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Carry On My Wayward Son Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
#

CARRY ON WAYWARD SON by KANSAS
Lyrics, Chords, and that awesome riff!

(N.C.)
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

{riff} [clean distortion (if there is such a thing) effect]
e-|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
B-|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
G-|--------------|--------------|--4--7--4-----|--------------|
D-|-----------5--|-----------7--|----------7-5-|--7-----7-----|
A-|--7--5--7-----|--7--5--7-----|--------------|-----5-----4--|
E-|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
{repeat once each time played}

Em     D              C         D
Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Em      D             C           D
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
Am    G            F        F G
I was soaring ever higher
Am    G        D
But I flew too high
Em        D                C           D
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Em        D                  C           D
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
Am         G               F           F G
I hear the voices when I'm dreaming
Am    G         D
I can hear them say

Em    G     D       C
Carry on my wayward son
Em          G          D
There'll be peace when you are done
Em       G     D       C
Lay your weary head to rest
(N.C.)
Don't you cry no more

{riff}

Em    D           C          D
Masquerading as a man with a reason
Em    D           C            D
My charade is the event of the season
Am       G             F           F G
And if I claim to be a wise man
Am        G                  D
It surely means that I don't know
Em   D             C      D
On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Em     D                C           D
Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
Am    G                 F         F G
I set sail for winds of fortune
Am    G               D
But I hear the voices say

Em    G     D       C
Carry on my wayward son
Em          G          D
There'll be peace when you are done
Em       G     D       C
Lay your weary head to rest
(N.C.)
Don't you cry no more

{riff}

Em (mute)
Carry on
         D      C
You will always remember
Em (mute)
Carry on
        D          C
Nothing equals the splendor
Am       G                F
Now your life's no longer empty
Am     G                D
Surely Heaven waits for you

Em    G     D       C
Carry on my wayward son
Em          G          D
There'll be peace when you are done
Em       G     D       C
Lay your weary head to rest
(N.C.)                                       Bm7
Don't you cry {vocal echo: Don't you cry} no more

[Submitted by JP Leong at hleong@worldnet.att.net]

Note: This is based on Carry on Wayward Son music done in a possibly different key 
(taken from an SATB 
The last time I heard the real song was a few months ago...
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Gatrie wrote on May 20 2008, 07:50 pm

Nope. Just no,pal. Sorry.

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MsAmorea wrote on April 28 2013, 10:31 am

I thought is was fine. Codoez for the riff it could be moved to a higher pitch or up the neck a little and I would have like the chords to the finished song but overall i liked it! So...yeah

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amy.barsoum wrote on May 6 2014, 09:55 pm

I play the riff like this:

e-|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
B-|--------------|--------------|--0--3--0-----|--------------|
G-|-----------0--|-----------2--|----------2-0-|--2-----2-----|
D-|--2--0--2-----|--2--0--2-----|--------------|-----2-----0--|
A-|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
E-|--------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|

It's a billion times easier. I think the chords for the rest of the song sound awesome for just singing along to . . . but where's the ending???

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