|Release date||October 4th, 1994|
|First live performance|
|Total live plays|
|Recorded||One On One Studios and Devonshire Studios|
|Other appearances||Score, Awake Demos, Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95|
|Previous song||Caught in a Web|
- Mike Portnoy - Drums
- John Petrucci - Guitar, lyrics
- John Myung - Bass
- Kevin Moore - Keyboard
- James LaBrie - Vocals
Animation breathes a cloudless mind Fascination leaves the doubting blind Until the circle breaks and wisdom lies ahead the faithful live Awake the rest remain misled Some will transcend spinning years One as if time disappears Innocence faded the mirror falls behind you Trinity jaded I break down walls to find you Callow and vain fixed like a fossil, shrouding pain Passionless stage Distant like brothers Wearing apathetic displays Sharing flesh like envy in cages Condescending Not intending to end Some will transcend spinning years One as if time disappears Innocence faded the mirror falls behind you Trinity jaded I break down walls to find you Beginnings get complicated the farther we progress Opinions are calculated Immune to openness Beyond the circle's edge We're driven by her blessings Forever hesitating Caught beneath the wheel Innocence faded the mirror falls behind you Cynically jaded The child will crawl to find you.
Petrucci wrote the lyrics of "Innocence Faded", inspired by his deteriorating friendship with Moore. "... I couldn't say it was solely about that, but it was definitely inspired by that. There was a feeling of it not being the same way it had been, and the realization that things were not always going to remain the same." Petrucci said.
Innocence Faded is a somewhat upbeat ballad, with both pop and progressive elements. The poppy tone tends to contrast with the rest of the album, though it still retains some elements of darkness.
Live Performances Edit
Live performances of Innocence Faded are extremely rare, with only a handful of performances of the song on the initial tour to support Awake. The song was resurrected in 2006 during the 20th anniversary tour, however, as well as other later performances in 2009's Progressive Nation tour.