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Kansas - Dust in the Wind



Kansas guitarist Kerry Livgren wrote this after reading a book of Native American poetry. The line that caught his attention was, "For all we are is dust in the wind."


This got him thinking about the true value of material things and the meaning of success. The band was doing well and making money, but Kerry realized that in the end, he would eventually die just like everyone else. No matter our possessions or accomplishments, we all end up back in the ground.


Kerry Livgren wrote this song when he was under pressure to write a follow-up to the group's hit, "Carry On Wayward Son." While playing his acoustic guitar exercises, his wife suggested that putting lyrics to the patterns would yield his hit song. "I didn't think it was a Kansas-type song," he told Bruce Pollock. "She said, 'Give it a try anyway.' Several million records later, I guess she was right."



Lyrics


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



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


(In the wind)

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