"Innocent When You Dream" as written by and Tom Waits....
The bats are in the belfry
the dew is on the moor
where are the arms that held me
and pledged her love before
and pledged her love before
Chorus:
It's such a sad old feeling
the fields are soft and green
it's memories that I'm stealing
but you're innocent when you dream
when you dream
you're innocent when you dream
Running through the graveyard
we laughed my friends and I
we swore we'd be together
until the day we died
until the day we died
Repeat chorus
I made a golden promise
that we would never part
I gave my love a locket
and then I broke her heart
and then I broke her heart
Repeat chorus


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    General Commentthis song will be playing while my friends & family
    inebriate themselves around my casket.
    howleykidon September 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthere's a Documentary called "In the realms of the Unreal", this song brings tears to my eyes whenever I see it.
    regbon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, I thought it was "such a subtle feeling" the way he sang it. "Sad old feeling" does make more sense.

    I think the song is about hopes (= dreams) that are dashed by reality. In this case, reality is the infidelity of the singer.
    gabrieldvineon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlways thought it was "sallow" before I looked at the lyrics. I like my version better, Waits will just have to deal with it.
    MarkKozelekon April 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI hear you howleykid. Mine too . . . mine too . . .
    bucky1337on June 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is about dying alone, with regret
    highway pigon September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I heard the song the first time I thought it's kind of weird. Maybe it's because I'm never used to such strange voice. But I really love the lyrics. Most of the songs pertain to someone being left by someone they love. With this one though, as you engage yourself with the words, you discover that the persona did the other thing around, which gives the first lines of the song a heavier feeling as you read it again.
    MissMarianon September 22, 2010   Link

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