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
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 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 No. 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 all Kansas compilation albums (except for Works In Progress) and all Kansas live albums.

This song is 96th on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

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

In popular culture[edit]

The song is played often on the season finale of The CW's Supernatural.[3][need quotation to verify]


  1. ^ "Chart Stats". Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "". Retrieved February 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ Knight, Nicholas, Supernatural Season 1 Companion p. 148