Point of Know Return (song)

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"Point of Know Return"
Point of Know Return German single cover.jpg
German cover
Single by Kansas
from the album Point of Know Return
B-side "Closet Chronicles"
Released October 1977
Recorded June–July 1977
Genre Progressive rock, progressive pop, pop
Length 3:13
Songwriter(s) Steve Walsh, Robby Steinhardt, Phil Ehart
Kansas singles chronology
"What's On My Mind"
"Point of Know Return"
"Dust in the Wind"
"What's On My Mind"
"Point of Know Return"
"Dust in the Wind"
Point of Know Return track listing
10 tracks
  1. "Point of Know Return"
  2. "Paradox"
  3. "The Spider"
  4. "Portrait (He Knew)"
  5. "Closet Chronicles"
  6. "Lightning's Hand"
  7. "Dust in the Wind"
  8. "Sparks of the Tempest"
  9. "Nobody's Home"
  10. "Hopelessly Human"

"Point of Know Return" is a song by the progressive rock band Kansas written by Steve Walsh, Robby Steinhardt, and Phil Ehart for their 1977 album Point of Know Return. It is written mostly in combinations of 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures, phrased as 4+4+4+3 in the verses, a 4/4 pre-chorus and the main chorus phrased 7+7+4+4 (7/4 time).

It has been re-released on many compilation and live albums, including The Best of Kansas, The Kansas Boxed Set, The Ultimate Kansas, Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection, 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. Live video performances were also released on Device, Voice, Drum and There's Know Place Like Home. The musical publishing organization BMI presented certifications to the songwriters for over 2 million plays of the song in 2013, as part of the band's 40th anniversary celebration at a concert in Pittsburgh.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977–78) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 28
U.S. Cash Box Hot 100[3] 17
Canadian RPM Top Singles 13


  1. ^ Glixman, Jeff (March 17, 2015). "Jeff Glixman – Past the Point of Know Return!" (Interview). Interview with Jeb Wright. Classic Rock Revisited. 
  2. ^ "Hot 100 1978-01-21". Racpro.com. 1978-01-21. Retrieved 2018-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 1/14/78". Tropicalglen.com. 1978-01-14. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 

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