Kansas – Dust in the Wind

My era knows the song by Kansas, called Dust in the Wind, recorded in 1977.  It goes like this:

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.

That’s a pretty despairing song and sentiment, isn’t it?  I personally happen to believe that we are a lot more than just dust blowing in a cosmic wind.  But the song represents the despair that was common back in the day when the song was popular.

What is the song about?  Opinion varies.  Some see in it an atheistic mourning.  Others see in it the perspective of someone who has learned or realized that their time is short and that perhaps their life has not been all they would have wished for it to be.  Others think that it’s about problems that beset us and the realization that we can’t do anything about them.  (I don’t agree with that either, to a large extent!)  Maybe it’s just about how small we are in the scheme of things – specks of dust in an immense universe.  Wikipedia says that it is about mortality and the inevitability of death.

Regardless, I loved the song then and I love it still.  I was listening to The Bridge (Sirius/XM radio) today and the song started to play just as I was getting out of the truck.  I hate when that happens.  For those who may wish to listen to it, here’s a link: Dust in the Wind.

Here’s a picture I shot in August in Kansas.  We’d stopped at a hotel for the night, and this was the view behind where we stayed.  A rather dismal scene…kinda helped me understand how the song may have come to be written.  Kansas?  Well, it’s not Glacier National Park!


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1577, Francis Drake set sail on The Golden  Hind from Plymouth, England, on the voyage that would take him around the world.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: blood gets its red color from the 35 trillion red blood cells that are flowing through your body at any given moment in time.


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