Point Of Know Return

Album: Point Of Know Return (1977)
Charted: 28
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by Kansas drummer Phil Ehart, violinist Robby Steinhardt, and frontman Steve Walsh, this was the first track from the band's fifth album, Point Of Know Return, released in October 1977. It was included in the album at the last moment, but became one of their most popular songs, still getting airplay on Classic Rock radio. >>
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    Edna - Madrid, Spain
  • The lyric is about a seafaring journey, with our hero joining a crew and heading into the ocean. He wonders when the ship will reach the point of no return, when there will be no going back.
  • Kansas set themselves apart on this song by arranging it like an orchestra, with interplay between violin, guitar and synthesizer. Layering vocals on top, it gave them a signature sound.
  • Kansas is indeed from the very landlocked state of Kansas, but they have a thing for nautical imagery as heard in this song. Guitarist Rich Williams has said that they think of themselves on a boat together, pulling in the same direction.
  • Note the title is "Point Of Know Return," which makes the song much more profound. There had been popular songs called "Point Of No Return" (one by Gene McDaniels, another by Adam Wade), but this was the first with the Kansas spelling.

Comments: 5

  • Diego from New MexicoDistinction - other songs, etc., already titled "Point of No Return". Might also allude to the "known" point of no return.
  • Josh from Tennessee“The outer outlook meaning of this song by KANSAS is about being in the mindset of a heroic sea Voyager going on a sea journey, believing the Flat Earth Theory that when you get to the point of 'know' return is the ''known'' edge marker[imaginary line] on that certain part of the ocean when reached, either to cross the line and keep going to explore the unknown further to it's edge, or ''stop'' and go back to the Familiar.”
  • Barry from New York, NcThis song was more typical Kansas than "Carry on Wayward Son." A very easygoing uptempo song without any guitars.
  • Frank from Rochacha, Nydoes anyone know why it is point of KNOW return and not NO return? Thanks
  • Robert from Bronx, NyState Farm Commercial (Asian Dude) LOL !
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