Mysteries And Mayhem Lyrics - Kansas

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Well I'm trying to tell you about a thing I thought I saw
It came to me in a dream one night
When a voice began to call
I heard my name being summoned as I looked around to see
A hooded judge and jury
There was no mercy there for me
Well I can't make it, I just can't figure it out
This dream is drivin' me crazy
I gotta know what it's all about
The mark is upon me, and the mark of Cain brings fear

A cold wind's blowin' right down my back
I'm runnin, I'm runnin' from a figure that's dressed in black
I think my legs are made out of lead
Cause I'm runnin' but I'm going nowhere
The bad dream is coming closer and closer
I got a feelin' he'll always be there
Forever is a long time to spend in agony
And the demons of confusion have got a place for me
The mark is upon me, and the mark of Cain brings fear

I was tired, so tired of runnin'
I had to turn and look around
I saw eyes that looked right through me
And a voice that made no sound
My body froze and I stood and stared, unearthly face before me
From the depths of a hooded nightmare, I saw what could not be
Mysteries and mayhem from the pinnacle I see
There's no answer when there's no question
The mark of Cain bears hard on me

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Early Kansas rocker begins a journey | Reviewer: Uncle Scrotty | 11/22/2007

Reflecting Kansas decidedly schizophrenic approach for this period, this uptempo rocker from "Masque" (1975) features baroque organ flourishes bedding down with churning overdriven guitar hooks that sound as if Gentle Giant were comparing notes with Lynyrd Skynyrd. However, the lyric, ostenably describing an "arcane nightmare", carries a classical theme that resonates through all cultures and eras; the emergence of the hero who must slay the dragon (the "Demon Foes" of "The Pinnacle"-- stay tuned) in order to embark on his mission. In "Mysteries and Mayhem", the nascent hero is persued by his Jungian shadow archtype, or "doppleganger", that dark fragment of our personality where our most disturbing impulses and tendencies are kept in check. To face down ones shadow, although a terrifying experience, is a necessary step in all our lives; otherwise the shadow overtakes us and we are "damned".

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