I came across Billy Joel’s - Innocent Man for the first time the other day, and loved the song. I’m trying to understand the lyrics of the song.
So far I’ve understood that he’s singing to a girl who has lost faith and trust due to a past relationship, and he says he’s been in a similar relationship but survived it and now would do whatever it takes to build their relationship from scratch. Innocent Man seems to refer to the fact that he didn’t cause her all this pain that she has inside.
There are some parts that I haven’t entirely understood. Specifically:
“Some people see through the eyes of the old
Before they ever get a look at the young”
What does he mean by this ?
“And although this is a fight I can lose
The accused is an innocent man
I am an innocent man”
Which fight ? The fight to win her ? Why can he afford to lose this fight ?
“Some people just accept the world as it is
But I’m not willing to lay down and die
Because I am an innocent man”
What relevance does being an innocent man have on his not accepting the world as it is ?
Could someone please explain this song to me ? Any background or inspiration that led to the writing of this song would get bonus points.
Thanks so much. I’ve been listening to this song over and over recently. Lovely song.