"People of the South Wind" as written by and Kerry A Livgren....
There are some who can still remember
All the things that we used to do
But the days of our youth were numbered
And the ones who survive it are few
Oh, I can still see the smiling faces
When the times were so good
All in the old familiar places
I'd go back if I could (to the)

People of the south wind, people of the southern wind
It's the people of the wind, I got to be there again

Well, it's a hard thing to face the music:
But it's something everybody has got to do
So I hope that I can always remember
All the crazy times we had to go through
Now it's a dream that is slowly fading
And I don't want it to go
All of the memories are evading
And I want you to know (it's the)

People of the south wind, people of the southern wind
It's the people of the wind, I got to be there again

Now we've traveled all across the oceans
And we've seen what there is to see
But I guess it's not the proper solution
Cause it's all about the same to me
Now I look back and it makes me wonder
Why we just couldn't see
All of the battles we fought and won there
And I wish that I could be with the

People of the wind
I want to see 'em again
It's where we used to be free
And that's the place for me
It's just a state of my mind
A thing that's so hard to find


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"People of the South Wind" as written by Kerry A Livgren

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    My InterpretationKansas is a Native American word. It literally translates to "People of the South Wind", this is where the band Kansas got it's name. There were Sioux tribes in Kansas this was the band paying tribute to them.
    MercutioCapuleton October 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwooooow
    no one has commented on this song?

    i love this song!!!

    its just about having one place with people that you love dearly and missing that place. I respect kansas for the fact that they can write a good song with awesome lyrics while not making it too hard to translate. love it.
    Mindbreaker4228on October 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'd like to think this song has similar meaning to the best time of my life. In 1979 ironically the same year this song was released, I came to know the Horsepeople (cowgirls and boys) at the farm and hang out all the time durning "the days of my youth..". Twenty eight years later through all my travels "all across the oceans" not a day went by when didn't think about them and want to go back there.
    Eventhough the people and place were so important to me, I'm sure only a few of us that hang around can still remember. And now some of the dreams(memories) are actually starting to fade.

    "Well, it's a hard thing to face the music:
    But it's something everybody has got to do
    So I hope that I can always remember
    All the crazy times we had to go through
    Now it's a dream that is slowly fading
    And I don't want it to go
    All of the memories are evading
    And I want you to know (it's the)"
    So personally I think this song is about surviving and leaving your youth behind and always wanting to go back.

    Although the term" people of the southwind" refers to the Kansa American Indian tribe (later derived into Kansas). Not sure how this song applies to a tribe.........Great song though!!!
    Horsemanon December 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's on of the best Kansas ever wrote! They wrote it about an Indian tribe of the south. But I couldn't tell u the one...
    archon007on August 27, 2008   Link

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