"Innocent Man" as written by and Lief Liebmann....
How long, how long are you asking me to stay?
I cannot stand to watch you kneel today
I saw your hope and turned my face away from you

But under her skirt I see the nation's pain
All kicked with dirt, she crossed her legs in shame
How can you hurt a man who knows your name?
It's true

I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
I will not, I will not put the gun in my
I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man
I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
I will not, I will not put the gun in my
I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man

You sit down, you sit down, you sit down, you sit down, you sit down
I watched her fall into the ground

How wrong, how wrong it is to let us guess which god is real?
Which faith would suit us best?
Oh god of pete's, quit trying to impress
Are you alive?
Why?

I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
I will not, I will not put the gun in my
I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man

You sit down, you sit down, you sit down, you sit down, you sit down
I watched her fall into the ground

If you say, I believe it now, what we got we gave away
Holy god, that we have failed
We killed your carpenter with nails
In the end, when the fire comes burning up the souls we spend
Is it worth what we have paid?

I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
I will not, I will not put the gun in my
I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man
I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
I will not, I will not put the gun in my
I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man

You sit down...


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  • +2
    General Commenteleanor of aquitaine: led troops to the Crusade and accompanied them, which makes sense considering this song is about Jesus & Christianity and innocence. In the Atlast this makes sense because it refers to the blood in the ground (soldiers), it fits for other reasons but thats a whole other matter. i think this makse the most sense in the context of the two songs. eleanor literally put the guns in these mens hands to gain back the Holy Land.

    I think this song is questioning faith in general and if we would or should have faith in Jesus and what he did.

    Love like Pi makes a lot of references to Jesus, Christianity, and the question of faith in their music, which is why I am in love with them.

    this song talks about faith and innocence in today's society. The innocent man is Jesus, and she is praying to him (kneeling) but the man who is the speaker in this poem has turned away from her hope and faith. he questions why he is alive, and how can he accept Jesus as his savior when he cannot "kill an innocent" which is what happened to Jesus - he was an innocent who was crucified for his beliefs.

    talking about her skirt and all of that - referring to her loss of innocence. thats the problem with today's society - we are all lost and confused and the "nation's pain" is its loss of innocence and complete lack of faith. he says we have failed our God because of this lack of faith, this lack of innocence in today's society. "would we have paid" is questioning if we would have died for every one else's sins just as Jesus did.
    peaches1234on June 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh. my. goodness. seriously if you wanna know lyrics from a band... try this...
    GOING TO THEIR WEBSITE FIRST!
    look a love like pi up. the lyrics to this song are there!

    how long, how long
    are you asking me to stay
    I cannot stand
    to watch you kneel today
    I saw your hope
    and turned my face away
    from you

    under her skirt
    I see the nation's pain
    all caked with dirt
    she crossed her legs in shame
    how can you hurt
    a man who knows your name?
    it's true

    I cannot I cannot
    kill an innocent -
    Eleanor Eleanor
    put the gun in my -
    I cannot I cannot
    kill an innocent man

    how wrong, how wrong
    it is to let us guess
    which god is real
    what faith would suit us best?
    oh, god of peace
    we've been trying to impress
    are you alive?
    are you alive?
    and if so, why?

    if you say,
    I believe it now, what we got we gave away
    holy god,
    that we have failed
    we killed your carpenter with nails
    in the end,
    when the fire comes, burning up the souls we spend
    is it worth
    what we have paid?
    Archangelsjson April 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMaybe not exactly 100% correct but much better than the ones originally posted...

    How long, how long are you asking me to stay?
    I cannot stand to watch you kneel today
    I saw your hope and turned my face away from you

    But under her skirt I see the nation's pain
    All caked with dirt, she crossed her legs in shame
    How can you hurt a man who knows your name?
    It's true

    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
    I will not, I will not put the gun in my
    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man
    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
    I will not, I will not put the gun in my
    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man

    Just sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down
    I watched her fall into the ground

    How wrong, how wrong it is to let us guess which god is real?
    Which faith would suit us best?
    Oh god of beasts, quit trying to impress
    Are you alive?
    Why?

    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
    I will not, I will not put the gun in my
    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man

    Just sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down
    I watched her fall into the ground

    If you say, I believe it now, what we got we gave away
    Holy god, that we have failed
    We killed your carpenter with nails
    In the end, when the fire comes burning up the souls we spend
    Is there words? Would we have paid?

    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
    I will not, I will not put the gun in my
    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man
    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
    I will not, I will not put the gun in my
    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent man

    Just sit down...
    colinkeanyon February 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"In the end, when the fire comes burning up the souls we spend
    Is there words? Would we have paid?"

    I think the 'Is there words...' part sounds more like: "Is it worth what we have paid?" which makes more sense to me because they're talking of spending souls and they're questioning if their actions would be worth it in the end.
    sirensflashingon February 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe "i will not, i will not put the gun in my" part makes more sense than "eleanor, eleanor"....but in the previous song "The Atlas" on the cd it ends with a man talking to a lady named "eleanor" so i guess that just carried over when i was working on these lyrics...hopefully the cd release has the lyrics on the 24th..
    fedorov1fanon March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that fedorov1fan and colinkeany are both right.

    I cannot, I cannot kill an innocent
    Eleanor , I will not put the gun in my hand.


    i dont know really....i mean there has to be some link to the first songs mention of an Eleanor. I wish they would have put the lyrics in the cd case!!!!!!
    vandalrockeron April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell i am new to this site but i will tell u that u need to change the lyrics from i will not to Eleanor. the reason i kno this is because i saw the singer, lief, at a meet and greet at the monmouth mall in nj and i asked what it was and he said "it is Eleanor Eleanor...what was the other lyrics you said?" me: "i will not i will not" lief: "nope its Eleanor Eleanor, u hear it straight from the horse's mouth". i hate to seem bossy but please just change it
    munkeymanon August 01, 2009   Link

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