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08 The Innocent (1992)

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The Innocent

Lyrics/vocal arrangement (verses) : Sean Lang

Song composed (music and lyrics/vocal arrangement (refrain)) and

produced by : André C. Kalipke

André : Calm, serene, sad. A rarity by our standards, at least as far as the first two things are concerned. However, a quiet song like this one wasn't "planned", but came about due to mood. It was also impossible to foresee that I would feel the need to come up with lines for the refrain myself using some necessary words.

Sean : André submitted a short instrumental of this song in 5/92, with the full version following in 7/92. I wrote two verses for the song (based in part on "Woyzeck" by Georg Büchner) and I took the title "The Innocent" from a film which I was an extra in, but I couldn't come up with a refrain. André ended up providing the lyrics, vocal arrangement and backing vocals for the refrain in 8/92 (this version). The 1995 song "Where The Wild Roses Grow" by Nick Cave / Kylie Minogue always reminds me of this track (similar subject matter).

(Please also read the author comments of "The Band Introduces Itself" (vocal and recording quality, etc.)...). Lyrics - see below.


I don't really know how it all got started - this mad game

But from the very first day, it was all too clear - I would never be the same

As the other people around me glared warily in dismay

From then on, I knew that it was the beginning of a sad and lonely day

Remember being down on my knees as I begged them to accept

Didn't know, I was so naive - they just turned their backs, they chose to reject

Let me go, let me stay - just running away

There's nothing I've got to stay

You won't understand - you want to take blame

But people are always the same

You see what you want - you can't see the truth

Don't want to see anything else

You follow the crowd to be like the rest

Only to follow your own interests

I don't remember the sound of the river anymore

I can't see the trickle of blood running slowly - ever so slowly - down the shore

I wish I could tell you about the happenings of last night

Maybe I could give you a clue - maybe somehow we could set this whole thing right

I think I was down on my knees as I begged her to accept

Couldn't know, I was so naive - she just turned her back, she chose to reject


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