Sunday, October 25, 2009

Kansas: You Learn Something New Every Day (Almost)!

This post originally appeared on my now-deleted blog, You Learn Something New Every Day (Almost)!

Ever hear the song "Portrait (He Knew)" by the group Kansas? It was released in 1977.

Here are the copyrighted lyrics:

He had a thousand ideas, you might have heard his name

He lived alone with his vision
Not looking for fortune or fame
Never said too much to speak of
He was off on another plane
The words that he said were a mystery
Nobody's sure he was sane

But he knew, he knew more than me or you
No one could see his view, Oh where was he going to

He was in search of an answer
The nature of what we are
He was trying to do it a new way
He was bright as a star
But nobody understood him
"His numbers are not the way"
He's lost in the deepest enigma
Which no one's unraveled today

But he knew, he knew more than me or you
No one could see his view, Oh where was he going to
And he tried, but before he could tell us he died
When he left us the people cried,
Oh where was he going to?

He had a different idea
A glimpse of the master plan
He could see into the future
A true visionary man
But there's something he never told us
It died when he went away
If only he could have been with us
No telling what he might say

But he knew, he knew more than me or you
No one could see his view
Oh, where was he going to
But he knew, you could tell by the picture he drew
It was totally something new,
Oh where was he going to?

In over thirty years, I vaguely wondered whom the song was about, assuming it was a real-life person.

It was.

After hearing the song for the zillionth time on the playlist I've embedded on my The Lair of the Silver Fox blog, I decided to look it up.

It's about Albert Einstein.

I was disappointed, somehow. Not sure why.

Oh, well.

Thanks for your time.


  1. Adding sometimes it's better not to know!:D

  2. Right with you on that one!lol

  3. See that's why we should never explain something like music or poetry cause sometimes people think it's about this while it's completely about something else and if they knew what's going on in an artist's mind they will say WTF!A bit like magic tricks I guess..non?nevermind!

  4. Very good point(s), Candie.

    Also, it's nice to see that someone is reading this blog. I'm always afraid it's too boring.

  5. People throw stones at other people too quickly!Isn't it?

  6. No you are NEVER boring!You too damn clever,talentuous and funny to be boring!


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