ARCHETYPAL OVERLOAD! Samsara, Icarus, Nicodemus, The Cynic Diogenes, The Prodigal Son, Kafka’s Hunger Artist, Socrates, Odysseus, Freud’s Oedipal Totem and Taboo Idealized Daddy Memory, and Christian Conversion—All in a Kansas Song! (And Accompanied by a Greek Chorus!)

Really.

Listen:

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
(just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion)
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high!
Though my eyes could see, I still was a blind man.
Though my mind could think, I still was a mad man.
I hear the voices when I’m dreaming.
I can hear them say:

(Chorus)
Carry on our wayward son.
There’ll be peace when you are done.
Lay your weary head to rest.
Don’t you cry no more.

Masquerading as a man with a reason.
My charade is the event of the season.
And if I claim to be a wise man, well, it surely
means that I don’t know.
On a stormy sea of moving emotion,
tossed around, I’m like a ship on the ocean,
I set a course for winds of fortune, but
I hear the voices say:

(Chorus)
Carry on our wayward son.
There’ll be peace when you are done.
Lay your weary head to rest.
Don’t you cry no more.

Carry on, you will always remember!
Carry on, none can equal this pleasure!
Now your life’s no longer empty!
Surely heaven waits for you!

(Chorus)

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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