Ever hear the sound of a death row chorus?
Ever see the look of a wolfman prowling the steps?
In this deep freeze bunker they store us
Send away the priest, 'cause they're ain't nothing more to confess

She had the innocent eyes of a Renoir lady
Clutched her black book like an angel nursing a child
"It's a quarter to midnight here, baby
If you're gonna stare, do it while I'm sleeping"

But her eyes, they shone of an innocent way...
In her eyes, we glimpsed of an innocent way...
And in the days that followed we were under a spell
Why's the girl visiting a prison cell?

Innocence, innocence,
Innocence lost
All souls want it back
Some uncover the cost
Innocence, innocence lost
Break free, look at me
Is your innocence lost?

He'd seen things that a man don't mention
Sunk into his eyes was a weariness nothing could heal
"Don't tell me 'bout your cheap salvation
What's a man do when he don't feel nothing?"

But her eyes, they shone of an innocent way...

She said, "Beyond these bars there are things you can't see"
He spoke slowly
"Ain't no pardon for me"

Innocence, innocence,
Innocence lost
All souls want it back
Some uncover the cost
Innocence, innocence lost
She said, "Look at me,
Don't you, don't you lose your innocence
Don't lose your innocence"
He said, "God's own angels couldn't give me hope
When you leave me hanging, just leave me enough rope"

But her eyes he glimpsed of an innocent way...

And on the eve of destruction they were shining the chair
Outside vigils, inside men were sobbing
As she kissed his forehead when the morning had dawned
He said softly to her, "I'll see you beyond"


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    General CommentSteve Taylor has this sort of odd relationship with Christian rock.. Like Amy Grant in 'Ask me', I'm not even sure if he realizes that there are two - at least - meanings in everything he sings. In this particular case, he's talking about a christian woman visiting a death row inmate - after all, all is forgiven, if only you'll acknowledge god, right?

    Let me ask you - why would there ever be a hell that was a eternal and final resting place, if god were a moral and reasonable creature?

    Hopefully, we'll all see each other beyond - and hopefully, we'll all get there our own ways, not following someone else's map.
    SMUSER26982on April 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commentre: sheer

    >Let me ask you - why would there ever be a hell
    >that was a eternal and final resting place, if god
    >were a moral and reasonable creature?

    I struggled with this question for a long time until I read a book about a vision, I've forgotten the name. The answer is that's what we ask for. We ask to go to Hell. the real horror of it is not flames and demons and torture or whatever. It's being apart from God. if you decide in this life you don't need God, he accepts your decision and unwillingly lets your real master take you. that's what free will is.
    Cherub Rockon June 25, 2003   Link

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