Carry On Wayward Son

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"Carry On Wayward Son"
Single by Kansas
from the album Leftoverture
B-side "Questions of My Childhood"
Released December 1976
Recorded December 1975
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 5:26
Label Kirshner
Writer(s) Kerry Livgren
Producer(s) Jeff Glixman, Kansas
Kansas singles chronology
"It Takes a Woman's Love (To Make a Man)"
"Carry on Wayward Son"
"What's on My Mind"

"Carry On Wayward Son" is a progressive rock single recorded by Kansas and written by Kerry Livgren for their 1976 album Leftoverture. In 1977, the song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first Top 40 hit.[citation needed]

The 7" single has been certified Gold by the RIAA. This version was a much shorter version of the song, edited down to 3:26, a version that was also the band's only single to chart in the UK, reaching number 51 there.[1] All initial releases of the single had a B-side of "Questions of My Childhood". The song was later re-released on the Kansas compilation albums The Best of Kansas, On the Other Side, The Kansas Boxed Set, The Ultimate Kansas, and Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection. It was also included on the live Kansas albums Two for the Show, Live at the Whisky, King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas, Dust in the Wind, Device, Voice, Drum, and There's Know Place Like Home, along with the DVD companions to Device, Voice, Drum and There's Know Place Like Home. The song is played on every season finale of The CW's Supernatural.[2]

This song is 96th on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976-77) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
Canadian RPM Top Singles 5
United Kingdom Singles Chart 51

Gwar's cover[edit]

In 2012, The A.V. Club, a pop culture website, held its annual A.V. Undercover in which artists are invited to perform cover versions of reader-selected songs.[4] Gwar accepted the challenge and recorded a version of "Carry On Wayward Son" and released a video of it as well.[5] They also released a version on the European version of their album Battle Maximus.


  1. ^ "Chart Stats". Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Knight, Nicholas, Supernatural Season 1 Companion p. 148
  3. ^ "". Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ Graham 'Gruhamed' Hartmann (October 3, 2012). "GWAR Play Hilarious Cover of Kansas’ ‘Carry on My Wayward Son’". Loudwire. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Josh Modell (October 2, 2012). "GWAR covers Kansas". Retrieved September 14, 2014. 

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