Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son Chords

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Riff 1

Electric 2 / bass riff (6 measures)

| 1 & 2 & 3 4 & 1 & 2 3 & triplet | 1 & 2 3 & | (x2)

Keys [organ]/electric 1 single notes

Break down 1: (half time, octaves) (6 measures)

| 1 & 2 3 4 & | 1 2 triplet triplet | (x3)

Riff 1 with solo

Electric 2 / bass riff (6 measures)

Keys organ single notes

electric 1 solo

Break down 2: (half time, octaves 1 guitar very high) (4 measures)

| 1 & 2 3 4 & | 1 2 triplet triplet | (x2)

Tag: (half time) (3 measures)

All notes are different (you will have to pick them out)

Slow triplet x2 F (sustain for 2 measures)

Verse 1

(soft, only keys [piano] arpeggiated)

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

Chorus 1

Carry on my wayward son, There'll be peace when you are done

(hit and off) Riff 1

Lay your weary head to rest, don't you cry no more

Verse 2

(soft, keys [piano] /bass/drums only)

Masquerading as a man with a reason

My charade is the event of the season

And if I claim to be a wise man

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

Chorus 2

Carry on my wayward son, There'll be peace when you are done

Am C G F F (hit and off) 1 2 3 4*Drum hit

Lay your weary head to rest, don't you cry no more

Solo 1

(medium-soft, bass/drums/electrics only) (8 measures)

| 1 & 2 3 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & | 1 & 2 3 4 & 1 & 2 & | x2

Solo 2

(1st time, keys [organ] solo, 2nd time, electric solo)

| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 e | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | x2

Riff 1

Bridge

(medium)

Carry on 1 2 & 3 & 4 &

You will always remember

Carry on 1 2 & 3 & 4 &

Nothing equals the splendor

Now your life's no longer empty

Surely Heaven waits for you

Ending Chorus: (medium)

Carry on my wayward son, There'll be peace when you are done

Am C G F F (hit and off) Breakdown 2 vamp

Lay your weary head to rest, don't you cry no more