Dust in the Wind


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"Dust in the Wind" is a song recorded by American progressive rock band Kansas and written by band member Kerry Livgren, first released on their 1977 album Point of Know Return. The song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas's only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. The 45-rpm single was certified Gold for sales of one million units by the RIAA shortly after the height of its popularity as a hit single. More than 25 years later, the RIAA certified Gold the digital download format of the song, Kansas' only single to do so certified as of September 17, 2008.  


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I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh, ho, ho

Now, don't hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won't another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind

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Kansas (i/ˈkænzəs/) is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name (natively kką:ze) is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind," although this was probably not the term's original meaning. Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans." For thousands of years what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the Eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the Western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in … more »

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Written by: Kerry Livgren

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10 facts about this song

Origin of the Song
"Dust in the Wind" is a song by American progressive rock band Kansas. It was written by band member Kerry Livgren and features on their 1977 album "Point of Know Return."
Song Composition
Initially, the song was a simple finger exercise for Livgren on the acoustic guitar. His wife, Vicci, heard it and suggested it could potentially be a good song, convincing him to write lyrics.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. It remains one of the band's most popular tracks and has been certified gold in the United States.
Meaning of the Song
"Dust in the Wind" is a piece of meditative music that is essentially about the fleeting nature of human life. The lyrics like "All we do crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see" underscores the fact that nothing in the world is permanent.
Worldwide Recognition
Despite its serious and somber theme, "Dust in the Wind" has become a staple of classic rock radio stations around the globe, highlighting the universal appeal of the track.
Covers and Pop-Culture References
The song has been covered by numerous artists and featured in a variety of television shows, films, and commercials, including popular films like "Final Destination" and "Old School."
Use in Educational Programs
The song is frequently used in music education programs due to its simple melody and fingerpicking pattern, allowing beginners to learn fundamental guitar playing techniques.
Not the Typical Kansas Sound
Despite its popularity, "Dust in the Wind" significantly differs from Kansas's typical progressive rock sound, which is characterized by complex compositions, heavy use of synthesizers and orchestral arrangements.
Live Performances
Even after four decades, "Dust in the Wind" is still performed live by Kansas during their concerts, indicating the timeless appeal of the song.
In 1978, "Dust in the Wind" was nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group category.

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