Cut off the light
Take a look
There's nothing beyond but pain
Suffer in the deepest void
The flame of hope isgone
What have I done?
Denied the father and the sun
For a moment it seemed
There's space beyond the spheres

Aflame the night
So clear and bright
Unstable light
You've been sacrificed in fear
Now there's one thing for sure
I'm not afraid anymore

Day after day we've been fixed in the bowl
For so long
For ages we're captured in shells
And crystallized walls
Predestined or punished?
By man or god?

I cannot, I will not
Deny it's false innocence
I cannot, I will not
The age of false innocence
Take it away from me

For a while
Astronomy has moved the earth
And we've turned around the sun
Sanctum officium
Has made me believe
Has made me believe
Has made me believe

"We know for sure you're lying
Would you like to mess with holy science
You know the fear of dying
Would it be worth it to hear you crying"
I've slaughtered truth
And I've shattered my heart

Far too long I have played with hellfire
And science has turned into madness
But I should have taken it higher
So I feel so I feel
Like Judas must have felt before
That Wednesday night near by the tree

Day after day we will gratefully suffer for more
Predestined's our part
So we Bleed in the name of god

Don't believe in their eternity
We're still held in blindness
And I've been turned into a liar
If there is no heaven
There won't be release

I cannot, I will not
Deny it's false innocence
I cannot, I will not
The age of false innocence
I cannot, I will not
Deny it's false innocence
I cannot, I will not
The age of false innocence
Take it away from me



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"Age of False Innocence" as written by Andre/kuersch Olbrich

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  • +2
    General Comment:About Galilei or Copernicus...I believe Galilei, as I don't think the Sanctum Officium had been established as the leading body of the Inquisition while Copernicus lived.
    katharoson June 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It is indeed. While both Copernicus and Galileo both held the same belief about the Crystal Spheres and the geocentric model of the earth, Copernicus had avoided bringing down the wrath of the church. I think the reason, personally is that Gallileo had something more to prove it, whereas Copernicus could've been making an easily dismissed theory, Galileo could show that things turned around other heavenly bodies in a way that is difficult to refute.
    lightcecilon December 19, 2005   Link
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    Song Meaning:It is clearly related to Galileo and its "abiura" (public deny) made in front of the Sanctum Officium to avoid being sentenced to death by them. Its innocence (of being a heretic), obtained dening heliocentrism, is clearly "false".

    After a lot of studies, in which he demostrated that Ptolemaic model was wrong, he tried to spread its research foundings, even to church people (card. Bellarmino, "for a moment it seemed / there's space among the spheres", both real and metaphorical), but with no results ("the flame of hope is gone"), apart a charge of heresy. Then to avoid a sure death penalty, he denied its heliocentric theory ("denied the sun"). It must be said that in Italy the legend tells that he said "Eppur si muove!" ("And yet, it moves!", referred to the earth) to the Sanctum Officium, after the public deny.

    In fact, the song says that "for a while astronomy has moved the earth and we've turned around the sun", but this belief does not last long ("sanctum officium has made me believe" the opposite theory). The quoted part ("We know for sure you're lying / Would you like to mess with holy science / You know the fear of dying / Would it be worth it to hear you crying") is by the church prosecutors which are threatening him of death. They know for sure he was lying since, according to some interpretations, it is written in a Psalm that the sun is moving, so it is a "holy science", not empirical.

    Since in the end he denied its belief, its heart, as a scientist, is shattered by its own cowardy: he feels like Judas after accepting to betray Jesus ("so I feel / Like Judas must have felt before /That Wednesday night near by the tree", i.e. the night before the betrayal, after having sold Christ to the High Priest and the Romans, since he sold the science to religion).

    The last part of the song is a Galilei warning for his students and successor scientists: "Don't believe in their eternity", the one promised by the church / "We're still held in blindness", because they are forced to believe in something empirically wrong / "And I've been turned into a liar", since he publicly admitted that the heliocentric theory was a lie / "If there is no heaven There won't be release", if even heaven is a lie, and he was sentenced to house prison for life, there would have been no release for him, not even after death.
    superfranz83on June 06, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Comment:^w-w-whaaaa??¿
    Anilandon December 17, 2006   Link

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