Don Henley The End of the Innocence cover

The End of the Innocence
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Verse 1
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
Verse 2
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
Verse 3
But I know a place where we can go
That's still untouched by man
We'll sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass wave in the wind
Verse 4
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
Verse 5
This is the end of the innocence
O' beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
Verse 6
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Verse 7
Since daddy had to lie
But I know a place where we can go
And was away this sin
We'll sit and watch the clouds roll by
Verse 8
And the tall grass wave in the wind
Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair spill all around me
Offer up your best defense
Verse 9
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
Verse 10
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
Verse 11
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
Verse 12
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

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