it might as well be raining, 'cause the sunlight hurts his eyes
And his ears will never hear the children's cries

Once proud and full of passion, he fought the cause of man
Many people loved his courage, many followed his command
He changed the old into the new, and the course of things to come
And then one day they noticed he was gone

At first it didn't matter, nobody seemed to care
They all became too busy to find him anywhere
But no one knew not even him, the problems he would find
On the day he journeyed deep into his mind

I close my eyes, I go far away
Away from this battlefield
In my dreams, well
Here I will enjoy it
Where innocence plays with all
The laughing children
The kind who are crying right now

A taste of freedom from the pain
Of everything here I see
Life is sweet but I took it all for granted
And now I don't know if I could even tell you
Just what we permit, we allow

Allow me to forget the life I've made my own
I've held this nation in my hand, and yet it's not my home
Oh, allow me just one answer, and one reason why
Why this refugee of the family of man must die
Tell me why

Daydreams filled his nighttimes, and night-dreams filled his days
Confusion and uncertainty, a puzzled mind of haze
You thought he was so powerful, and set upon his ways
Well he left us all to follow through this maze

I heard the king was dying, I heard the king was dead
And with him died the chronicles that no one ever read
The closet's fully empty now, it's occupied by none
I'll draw the drapes, now destiny is done


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"Closet Chronicles" as written by Kerry A Livgren Kerry Livgren

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    General CommentSupposedly this song is about Howard Hughes.
    Fein Messon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmm, i thought it was about somebody like Napolean because of the lines, "I've held this nation in my hand and yet it's not my home" Napolean ruled france, but he was from Corsica(correct me if i'm wrong, 'cause i'm not sure which island, but i know he wasn't from mainland france).

    Howard Hughes makes sense too, because of the reference to "42nd floor", there were no buildings that tall in Napolean's day, so my theory is probably wrong.
    findsomepeaceon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYep, It's about Howard Hughes, the guy from "The Aviator"
    WYWHon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom Wikipedia:
    "The band Kansas did a song about Howard Hughes, which they named 'Closet Chronicles'. It was originally on their album Point of Know Return."
    yilduzon April 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgazing out the window of the fourty secound floor is a refrince to the hitch hickers guode to the galixy, the meaning of life is 42.
    songofkansason February 17, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs i think it is about Howord Huges the 42 floor is about the pent house at the desert inn hotel and casino which he rented for a while and kept to himself but i never heard him called a king before as the song says the king is in the closet he is hiding from today and at the end i herd the king was dying i herd the king was dead if anyone can give me some help i would be greatful and what are the chronicles
    racefan12on December 21, 2012   Link

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