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Radio XXXVIII, side A, track 1: “The End Of The Innocence” by Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby

Don Henley End of Innocence HIGH RESOLUTION COVER ARTOh, Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby, why you guys gotta be so damn morose?  This is not a great way to start off my 38th tape.  Don’t get me wrong, Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby, this song is fantastic, and I love it more now than I did when I first taped it off the radio, mostly because now I know more about what you’re singing about.  Back then, I thought it was about making out with a girl in a field.  Now I know it’s a lamentation about the loss of “the good old days”.  And I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in that field.  Because that whole “offer up your best defense”, followed by “this is the end of your innocence” (it’s written down “the” innocence, but it sure sounds like “your” to me), well, it sounds kinda ominous.  But I’m going to let it pass, Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby, because I just don’t have it in me to write more posts about how a beloved song from my youth may or may not be about rape.

I will say that as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to put into perspective this whole “good old days” stuff.  Of course stuff seemed better when you were a kid.  You didn’t have to pay a mortgage.  You barely paid attention to the news, and if you did, you had no idea the context of it anyway.  You didn’t have to get a job.  Of course, I’m saying all that from the lens of my own youth; I know some kids aren’t so lucky.  But by and large, while I actually do remember the Iran Contra hearings and Ollie North and all that rigamarole, of which you guys are singing about, it didn’t really affect me.  Missing “the good old days” is just our way of trying to believe that there really was a time when there wasn’t sadness and tragedy and crappy politicians and wondering if songs that you love are about rape.

All righty then, Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby.  I hope the rest of the songs on this tape aren’t going to be like this, or it’s going to be a long Radio XXXVIII.

“The End Of The Innocence”

<awesome Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby jam>

Remember wheeen the daaays were looong and rooolled beneeeath a deep blue sky

Didn’t have a care in the world
With Mommy and Daddy standin’ by

“Happily eeever after” fails and we’ve been
Poisoned byyy theeese fairy tales

Lawyers dwell on smaall details
Since Daddy haaad to fly

Ah, but I know a place where we can go

Still untouched by men

Sit and watch the clouds roll by
The tall grass waves in the wind

Ya can lay your head back on the ground
Letchyour hair fall aaall around me
Offer up your best defense
This is the end

This is the eeeeend of your innocence

Oh beautifuuuuuul for spacious skies

Now those skies are threatening

They’re beating plowshaaares inta swords for this tired old man that we elected king

Armchair warriors often fail and we’ve been
Poisoned byyy these fairy tales

Lawyers clean up all details
Since Daddy had ta lie

Oh, I know a place where we can go

Wash away this sin

Sit and watch the clouds roll by
Tall grass waves in the wind

Just lay your head back on the ground
And letchyour hair spill all around me
Offer up your best defense
This is the end
This is the eeeeeend of ya innocence

<awesome Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby jam>

Who knooows how looong this will last

Now we’ve come so faaar so fast

Somewhere back theeeere in the dust
That same small town in each of us

I need to remember this

So, baby, give meee just one kiss

Let me take a long last look
Before we say good-bye

Just lay your head back on the ground
Letchyour hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
This is the end

This is the eeeeend of your innocence

Oh no no

<awesome Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby jam>

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