Kansas – “Dust In The Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son”

“Dust In The Wind” from Kansas features strongly in a short story I once wrote that takes place in a bar in (then West) Berlin, which in turn always reminds me of a Kate Bush song that begins with the line “You’ll find me in a Berlin bar in a corner, brooding” (“Saxophone Song” from her first album “The Kick Inside”.)

Last time I went back to that bar, some years ago, it had turned into a bright, slightly sterile pizzeria. No atmosphere and certainly no “Dust In The Wind” playing.

Anyway, back to “Dust In The Wind” itself.

This is the studio version accompanying what appears to be a privately made music “video” filmed on 8 mm film in 1977 and recently salvaged by the filmmaker’s son:

A live version of “Dust In The Wind” from 1982:

And finally “Dust In The Wind” unplugged:

There have been numerous cover versions of this song, for example by Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Scorpions.

Meanwhile I just found the band’s other big hit I had forgotten about, “Carry On Wayward Son”, which was the closing song to the 1977 movie “Heroes”, featuring Henry Winkler (“Fonzie” or “The Fonz” from the hit TV series “Happy Days”) and Sally Field (whom I always associate with “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun”, presumably the namesake of New Zealand record company Flying Nun).

Here’s “Carry On Wayward Son”, live in 1976 (although apparently only the vocals are live and the music is a studio version):

And this version of “Carry On Wayward Son” seems a lot more recent, the sound of the recording is definitely crisper…

Just goes to show, you can’t keep a good song down!


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