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Song for America
Kansas Lyrics


Virgin land of forest green, dark and stormy plains, here all life abounds
Sunlit valley, mountain fields, unseen in the rain, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in earth's delights

Painted desert, sequined sky, stars that fill the night, here all life abounds
Rivers flowing to the sea, sunshine pure and bright, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in earth's delights

So the maiden lies in waiting for the sails to reach the shore
Land of beauty and abundance, innocent, you opened wide your door
Wanderers found the waiting treasure, full of gifts beyond their measure
Milk and honey for our pleasure

Across the sea there came a multitude, sailing ships upon the wave
Filled with visions of Utopia and the freedom that they crave
Ravage, plunder, see no wonder, rape and kill and tear asunder
Chop the forest, plow it under

Highways scar the mountainsides, buildings to the sky, people all around
Houses stand in endless rows, sea to shining sea, people all around
So we rule this land, and here we stand upon our paradise
Dreaming of a place, our weary race is ready to rise

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: KERRY LIVGREN, KERRY A LIVGREN

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Virgin land of forest green, dark and stormy plains, here all life abounds
Sunlit valley, mountain fields, unseen in the rain, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in Earth's delights

Painted desert, sequined sky, stars that fill the night, here all life abounds
Rivers flowing to the sea, sunshine pure and bright, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in Earth's delights

So the maiden lies in waiting, for the sails to reach the shore
Land of beauty and abundance, innocent, you opened wide your door
Wanderers found the waiting treasure, full of gifts beyond our measure
Milk and honey for our pleasure...

Across the sea there came a multitude, sailing ships upon the wave
Filled with visions of Utopia, and the freedoms that they crave
Ravage, plunder, see no wonder, rape and kill and tear asunder
Chop the forest, plow it under...

Highways scar the mountainside, buildings to the sky, people all around
Houses stand in endless rows, from sea to shining sea, people all around
So we rule this land and here we stand upon our paradise
Dreaming of a place, our weary race is ready to arise



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βud Small

this underrated track has everything that made Kansas great at the long form classical rock music piece, (borrowed from the structure of pure classical music): recurring overlayed themes, excellent phenomenally perfect drumming (those single triplets and doublets on the breaks!), pinpoint bass structures and runs, massive keyboard/piano/string builds, perfect pitch lead vocals, beautiful piano and violin solos...yeah...an overlooked masterpiece in every way! 🎧🎼🎻🎹👍

jason ferrell

@Sari Chapman indeed! Their whole work is very good.

jason ferrell

@Nosh care or don't care.U haz a sad? Got a case of the mehs? I totaly get it.

Nosh

why sould i care tho???????

βud Small

@jason ferrell ya come to think of it some parts do! I'm thinking your talking about the staccato snare/bass timing first heard during the intro that carries into the first actual lyric line (that repeats throughout). It's a speeded up variant of a half time shuffle really (eg. the brilliant Bonzo drum work on Zeps "Fool in the Rain")...the difference is that this drummer uses staccato snare timing embellishments, instead of accentuating them moreso on the hi-hat ....he's keeping time on the bell a lot actually. He's got a great (what I call) "top/bottom": a snare/bass syncopated sound that's very distinctive...Gene Krupa style influenced?
But what do I know lol...I learned drumwork the same time I learned bass then taught myself guitar so it's squat really... 😂🤭

jason ferrell

Side note, Kansas were doing a lot of cocaine/ speed i imagine

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dreyxxyz

This is possibly the most Majestic Song ever written!

sabbath maidenfan

That's entirely possible

Fernando Angulo

I do agree with you, . . .

Symbalon Smiradion

Sail on
Sail on
I will rise each day to meet the dawn.

I was listening to this song two days in a row in the morning and the third day was the 9-eleven ... I leave the comments to you.

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