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Innocence Maintained

Innocence Maintained 
    by Jewel Kilcher
 
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This is from the Bearsville, New York on July 16, 1996.
    Transcribed by Anne Corrigan


Ophelia drowned in the water
Crushed by her own weight
And Hitler loved little blue-eyed boys
and it drove him to hate.
Birds always grow silent before the night descends
Cause nature has a funny way of breaking what does not bend

A hero's torso built of steel and novicane
His heart a bitter beat inside a bloodless frame
There was a hole inside his soul
a manicure could not fill
So he found himself a whore to love
while daisies choked on the windowsill

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we make a place where
People's souls may be seen and made safe
Be careful with each other these fragile flames
Innocence can't be lost it just needs to be maintained

A small town in Ohio, 2 boys are filled with violence
As night in the darkness spreads it's legs for hate and ignorance.
We are given to a god to put his faith therein
But to be forgiven we must first believe in sin.

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we make a place where
People's souls may be seen and made safe
Be careful with each other these fragile flames
Innocence can't be lost it just needs to be maintained

Strange current pulling, a sleepless ebb and flow.
Me, I drift sideways, and you, I don't know.
I want to live bravely and love without fear.
I want to always feel the wings of great near.
We all will be Christed when we hear ourselves say
we are that to which we pray.

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we make a place where
People's souls may be seen and made safe
Be careful with each other these fragile flames
Innocence can't be lost it just needs to be maintained.


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This is from the Java Joe's 6/9/96 where she was forgetting several 
parts.  With a newer tape, I could get it down very easily.  <Nudge nudge>
    Transcribed by Tom Proven (provent@pls.lib.ca.us)


Ophelia drowned in the water
Crushed by her own weight
And Hitler loved the blue eyed boys
and it drove him to hate
Birds always grow silent before the night descends
Cause nature has a funny way of breaking what does not bend

I saw a man with a hole he could not fill
He couldn't make the world work for him 
and didn't work and still (????)
There was a hole inside his soul 
that whiskey could not still
So he found himself a girl to love
while babies choked in the windowsill

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we make a place where
People's souls may be seen and made safe
We must be careful with each other these fragile flames
Innocence can't be lost it just needs to be maintained

In school the boy is taught about numbers but not himself
and emotions become confusing ???????????????????????
So he's given to a god to put his faith therein
But to be forgiven we must first believe in sin

A woman who's a waitress and just barely gotten by
Is now being fired as the age of 55
Our pride is ???????????????????????? 
While politicians feed on the same thoughtlessness they show it

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we make a place where
People's souls may be seen and made safe
We must be careful with each other these fragile flames
Innocence can't be lost it just needs to be maintained

I want to love bravely, to live without fear
??????????????? my convictions make miracles appear
we all will be Christed when we hear ourselves say
we are that to which we pray.

We've made houses for hatred
It's time we make a place where
People's souls may be seen and made safe
We must be careful with each other these fragile flames
Innocence can't be lost it just needs to be maintained

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