Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn't have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standing by
When "happily ever after" fails
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers dwell on small details
Since daddy had to fly

Oh, but I know a place where we can go
Still untouched by man
We'll sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass waves in the wind
You can lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

O' beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And they've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Since daddy had to lie

Oh, but I know a place where we can go
And wash away this sin
We'll sit and watch the clouds roll by
The tall grass waves in the wind
Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair spill all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

Who knows how long this will last
Now we've come so far, so fast
But somewhere back there in the dust
That same small town in each of us
I need to remember this
So baby, give me just one kiss
And let me take a long last look
Before we say good bye

Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

The End Of The Innocence Lyrics as written by Don Henley Bruce Hornsby

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    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of The Wonder Years. He's looking back on childhood as an adult and lamenting on how much things have changed in life. He believes that if he could be with that special someone that makes him feel complete, that everything will be all right, regardless of how crappy the outside world is. I think it's stupid that he antagonized Reagan, but that's what the "tired old man" part was about. I love Don Henley's music, but hate his politics. I love this song too, but I choose to reappropriate the parts he originally intended for Reagan to King Obama. Obama's the real one who's screwing up the country now with his Communist policies, along with his Marxist shills like Rahm Emanuel and all of his "Czars." I feel like the America I'm living in now is the same Communist Russia that Ronald Reagan helped to abolish.... and I do feel like that if I can be with the girl I love, that things will be all right, despite how stressful and awful the world is today.
    speed114on September 01, 2009   Link

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