I can't be compromising in my thoughts no more
I can't prevent the times my anger fills my heart
I can't be sympathizing with a new lost cause
I feel I've lost my patience with the world and all

And all the politicians and their hollow promises
And all the lies, deceit and shame that goes with it
The working man pays everything for their mistakes
And with his life too if there was to be a war

So we can only get one chance, can we take it?
And we only got one life, can't exchange it
Can we hold on to what we have, don't replace it
The age of innocence is fading like an old dream

A life of petty crime gets punished with a holiday
The victims' mind are scarred for life most everyday
Assailants know just how much further they can go
They know the laws are soft, conviction chances low


You can't protect yourselves even in your own home
For fear of vigilante cries, the victims wipe their eyes
So now the criminal they launch right in our face
Judicial system lets them do it, a disgrace

Despondent public worries, where it will all end?
We can't protect ourselves, our kids from the crime trend
We cannot even warn each other of evil in our midst
They have more rights than us, you cannot call that just


Lyrics submitted by ricoetc

"Age of Innocence" as written by Stephen Percy Harris David Michael Murray

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    General Commentpaulo: Maybe you are right in the sence that this lyric may have originated from that particular case. I live in Mexico and it seems to be a perfect description of our reality, so even if it came from a situation that happened in England, I think the song itself has a more universal meaning, maybe that's why they avoided any direct reference to the Tony Martin case.
    shinacoon October 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a bit of a bitter song. I THINK it's all about how the "good ol' days" are fading away and that a new era is taking over.
    UpTheIronson September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthas anyone heard the version on the No More Lies dance of death souvenir ep. its hilarious
    EZ Tigeron October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the current state of British law, how it favours the criminal over the victim. I think it is a specific reaction to the Tony Martin case which featured prominently in the British press. The basic jist of it is that an old farmer was jailed for shooting dead a burglar who had broken into his home.
    paulothemanioon March 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with paul
    skalra63on August 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCriminals are in charge because no politician has the guts to pass out severe laws and change the juridical system for fear of losing privilages and economical power. I think this is the main message.
    And may I add... Maiden is fuckin right!!!
    angvson August 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone think this song might be inspired by the Edith Wharton novel of the same name? I haven't read it yet, but I'm required to for a course I'm taking right now. Once I've read it, I'll comment on any similarities, but I just thought I'd throw that out there for now.
    rock_hawkon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI remember the good old days when you could leave the door wide open and not worry about someone breaking in and stealing shit. the world has definately changed.
    RichardHarriison February 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFor the record, this has nothing to do with the novel of the same name, as I was unfortunate enough to discover. What an awful book.
    As for the songs meaning, it looks pretty clear-cut. It's all about the sad state of the world really, where civilized society doesn't really do enough to protect the people that really need the protection.
    rock_hawkon May 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy mom works in the prisons making sure the inmates behave. they get big screen tvs video game consoles, they get an education a COLLEGE education for that matter. and all this is being paid for by the taxpayers. and they still bitch and complain. I love this song cus its just so honest.
    Valkyrie_Of_Odinon February 11, 2010   Link

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