“Dust in the Wind” by the group Kansas: Ecclesiastes 1:14

 

See Ecclesiastes chapter 1 verse 14 below from our 1782 Robert Aitken “Bible of the Revolution”.

 

I first heard the song “Dust in the Wind” in 1978 while listening to my new Kansas album “Point of Return”.  When I got through the “Dust in the Wind” track, I immediately thought of the book of Ecclesiastes.   I should have been depressed or at least consider my life and its end, but no.  The wisdom did not sink in.  It was not my time.  It seems that band member, Kerry Livgern, who wrote the lyric for “Dust in the Wind”, was searching for God during the writing of this song. Seven years later, in 1980, he became an Evangelical Christin.  I did in 1985, although I am not sure what Evangelical means.  You should listen to this 8 minutes 41 second interview with him discussing his search for God from the age of 9, thru high school, and during his time in the band, at the following link:

 

 

 

Lyrics to “Dust in the Wind”:

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

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 (the wind)

 

You might also enjoy the group Kansas singing “Dust in the Wind” which was based on Ecclesiastes chapter 1 verse 14, “Everything he has accomplished is futile — like chasing the wind!” as well other parts of Ecclesiastes and the book of Genesis chapter 2 verse 7, at the following link:  Enjoy this song!  I did.

 

 

Livgern obviously had not been reading Aitken’s version of Ecclesiastes when he wrote “Dust in the Wind”, but his lyrics look like he was reading or hearing a more modern version such as the NIV, aka “The New International Version”.   The NIV Ecclesiastes chapter 1 verse 14 reads, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”  Genesis chapter 2 verse 7 reads, “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 verse 20 reads, “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.  After listening to Livgern interview, I believe that he may have just picked up these concepts from living during our permeating Jesus Movement culture of the 60s & 70s.

 

 

Jim Darlack & I hope to have this Aitken’s 1782 Bible ready to publish in the next few months.  We have it already scanned and are just cleaning up the pages.

 

 

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Source:  http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=380  &  Kerry Livgren testimony