Age of Innocence cover
Age of Innocence cover

Age of Innocence Lyrics Meanings
by Iron Maiden

Rock
2003
380

Age of Innocence Lyrics

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

[Chorus]
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 [Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

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My favourite moment in Dance of Death album, while its most "pop" one, a song that you wouldn't guess it was written by 50 year old dudes, as it reeks of melancholic hope of better decisions to be made, as it blinks its eye towards the past placing its smiley goodbyes upon its tomb...

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