"Innocence Maintained" as written by and Jewel Kilcher....
Ophelia drowned in the water
Crushed by her own weight
Hitler loved little blue-eyed boys
And it drove him to hate
Birds always grow silent before the night descends
Cause nature has a funny way of breaking what does not bend

A hero's torso built of steel and Novocain
His heart a bitter beat inside a bloodless frame
There was a hole inside his soul a manicure could not fill
So he found himself a whore to love
While daisies choked in the window sill

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we made a place
Where people's souls may be seen and made safe
Be careful with each other
These fragile flames
For innocence can't be lost
It just needs to be maintained

A small town in Ohio
Two boys are filled with violence
And darkness spreads its legs for hate and ignorance
We are given to a god to put our faith therein
But to be forgiven, we must first believe in sin
We've made houses for hatred
It's time we made a place
Where people's souls may be seen and made safe
Be careful with each other
These fragile flames
For innocence can't be lost
It just needs to be maintained

I want to live bravely and love without fear
I want always to feel the wings of grace near
We all will be Christed when we hear ourselves say
We are that to which we pray

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we made a place
Where people's souls may be seen and made safe
Be careful with each other
These fragile flames
We've built houses for hatred
It's time we made a place
Where people's souls may be seen and made safe

Be careful with each other
These fragile flames
For innocence can't be lost


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"Innocence Maintained" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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    General CommentI think this is one of Jewel's best songs. It threads together many themes that appear in other work.

    1) The importance of applying our energy to positive persuits, justice, happiness, love, beauty, caring for humanity. Let's build each other up and not destroy.
    "We've made houses for hatred
    It's time we make a place where
    People's souls may be seen and made safe"

    2) The fragility of humanity and the power and beauty of innocence.
    "Be careful with each other these fragile flames
    Innocence can't be lost it just needs to be maintained"

    3) The righteousness of tolerance for fellow humans.
    "Cause nature has a funny way of breaking what does not bend"
    "As night in the darkness spreads it's legs for hate and ignorance."


    The cynical among us may scoff at these simple themes but I'd argue that these ideas are not stated often enough. And in today's society it is the cynical that has become cliche.
    troubadour13on August 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion she is basically saying give people a chance, they may have done wrong before, but we are all human. we are all innocent if we maintain that point of view
    silhouettedon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe one question I have is the first line:

    "Ophelia drowned in the water
    Crushed by her own weight"

    I'm confused about what she means that ophelia was crushed by her own weight. I see Hamlet's Ophelia as being the senseless victim of Hamlet's path of destruction. She represents the unintended concequences of our selfish actions. Hamlet dumps her because he is consumed by the hatred for his uncle and the injustice of his father's death. Then he kills her father accidentally in a fit of rage while lashing out at his uncle and mother. Ophelia drowns herself because she cannot handle the cruelty of it all. How is this Ophelia's own weight?

    If anything, she provides an example of how we need to care for all of humanity.
    troubadour13on August 03, 2009   Link
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    General Comment In my opinion, Jewel is very spiritual. If I had to guess her faith based on her songs, I would say that she is like me. She aligns herself with not one faith, but several. The most prominent appear to be Gnostic Christianity and Buddhism. In Buddhism, a common saying is that enlightenment is not something you can learn. You can only achieve it through a process of unlearning. As children, we don't have fear, hate, stereotypes, and we forgive very easily. We take a person at face value and don't judge their motives. Just because one person wrongs you doesn't mean everyone will. We leave ourselves and our hearts open. We learn the these negative behaviors along the way. We don't lose our innocence, it is always there, we just have to maintain it.
    All of her spiritual songs seem to have the same message. (Though beautifully put and each unique) Shed yourself of fear, hate, and anger. That is the only way to achieve true freedom/ spiritual awakening. Try to only let yourself feel positive emotions and cast that out to other people. Control no one but yourself. Love *everyone*. Teach others through your own actions. Live your life with meaning. I love her! At least that is how I take it. I know I may be bias... *LOL*
    Have a beautiful day!
    RachieDon March 30, 2010   Link

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