The Innocent Age

 

Released August 1981 on Epic Records. All compositions by Dan Fogelberg (©1979-81/Hickory Grove Music-ASCAP) except "Empty Cages" (Music by D. Fogelberg, N. Putnam, M. Utley and R. Kunkel; lyrics by D. Fogelberg)


Disc 1
Nexus
The Innocent Age
The Sand And The Foam
In The Passage
Lost In The Sun
Run For The Roses
Leader Of The Band
Same Old Lang Syne

 

Disc 2
Stolen Moments
The Lion's Share
Only The Heart May Know
The Reach
Aireshire Lament
Times Like These
Hard To Say
Empty Cages
Ghosts

Credits

 

Nexus

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic and electric guitars, bass, Coral electric sitar, percussion, lead and background vocals

Joni Mitchell - vocal descant

Russ Kunkel - drums

Don Alias - congas, shakers, African drums, quido, cowbells

Heart Of Darkness Chorale - chants

 

The Innocent Age

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, tambourine, lead and background vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Ritchie Furay - harmony

 

The Sand And The Foam

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitars, vocals

Gail Levant - harp

Jesse Erlich - cello

 

In The Passage

Dan Fogelberg - piano, electric guitars, Prophet V synthesizer, electric piano, mini-moog synthesizer, lead and background vocals

Kenny Passarelli - bass

Russ Kunkel - drums

Mike Finnigan - organ

 

Lost In The Sun

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic and electric guitars, lead and background vocals, cowbell

Russ Kunkel - drums

Kenny Passarelli - bass

Mike Finnigan - organ

 

Run For The Roses

Dan Fogelberg - piano, bass, lead and background vocals

Al Perkins - pedal steel guitar

Russ Kunkel - drums

Jimmie Fadden - harmonica

 

Leader Of The Band

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitars, lead and background vocals

Brass quintet arranged by Glen Spreen

 

Same Old Lang Syne

Dan Fogelberg - piano, bass, electric piano, lead and background vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Michael Brecker - soprano saxophone

 

Stolen Moments

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic and electric guitars, lap steel guitar, percussion, lead and background vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Norbert Putnam - bass

Marty Lewis - tambourine

 

The Lion's Share

Dan Fogelberg - piano, electric guitars, Prophet V synthesizer, arp string ensemble, acoustic guitars, lead and background vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums

Kenny Passarelli - bass, broken twigs

Mike Finnigan - organ

Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone

Don Henley - harmony

 

Only The Heart May Know

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitars, tack piano, vocals

Emmylou Harris - vocals

Al Perkins - pedal steel guitar

 

The Reach

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, ship's bell, lead and background vocals

Mike Brewer - harmony

Russ Kunkel - drums

Norbert Putnam - bass

Mike Utley - piano

David Duke - French horn

Jerry Hey - piccolo, trumpet

 

Aireshire Lament

Dan Fogelberg - bowed psaltery, Prophet V synthesizer, arp string ensemble

Gail Levant - Celtic harp, concert harp

Sid Sharp - violin

 

Times Like These

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic and electric guitars, piano, bass, percussion, lead and background vocals 

Russ Kunkel - drums

Motor City Marty - additional percussion

 

Hard To Say

Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitar, lead and rhythm electric guitars, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums, congas, timbales

Norbert Putnam - bass

Mike Utley - electric piano

Glenn Frey - harmony

Tom Scott - tenor saxophone

 

Empty Cages

Dan Fogelberg - lead and rhythm electric guitars, acoustic guitars, electric piano, percussion, vocals

Russ Kunkel - drums, percussion

Norbert Putnam - bass

Mike Utley - piano

Joe Lala - congas, timbales

Chris Hillman - harmony

 

Ghosts

Dan Fogelberg - piano, electric piano, hammer dulcimer, electric lead and rhythm guitars, lead vocal

Russ Kunkel - drums, backwards traps

Kenny Passarelli - bass

"Sid's Raiders" with members of the UCLA Choir directed by Marc Gottesman

Orchestral arrangements by Glen Spreen and Dan Fogelberg

Concertmaster - Sid Sharp

 

Produced by Dan Fogelberg with Marty Lewis for Full Moon Productions

Recorded at - Northstar Studios, Boulder, Colorado; Rudy Records, Hollywood; Wally Heider Studio, Hollywood; Sunset Sound, Hollywood; The Record Planet, Sausalito; Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado

 

Lyrics

 

Nexus 

 

Across the vein of night there cuts a path of searing light 

Burning like a beacon on the edges of our sight 

At the point of total darkness and the lights divine divide 

A soul can let its shadow stretch and land on either side, either side 

 

And balanced on the precipice the moment must reveal 

Naked in the face of time, our race within the wheel 

As we hang beneath the heavens, and we hover over hell 

Our hearts become the instruments we learn to play so well 

 

So wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight 

Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright 

Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light 

 

Outside the pull of gravity, beyond the spectral veil 

Within our careful reasoning, we search to no avail 

For the constant in the chaos, for the fulcrum in the void 

Following a destiny our steps cannot avoid 

 

Across the vein of night there cuts a path of searing light 

Burning like a beacon on the edges of our sight 

At the point of total darkness and the lights divine divide 

A soul can let its shadow stretch and land on either side 

 

Wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight 

Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright 

Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light 

 

In a spiral never-ending are we drawn toward the source 

Spinning at the mercy of an unrelenting force 

So we stare into the emptiness and fall beneath the weight 

Circling the Nexus in a fevered dance with fate 

 

Wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight 

Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright 

Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light 

 

 

 

The Innocent Age 

 

Capture the moment, carry the day 

Stay with the chase as long as you may 

Follow the dreamer, the fool and the sage 

Back to the days of the innocent age 

 

Storybook endings never appear 

They're just someone's way of leading us here 

Waiting for wisdom to open the cage 

We forged in the fires of the innocent age 

 

(Chorus) 

Back at the start it was easy to see 

No one to own to, nowhere to be 

Deep in the heartlands a sad memory calls to me (calls to me) 

 

Fretful horizons, worrisome skies 

Tearful misgivings burning your eyes 

Yearnings unanswered, reckon the wage

You pay to recapture the innocent age 

 

(Chorus) 

 

Fretful horizons, worrisome skies 

Tearful misgivings burning your eyes 

Yearnings unanswered, reckon the wage you 

Pay to recapture the innocent age 

 

 

 

The Sand And The Foam 

 

Dawn, like an angel, lights on the step 

Muting the morning she heralds 

Dew on the grass like the tears the night wept 

Gone long before the day wears old 

 

(Chorus) 

Time stills the singing a child holds so dear 

And I'm just beginning to hear 

Gone are the pathways the child followed home 

Gone like the sand and the foam 

 

Pressed in the pages of some aging text 

Lies an old lily a-crumbling 

Marking a moment of childish respects 

Long since betrayed and forgotten 

 

(Chorus) 

(Repeat First Verse and Chorus) 

Gone like the sand 

Gone like the sand 

Gone like the sand and the foam 

 

 

 

In The Passage 

 

There's a ring around the moon tonight and a chill in the air 

And a fire in the stars that hang so near, so near 

There's a sound in the wind that blows through the wild mountain holds 

Like the sighs of a thousand crying souls, crying souls 

There's a time when the traveler is fated to find 

That insight has turned his gaze behind, behind 

And the steps taken yesterday will beckon again 

And lead to his weary journey's end, his journey's end 

 

(Chorus) 

And in the passage from the cradle to the grave we are born, madly dancing 

Rushing headlong through the crashing of the days 

We run on and on without a backwards glance 

We run on and on without a backwards glance 

 

I cast my fate with the wife of Lot I turned my gaze around 

Knowing neither what I sought nor what was to be found 

Heeding weakness, feeding strength, oh life at length is frail 

I seek again the river's source through time's dark shadowed veil 

In the fast fading century, as we spin through the years 

I pray that our failing vision clears, our vision clears 

 

(Chorus) 

 

The places dash and the faces dart like fishes in a dream 

Hiding 'neath the murky banks of long forgotten streams 

The lines of life are never long when seen from end to end 

The future's never coming, and the past has never been 

There's a ring around the moon tonight, and a chill in the air 

And a fire in the stars that hang so near, so near 

 

 

 

Lost In The Sun 

 

Every night I ask myself that same old question why 

And every day the answer seems more distant 

I always knew the final truths lay just beneath the lies 

But I never thought they'd be this hard to find 

I never thought they'd be this hard to find 

 

Every time I try to put this puzzle in to place 

There always seems to be a piece that's missing 

And through the eyes of someone else I look in to my face 

And can't believe the sorrow there I see 

I can't believe this lonely man is me... 

 

(Chorus) 

The faster we run, the futher away the dreams that we chase become 

And lost in the sun, spinning and turning, blind in the burning light of day 

We have to turn away 

 

Every night I ask myself that same old question why 

And every day the answer seems more distant 

I always knew the final truths lay just beneath the lies 

But I never thought they'd take this long to find 

I never thought they'd be this hard to find 

(Chorus) 

 

 

 

Run For The Roses 

 

Born in the valley and raised in the trees 

Of Western Kentucky on wobbly knees 

With mama beside you to help you along 

You'll soon be a-growing up strong 

 

All the long, lazy mornings in pastures of green 

The sun on your withers, the wind in your mane 

Could never prepare you for what lies ahead 

The run for the roses so red 

 

(Chorus) 

And it's run for the roses as fast as you can 

Your fate is delivered, your moment's at hand 

It's the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance 

And it's high time you joined in the dance 

It's high time you joined in the dance 

 

From sire to sire, it's born in the blood 

The fire of a mare and the strength of a stud 

It's breeding and it's training and it's something unknown 

That drives you and carries you home 

 

(Chorus) 

 

 

 

Leader Of The Band 

 

An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son 

His hands were meant for different work 

And his heart was known to none 

He left his home and went his lone and solitary way 

And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay 

 

A quiet man of music denied a simpler fate 

He tried to be a soldier once, but his music wouldn't wait 

He earned his love through discipline-- a thundering, velvet hand 

His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand 

 

(Chorus) 

The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old 

But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul 

My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man 

I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band 

 

My brothers' lives were different for they heard another call 

One went to Chicago and the other to St Paul 

And I'm in Colorado when I'm not in some hotel 

Living out this life I've chose and have come to know so well 

 

I thank you for the music and your stories of the road 

I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go 

I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough 

And, papa, I don't think I said "I love you" near enough 

 

(Chorus) 

I am a living legacy to the leader of the band 

 

 

 

Same Old Lang Syne 

 

Met my old lover in the grocery store 

The snow was falling Christmas Eve 

I stole behind her in the frozen foods 

And I touched her on the sleeve 

 

She didn't recognize the face at first 

But then her eyes flew open wide 

She went to hug me and she spilled her purse 

And we laughed until we cried 

 

We took her groceries to the checkout stand 

The food was totalled up and bagged 

We stood there lost in our embarrassment 

As the conversation dragged 

 

We went to have ourselves a drink or two 

But couldn't find an open bar 

We bought a six-pack at the liquor store 

And we drank it in her car 

 

We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now 

And tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how 

 

She said she'd married her an architect 

Who kept her warm and safe and dry 

She would have liked to say she loved the man 

But she didn't like to lie 

 

I said the years had been a friend to her 

And that her eyes were still as blue 

But in those eyes I wasn't sure if I saw doubt or gratitude 

She said she saw me in the record stores 

And that I must be doing well 

I said the audience was heavenly but the traveling was hell 

 

We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now 

And tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how 

We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to time 

Reliving in our eloquence, another 'auld lang syne' 

 

The beer was empty and our tongues were tired 

And running out of things to say 

She gave a kiss to me as I got out and I watched her drive away 

Just for a moment I was back at school 

And felt that old familiar pain 

And as I turned to make my way back home 

The snow turned in to rain... 

 

 

 

Stolen Moments 

 

Every time we speak, our words betray intentions 

Insincere inventions that never quite reach the heart 

So we turn the other cheek and gather our defenses 

Again rebuild the fences that just been keeping us apart 

 

Waiting out the worst, we keep the best inside us 

In hopes our hearts can hide us, in hopes our tears don't show 

And you know we're not the first to try and breach the distance 

And though we meet resistance the love between us grows 

 

(Chorus) 

And in the time it takes us to look beyond the lies 

We could be sailing through each other's eyes 

And in those stolen moments when love is caught off guard 

We see it never had to be this hard 

(Repeat First Verse And Chorus) 

 

 

 

The Lion's Share 

 

Grand slam, your moment's at hand, the day holds a costly bargain 

Lost lamb asking the lion's share 

Homespun, a prodigal son, comes begging a humble pardon 

But no one rises to hear his prayer 

Lone star, you've wandered so far and long in the unfamiliar 

That now you travel a map unknown 

Starbright, a constant delight to those in the dark 

And still your birthright's to shine in the night alone 

 

(Chorus) 

Living in the shadows of the things that might have been 

Torn between the blessing and the curse 

You may stop the hunger but you'll never slake the thirst 

For the nectar you remember but you'll never taste again 

Nonesuch, your Midas' touch, has gilded your heart and left you 

So much playing the prince of clowns 

Hell-bent, empty and spent, just look what your gamble's got you 

Exile far from the sacred grounds 

 

(Chorus) 

Grand slam, your moment's at hand, the day holds a costly bargain 

Lost lamb, asking the lion's share 

 

 

 

Only The Heart May Know 

 

Silent sea, tell this to me 

Where are the children that we used to be 

 

(Silent sea): At picture shows where nobody goes and only the heart can see 

 

Starry skies, soft lullabies 

Where do they go when their melody dies 

 

(Starry skies): To a day, far, far away, that only the heart may know 

 

(Chorus) 

Friends we knew follow us through all of the days of our lives 

Love we shared waits for us there where our wishes forever reside 

 

Falling tears, memories' mirrors 

Where are the summers, oh, where are the years 

 

(Falling tears): Carried far to a wandering star that only the heart may know 

 

(Chorus) 

 

Starry skies, soft lullabies 

Where do they go when their melody dies 

To a day, far, far away, that only the heart may know 

That only the heart may know 

 

 

 

The Reach 

 

It's Maine, and it's Autumn, the birches have just begun turning 

It's life and it's dying 

The lobstermen's boats come returning with the catch of the day in their holds 

And the young boy is cold and complaining 

The fog meets the beaches and out on the Reach it is raining

 

It's father and son, it's the way it's been done since the old days 

It's hauling by hand ten miles out from the land where their chow waits 

And the days are all lonely and long and the seas grow so stormy and strong but... 

The Reach will sing welcome as homeward they hurry along 

 

(Chorus) 

And the morning will blow away as the waves crash and fall 

And the Reach like a siren sings as she beckons and calls 

As the coastline recedes from view and the seas swell and roll 

I will take from the Reach all that she has to teach to the depths of my soul 

 

The wind brings a chill, there's a frost on the sill in the morning 

It creeps through the door 

On the edge of the shore ice is forming 

Soon the northers will bluster and blow 

And the woods will be whitened with snowfall 

And the Reach will lie frozen for the lost and unchosen to row 

 

(Chorus) 

 

 

 

Aireshire Lament 

(Instrumental) 

 

 

 

Times Like These 

 

Tell me a secret or tell me a lie 

Tell me the truth if you have to 

Say what you see fit but don't ask me why 

Love never seems to last you 

 

(Chorus) 

In times like these 

It's hard to keep a man off his knees 

In time like these 

It's hard to keep a man off his knees 

 

Over a barrel, under the spell 

Money's the demon that drives you 

Limping through heaven or running through hell 

Happiness smiles but denies you 

 

(Chorus) 

 

Nothing before you, nothing behind 

Thoughtlessly chasing the thunder 

Traveling lightly, traveling blind 

Never detouring to wonder why 

 

(Repeat First Verse and Chorus) 

Nothing before you, nothing behind 

Thoughtlessly chasing the thunder 

Traveling lightly, traveling blind 

Never detouring to wonder why 

 

 

 

Hard To Say 

 

Lucky at love, well maybe so 

There's still a lot of things you'll never know 

Like why each time the sky begins to snow you cry 

 

You're faithful to her in your careless way 

And so you miss her when she's far away 

But every time you think you've got it straight you fall 

 

You face the future with a weary past 

Those dreams you banked upon are fading fast 

You know you love her but it may not last you fear

 

It's never easy and it's never clear 

Who's to navigate and who's to steer 

And so you flounder drifting ever near the rocks 

 

(Chorus) 

It's hard to say where love went wrong 

It's hard to say just when (It's so hard to say) 

It's hard to walk away from love 

It may never come again 

 

You do your best to keep your hand in play 

And try to keep those lonesome blues at bay 

You think you're winning but 

It's hard to say sometimes 

 

(Chorus) 

 

Lucky at love, well maybe so 

There's still a lot of things you'll never know 

Like why each time the sky begins to snow you cry 

You cry...oh you still have to cry 

 

 

 

Empty Cages 

 

Waiting in the wings your courage sings before you falter 

It's just another way to say what's there but never shows 

It's just another day to lay your sins before the altar 

And where it's going to end this time around nobody knows 

 

Every time it seems that you have gained an understanding 

Those devils at your heels reach up and try to tip the scales 

Waking from a dream it seems it's all been done without you 

And every vain attempt to make you stay is destined to fail 

 

(Chorus) 

Fury rages through your restless days 

Shades of time that's gone before 

Empty cages where the prisoner plays 

'Til the door swings closed behind forevermore 

Evermore... Evermore... 

 

Long before we come of age we yearn to leave the garden 

And wrestle with a myth the hand of fate has faintly drawn 

But somewhere on the way we feel our hearts begin to harden 

And see just as we learn to turn around 

The garden is gone 

 

(Chorus) 

 

 

 

Ghosts 

 

Sometimes in the night I feel it 

Near as my next breath and yet untouchable 

Silently the past comes stealing like the taste of some forbidden sweet 

 

Along the walls in shadowed rafters 

Moving like a thought through haunted atmospheres 

Muted cries and echoed laughter 

 

Banished dreams that never sank in sleep 

Lost in love and found in reason 

Questions that the mind can find no answers for 

 

Ghostly eyes conspire treason as they gather just outside the door 

And every ghost that calls upon us brings another measure in the mystery 

Death is there to keep us honest and constantly remind us we are free 

 

Down the ancient corridors, through the gates of time 

Run the ghosts of days that we've left behind 

Down the ancient corridors, through the gates of time 

Run the ghosts of dreams that we left behind 

 

Sometimes in the night I feel it 

Near as my next breath and yet untouchable 

Silently the past comes stealing like the taste of some forbidden sweet 

 

And every ghost that calls upon us brings another measure in the mystery 

Death is there to keep us honest and constantly remind us we are free 

Down the ancient corridors and through the gates of time 

 

Run the ghosts of days that we've left behind 

Down the ancient corridors and through the gates of time 

Run the ghosts of dreams that we left behind 

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