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Innocence Faded
Awake
Length 05:43
Working title Fresca
Release date October 4th, 1994
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
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
Next song Erotomania


Innocence Faded is a song by Dream Theater. It is the 3rd song off their 3rd album, Awake. The song is notable for being one of the rarest performed Dream Theater songs.

Personnel Edit

Lyrics Edit

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.

Analysis Edit

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.

Tone Edit

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.

Appearances Edit

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