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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Carry On Wayward Son Lyrics as written by Kerry Livgren

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    My InterpretationI can hear the voices say !

    The voices are of demons. The inner story to these lyrics, my interpretation, is there is a young man, who got in some BIG TROUBLE and is contemplating suicide.

    "My charade is the event of the season." (suppose, for example, he went out drinking and driving with his friends. All the friends died in a drunken car crash except him).

    The voices are telling him to carry on with this suicide. That there will be peace when he's dead. The young man is standing on the precipice, in great distress from what just happened to his friends, the guilt and remorse and fear for his future are massive..

    Think of the myriad of scrapes a person could get into in life that would make him/her want to kill themselves.

    To me, this is a song about demons urging such a young man on to do himself in.
    Maagson September 12, 2014   Link

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