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Carry On My Wayward Son Chords


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Lyrics, Chords, and that awesome riff!

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]
{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
Don't you cry no more


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
Don't you cry no more


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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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:


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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