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Intro -no chords-:
Carry on my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Dm     C              Bb         C
Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Dm      C             Bb           C
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
Gm    F            Eb        Eb F  
I was soaring ever higher
Gm    F        C
But I flew too high
Dm        C                Bb           C
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Dm        C                Bb           C
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
Gm         F               Eb           
I hear the voices when I'm dreaming
Gm    F         C
I can hear them say

Dm    F     C       
Carry on my wayward son
Dm          F          C       
There'll be peace when you are done
Dm       F     C       
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Dm    C           Bb          C
Masquerading as a man with a reason
Dm    C           Bb            C
My charade is the event of the season
Gm       F             Eb           Eb F
And if I claim to be a wise man
Gm        F                  C
It surely means that I don't know
Dm   C             Bb      C
On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Dm     C                Bb           C
Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
Gm    F                 Eb         Eb F
I set sail for winds of fortune
Gm    F               C
But I hear the voices say

Dm    F     C       
Carry on my wayward son
Dm          F          C
There'll be peace when you are done
Dm       F     C       
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Dm -mute-
Carry on
         F      C
You will always remember
Dm -mute-
Carry on
        F          C
Nothing equals the splendor
Gm       F                Eb     Eb F
Now your life's no longer empty
Gm     F                C
Surely Heaven waits for you

Dm    F     C       
Carry on my wayward son
Dm          F          C
There'll be peace when you are done
Dm       F     C       
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more
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  1. Supernatural1967

    So I’m relatively new to the spn fam but LOVING watching through season 12 right now. I only came to this song through Supernatural, but am so glad I found it. Also loving Dust in the Wind by Kansas and Jensen Ackles’ cover of Simple Man.

  2. Supernatural1967

    Honestly though, we are pretty annoying. Even after one episode, that’s all we talk about!

  3. Supernatural1967

    I’m new to the whole Supernatural community, but after a little bit, I just had to see if this song was here and I got way too happy when I saw it. Also, loving the spn fandom taking control of the comments section. Just out of curiosity, who is everyone’s favorite character? Mine’s Castiel.

    • Lol atleast you weren’t named after him. My parents loved spn so much they named me Castiel and my brothers name is Dean and my sister is named Samantha. Sam for short. Uggg lol

  4. I love scrolling down to the comment section and seeing so much Spn fandom! This really made my day. But this song makes me cry :(


  6. SAMMAY!!!!!

    I love how sloppy but amazing out fandom is.

  7. esthers123

    I LOVE that all the comments are about spn!

  8. imapelican

    God this comment section is such a mess… I LoVE IT

  9. Glub Glub want rub rub

    xC|–2-0-2 —|-2-0-2—–|———————|——0———–|
    here’s another version of the riff for the beginning! Tbh I don’t know what key it’s in, I just thought it sounded cool…especially the slidey bits…………………

  10. What’s the strumming pattern?

  11. dean winchester

    this is honestly amazing

  12. LionelMessi10


  13. sarcasticUkulele48

    its so funny I used to love this song but never took the time to learn it, then I watched SPN…… now I know it better then any other song..

  14. Crowley King of Hell

    Now I can annoy the hell out of Moose and Squirrel! Mwahahaha

  15. I knew this song before Supernatural but I’m here because of it. XD

  16. the beaniest bean

    our fandom is such a mess

  17. i’m not even a supernatural fan (i wish i was but i get really scared super easily so yeah) but seeing all the spn fans so happy makes me happy :)

  18. carry on my wayward son, there’ll be pie when you are done

  19. I’m loving the fellow spn fans lol

  20. HeyLookAtThat

    Why are some people so offended that the spn fans have flooded the comments? Geez, let them be.

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