Kansas - People of the South Wind

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Kansas - People of the South Wind

Music video by Kansas performing People Of The South Wind. (c) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.


"People of the South Wind" is a progressive rock single recorded by Kansas and written by Kerry Livgren for their 1979 album Monolith. Following the success of previous singles "Carry On Wayward Son", "Point of Know Return", and "Dust in the Wind", the song became the band's fourth Top 40 hit.

Kansas guitarist Rich Williams would call the song the band's "most pop moment": (Rich Williams quote:)"[It] had that constant disco drum beat...We never had done happy sounds like that. We were always a much deeper, minor key, melodic band, unless it was a very grandiose thing like 'Song for America' [which] was more of classical composition....'People of the South Wind' was...more like us doing a disco song by somebody else."

The song was written about the Kaw people who gave the state Kansas its name. In the Kansa language, the tribe's name could roughly be translated to "People of the South Wind". After the Monolith tour, the song was not performed live again until the mid-1990s because the band believed fans did not like the album. Today the song is still performed live.
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