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Kansas: Dust in the Wind Meaning

Song Released: 1978

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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...


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    Aug 3rd, 2008 8:22am report

    This song is a reminder that we are mortal and we are very very small. ultimately everything we do in life will be lost and forgotten in history. This does not make me uncomfortable, rather it shows me that my problems are minuscule and should not be blown out of proportion. after all, if I am so small, than my problems must be even smaller. and if you fail, oh well, its gonna be forgotten in time anyway. give it your best shot, you only live once.


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    Oct 20th, 2005 10:42pm report

    I strongly disagree that this is about being worthless. I think that in this song Kerry Livgren is trying to convey that there is something more valuable than this world and all its repetition. Kerry Livgren has stated to be of the "Christian" faith and this song would greatly comply to that. When he says " all we are is dust in the wind"

    I think he is refering to the verse in the bible where God says " from dust you have come, to dust you shall return". We are in essence dust in the wind. We can't hold on to moments in this life, in this world. We need something divine to save us from being a drop in the sea. He wrote this song in honesty. We are dust in the wind and we can choose to try and buy a minute-which always results in failure- or we can find faith and trade in our lost longing for hope and reward in heaven.

    This is my personal opinion of what his intentions were in writing this song based on my knowledge of who he is as a person. In no way have I tried to express my own beliefs through this interpretation I am simply observing what I think is truth.


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    Dec 8th, 2007 12:53pm report

    "I close my eyes. Only for a moment and the moment's gone.
    All my dreams.. Flash before my eyes of curiosity."

    Time doesn't exist, it's simultaneous. Our minds set barriers to keep us from noticing that.

    "Same old song Just a drop of water in an endless sea All we do Crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see"

    Same again, our lives are that of a drop of water returning to the sea. When everything is connected, is this how it tries to justify it's existence?

    "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"

    Don't worry about how long you're going to be around. Killing yourself over building a future ends the same as if you tried to enjoy life. So the choice is yours.


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    Oct 6th, 2016 10:12pm report

    This song was never written by Kansas.

    This a stolen song. The real artist is from Toronto, Canada. The song inspired by many debilitating events happening to the artist; Multiple Sclerosis. She has been suffering most of her life. Her name is Cathy Cowel the name on the original music sheets sent in 1974 to New York. The rest is history..


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    Sep 22nd, 2016 9:35pm report

    Well this song in my opinion makes me think what bad things come they are dead in fast because it wouldn't be true to come. It makes me think of my family and all the problem that comes. That is why I like it, because everything that sounds sad is smaller than we think mostly. Just like when someone pasts away.


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    Feb 12th, 2016 2:37pm report

    This song is an acknowledgement that eventually, whether it is when we die or after, our impact on the world will fade away. It doesn't involve religion, but rather sticks to facts. It is only talking about life; not what happens after.

    To me it is saying that rather than seeking success, fame, fortune, etc we should try to enjoy the time we have.


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    May 27th, 2013 5:41pm report

    Such a beautiful song.. its about humans. A man is dying and he is looking back on his life. he starts to realize everything he did will just be forgotten in time, and It's not important, like dust floating in the breeze. Everything seems like something huge, but in reality our life is so small in this huge earth, and you eventually die, and even though it seems big, it's something tiny and short on the earth that will be around for billions of years. its so beautiful


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    May 13th, 2013 5:49pm report

    At first it reminded me of Eastern philosophy text. I finally wikid it and ...actual inspiration was from a book of Native American poetry, which includes the line "for all we are is dust in the wind. Doesn't surprise me as every spiritual message is the same just different messengers!


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    May 11th, 2013 5:33am report

    I think this song is a mixture of reality and religion. I just read an interpretation where someone was saying that Kerry was a religious man, and that he was referring to a bible verse that we often hear on Ash Wednesday. As a fellow Christian, I think that may be a possibility. However, I also think he is trying to remind us that we aren't as big as we wish to be. I love the line where he says, "all your money won't another minute buy". I think that is more of a reality type reference, because in the end of your life when you're on your death bed, it won't matter if you're the richest person. Money can't buy you time in the end. And once you're dead (dust in the wind) all that money has no purpose to you. This song is so beautiful.


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    Jan 17th, 2013 1:44pm report

    This song is very,very honest.early in the lyric he seems to be expressing discontent with the world he has found himself in.but by the end of the song,he seems to have found the strength to say "dont hang on".I think we can all relate.sometimes life leaves us saying "there must be more".But other times we are able to face the brutal truth and find real peace and beauty in that truth.


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    Jan 10th, 2013 1:23pm report

    Live life to the fullest, embrace it, savor it, and don't look back with any regret. For ultimately what we have is only a certain amount of time. When that is up the show is over. There are no re-do's.

    So basically it's the message that life is fleeting, nothing lasts forever, and when you are gone the passage of time will erase your existence.
    So don't get bogged down in trivialities and meaningless endeavors.

    It's all about TIME. Don't WASTE it!


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    Oct 22nd, 2012 10:39pm report

    This song sounds pretty hopeless... It may or may not have Christian influences, but the main message is..... Life is meaningless... Ordinarily, I'd be suicidal after hearing this song... But.... Love shall never die... And this unending Joy that I found inside of me... That will ALSO never die.... :)


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    Sep 29th, 2012 9:52pm report

    In one word:humility


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    Apr 10th, 2012 4:21pm report

    This song purely means that there is nothing else out there. Yes, Livgren wrote this, but he wrote this prior to becoming a Christian. He was on the 700 Club when Pat Robertson asked him how, he as a christian, was able to write this song. Uh, Pat, that was before Livgren found Christ.


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    Mar 6th, 2012 3:27pm report

    I think this song speaks to the soul spirit. I don't think it's morose or depressing. I think it's cleansing. It tells us how life is. It is fleeting, momentary... Life goes on until it's gone. And that we shouldn't burden ourselves with these temporary things. When we fight, when we lose someone, when we fail, when we are sad, these are temporay, because they are "dust in the wind." Our lives are brief here, easily forgotten as people live only for themselves. I think the song says don't be too proud of all you have done, all you have accumulated because they will be gone someday as will you. Also because the lyrics were written from a line in a Native American poem,I believe the poem also reminds that because we are fleeting on this earth, we ought to tread lightly.


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    Feb 20th, 2012 2:24pm report

    The best interpretation of this song I heard from a high school classmate who ended up dying way too young of cancer so his thoughts really resonate with me. I said that I thought the song was depressing and he told me it was magical because when he hears it he thinks of glitter flying in the wind. Now when I hear the song, I think about being connected to the earth through birth and death and the wonderful sparkle of glitter in the wind that my friend Mark envisioned as the beauty of the lives that have passed.


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    Feb 4th, 2012 2:10pm report

    I think this is a very beautiful song. It reminds me us (humans) as the dust and the winds are the power of our creator. I believed we are blown by the power of GOD in every place or jouney of our lives.


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    Nov 25th, 2011 11:48am report

    Psalm 103:14-17
    " 14 For He knows what we are made of,
    remembering that we are DUST.

    15 As for man, his days are like grass—
    he blooms like a flower of the field;

    16 when the WIND passes over it, it vanishes,
    and its place is no longer known.

    17 But from eternity to eternity
    the LORD's faithful love is toward those who fear Him,
    and His righteousness toward the grandchildren"

    I don't think you there is any other way to understand this song without using this scripture verse. The Bible never says we will live forever on this world, or without pain and suffering. But it does say we will be with Christ in eternity if we acknowledge our sins, and believe that Christ died for them, and loves us with faithful love.

    This was my father's favorite song. He died a week ago today, after having become a Christian at age 82. We played it at his Memorial today, a testimony to the fact that while his body was dust in the wind, his memories live on in our hearts, and he is with Christ, with no more pain and suffering. My father lived life to the max - professional athlete, Ph.D professor and educator, coach and mentor, but in the end, he realized only God mattered, and only God lasted forever, and he wanted to be with him.

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