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Kansas lyrics

Album: In the Spirit of the Things [1988]

Tracks12
 01  Ghosts
 02  One Big Sky
 03  Inside Of Me
 04  One Man, One Heart
 05  House On Fire
 06  Once In A Lifetime
 07  Stand Beside Me
 08  I Counted On Love
 09  The Preacher
 10  Rainmaker
 11  T.O. Witcher
 12  Bells Of Saint James
all Kansas lyrics



Ghosts
(Steve Walsh / Steve Morse / Bob Ezrin)

There's tombstone in a snowy field
Close by an old ghost town
The epitaph's been weather-blown away
There's a belltower where petitions peeled
It's been half torn down
But it must have softened every soul that came to pray

There's a schoolhouse full of broken glass
And wounded walls
The rusty swings like derelicts sleeping in the weeds
There's a picture-graduation class
Staring down deserted halls
"THE HOPE OF 44" is what it reads

It's just as if some restless wind blew their dreams away far away
It's just as if those dreams had never been but oh-
I feel their ghosts around me now- I hear them say
They've come back home to dream those dreams againback to top
One Big Sky
(H. Kleinfeld / M. Ehmig
Additional Lyrics by Steve Walsh, Bob Ezrin & Phil Ehart)

Colored banners - color kills
What color is the blood that spills
If we don't see it no one will
Under one big sky
Guns and plowshares - promise land
Ghosts of war stretch out their hand
If we don't hear them no one can
Under one big sky

Under one big sky a voice is crying to be heard
But in a world where love has died
That voice seems so absurd
We are children of the future
- maybe we're just passing through here
All depends on what you do here
Under one big sky

Quest for power; pay the cost
Liberty in tempest tossed
If we don't stop them, we'll be lost
Under one big sky

Under one big sky a voice is crying to be heard
But in a world where love has died
That voice seems so absurd
We are children of the future
- maybe we're just passing through here
All depends on what you do here
Under one big skyback to top
Inside Of Me
(Steve Morse / Steve Walsh)

The fire's inside me - the bridges burn
Love is the lesson but love never learns
And if it's all up to me, in a matter of time
All theses memories will return

Try to run a little faster - try to reach for the sky
Try to come a little closer; even if I lose, I gotta try

Inside of me, is a man that I knew
Who could rattle these chains - who could shake these cages
Inside of you, is a dream that I see
And the echoes of voices are calling
Inside of me - Inside of me

I've captured the nightmares that burst in your bed
I've run with the horses inside your head
But as I turned to walk away, I never heard you say
"We are hanging by a thread!"

So I skated in circles over cracks in the ice
And I stand in the shadows; now my heart must pay the price

Inside of me, is a man that I knew
Who could rattle these chains - who could shake these cages
Inside of you, is a dream that I see
And the echoes of voices are calling
Inside of me - Inside of meback to top
One Man, One Heart
(M. Spiro / D. Huff)

This is my beginning
Tomorrow holds my hand
Yesterday is dead and gone
Buried in the sand
The vision stands before me
And now there's nothing else
So close your eyes and realize
The way I see myself

One man, one heart
Standing in the flame
Can you hear my voice tonight
I'm calling out - I'm calling out your name

You've broken my defenses
And opened up my soul
The love I tried to keep inside
I cannot control
So let the wind be silent
The ocean turn to sand
And let your body dream of me
And see me as I am

One man, one heart
Standing in the flame
Can you hear my voice tonight
I'm calling out your name

One man, one heart reaching for the light
If I can hold on, I'll come through the darkback to top
House On Fire
(Steve Walsh / Steve Morse / Bob Ezrin / Phil Ehart)

She strides down 7th street
Smokey night - summer heat
Commotion - concrete fires
Where neon souls are burning

His whole life - a hung jury
She was the crime - Wheel's gonna pay
She's got blue steel; cocked and locked
She is Justice - Justice is burning

She's turning the tables upside down
She's like a flame; she's burning higher
She's like a house on fire - House on fire

Wheel feels lucky - drinkin' blind
One track mind - sheer distraction
Steps on cracks, breakin' backs
Nothin's sacred on the other side

He turns left - she turns right
They both step through the veil of night
Cold blue steel reflection
And Wheel's got nowhere to hide

She's turning the tables upside down
She's like a flame; she's burning higher
She's like a house on fire - House on fire
Players of passion playing with fire
Streetlights are flashing but who are they for
Fisted love fueling fantasy
Is love worth the fire he's asking forback to top
Once In A Lifetime
(A. Armato / D. Morgan / A. Hammond)

If only it was raining out tonight
Reflections on the sidewalks would take me back in time
You told me when I left you standing there
Someday I'd be sorry
Well that day is here

I was wrong, oh so wrong
I should have known
That you were the one
Now I know a love like yours only comes along

Once in a lifetime
Once in your life you'll find
The kind of love that never ends
The kind I want back again

You were trying
I could see it in your eyes
As I held a one way fare
To some false paradise
I was dying to spread my restless wings
Now just to see your face again
I'd do anything

I was wrong, oh so wrong
A dreamer in a small town can survive
Now I know it's love like yours
That keep these dreams alive

Once in a lifetime
Once in your life you'll find
The kind of love that never ends
The kind I want back again
So let the rain fall down
Take me back oh take me back
Don't let me down
Let the rain fall down
It's such a lonely sound
Don't let me down

Once in a lifetime
Once in your life you'll find
The kind of love that never ends
The kind I want back againback to top
Stand Beside Me
(M. Jordan / B. Gaitsch)

I can feel someone here
In the air tonight
Waiting alone inside for survival
Cruising this place
Like flesh on a neon sign
Brighten up my life tonight
Before the candle flickers

Stand beside me
I will never let you fall
Stand beside me
I'll come whenever you call
I will take it to the wall
I had a life out here
Like a rumble fish
Waiting to drown like all of my rivals
Hiding in rooms so hot
To the human touch

Choose your poison if you can
Take this heart of mine and...

Stand beside me
I will never let you fall
Stand beside me
I'll come whenever you call
I will take it to the wallback to top
I Counted On Love
(Steve Morse / Steve Walsh)

I'm hangin' on - cause I hate letting go (I hate letting go)
I'm not that strong - but you already know; how I hate letting go
We believed that dreams came true, now that picture's torn in two

I counted on love but love will never cry for me
I counted on love but love will never lie for me
I counted on love but lover say goodbye for me
I counted on love

Some great defender - is that what you need? To heal not to bleed
Some great pretender - shouting
"Set yourself free - Set yourself free"
Why do memories have to be like a lock without a key

I counted on love but love will never cry for me
I counted on love but love will never lie for me
I counted on love but lover say goodbye for me

I was flying oh so high
Now I'm trying not to cry
I was trying - but I'm dying, 'caus I hate letting go

I counted on love but love will never cry for me
I counted on love but love will never lie for me
I counted on love but lover say goodbye for me

I counted on love I counted on youback to top
The Preacher
(Steve Walsh / Steve Morse)

Gather round the preacherman gather round here
If you're waiting for the word that'll make it all clear
When you look in the sky you can see what he sees
There's a fire in the Belt of Hercules

Well the man in the collar says come to the fold
Bible in his hand tassle of gold
Says heaven could be locked but he's got a set of keys
They fit the buckle in the belt of Hercules

We all gotta come to the light together
Put your dreams in your pocket boy
We all gotta come to the light together
Follow me
The preacherman's climbing up above a timberline
Bible in his hand praying for a sign
Says "I'm tired of the devil - I'm down on my knees!"
"I'll fight the battle for the belt of Hercules"

We all gotta come to the light together
Put your dreams in your pocket boy
We all gotta come to the light together
Follow meback to top
Rainmaker
(Steve Walsh / Steve Morse / Bob Ezrin)

Have you ever seen a miracle - you couldn't doubt or imitate
What's it really worth to you to shake the holy hand of fate
Well I did what I could to make ends meet
Been a gunrunner and a medicine man
In a Kansas town I was a rainmaker - there the hand of fate got out of hand

Rainmaker Rainmaker save this one horse town
Rainmaker pray to heaven

From the Flint Hills the land was cracked and dried
Thirsty streets in misery
I took the sign down that said medicine man
Put one up that said rainmaker - that was me
So the townspeople gave me money up front
To light a fire - pray, and dance around
Tell them it'd rain so they'd all go to bed
And I'd make my break clean out of town

But I started this dance and a storm kicked up
The sky went black from coast to coast
It was too late to stop - it was to late to pray
I had summoned down the Holy Ghost
Oh the searing wind and the clouds of dust
And hell came raining down
What came out of me and the powers that be
Was the last of that one horse townback to top
T.O. Witcher
(Steve Walsh / Steve Morse)

Instrumentalback to top
Bells Of Saint James
(Steve Walsh / Steve Morse)

Her letters gave me purpose,
Her letters gave me pride
Armies far across the ocean
Guns and letters by our side
It was someone else's homeland
It was someone else's war
But at the line of the 38th parallel
It was her I fought them for

Her victory garden grew from weeds and from stone
I smelled those flowers in my sleep
The day I left as we were standing alone
She swore to me those dreams would keep

And the bells of St. James were ringing
The bells of St. James were ringing down
Lifting the eyes of those homeward bound

I don't remember when those words changed
Like Kansas summer turns to fall
But she quit talking 'bout the future
Never mentioned dreams at all

I don't blame my enemies and I don't blame my wife
For love fires that fleeted long ago
But when she wrote me about this change in her life
There was just one thing I had to know

And the bells of St. James were ringing
The bells of St. James were ringing down
Lifting the eyes of those homeward bound



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