Hornsby, Bruce - The End Of The Innocence Lyrics

Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn't have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standin' by
But "happily ever after" fails
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyer dwell on small details
Since daddy had to fly

But I know a place where we can go
That's still untouched by men
We could sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass wave in the wind
You can lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

O'beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They're beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers dwell on small details
Since daddy had to lie.

But I know a place where we can go
And was a away this sin
We'll sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass wave in the wind
Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair spill all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

Who knows how long this will last
Now we've come so far, so fast
But, somewhere back there in the dust
That same small town in each of us
I need to remember this
So baby give me just one kiss
Come and take a long last look
Before we say goodbye

Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

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Hornsby, Bruce The End Of The Innocence Comments
  1. Jamie Bimbroffe

    Beautiful gets me every time I hear it , musical genius love and respect to you Bruce

  2. paulrburton

    Only just found this version of this tearjerker - just wonderful - 8 minutes of romantic, soulful heaven - thank you Bruce

  3. Jonas Suico

    So very peaceful.,Spiritual healing
    Thank you for all the songs you've written and composed for me. I feel so very special and loved.Thank you very much with greatfull feeling forever

  4. Mark J

    Frkn genius.... Bruce should be putting out new music today....

  5. Antony May

    What an amazing version of a song I really loved and heard first with Don Henley, Bruce does something amazingly fresh with this beautiful version.

  6. Tim Johnson


  7. Kaylib Rand

    no comment , other than this comment , beautiful song , thank you ....

  8. Luther

    My cheeks are wet because it is raining. Inside my home.

  9. Rodolfo Agustin Valenti

    no puedo descargarla porfavor podras pasarmela a [email protected] gracias

  10. Leeroy H


  11. David Tan

    Nostalgically beautiful.

  12. isue892002

    Best song. Reminds me of my ole days.

  13. Russell Hung

    I love how Bruce H does what I think of as the “Sinatra” thing - plays around a bit with the timing of the melody. Even with the accompaniment sometimes, as I heard in a great version of his once. I love both artists and their interpretations, each for different reasons. Henley of course as the lyricist conveys the words beautifully, and Hornsby’s instrumental work is sublime.
    Similarly, I love hearing JD Souther singing his songs, rough and ready as they are in his older years.

  14. David Donovan

    Brilliant song

  15. Mark Byfield

    Henley extracts the subtleties of the melody better I think.

  16. equesfuscus

    Bruce may not know how to help us retrieve our innocence, but he helps us know we have lost it, and that we should realize where we are.

  17. Gianvito Caroli

    I love that!!! ❤️

  18. ross mrmojorisin

    Astounding prezzie for the American phychy.

  19. Richard Lim

    We should be allowed to "like" this upload every time that we listen to it - then you'd have over 1 million by now. :)

  20. Erick Huayra

    Great piano solo and great music, timeless!!

  21. Massimo Bazzani


  22. Mark Cliffe

    Messaged you a year or two ago asking if there was another place to find this video since, for whatever reason, it's been banned in the US. Nothing you could do about it, unfortunately. But I'm happy to report that I'm finally in another country where I can get it and this makes me happy. Thanks for ever uploading this in the first place, and for keeping it up.

  23. Johnny Roadcrew

    What a great vibe .. .. ..must be lots of fun to play live .. .. .. long live the Hornsby .. .. ..let you hair fall all around me .. .. ..

  24. Cameron H

    Would love to see someone cover this version on piano

  25. Pablo Sura Maidana

    Thanks Jim.I admire Bruce,blessings!

  26. Erick Huayra

    Tremenda versión, lo mejor!!!!!

  27. Luke Skywalker

    One of the best musicians ever

  28. Olivera Mitrovic

    Very nice..remembering good old times...heart warming : )

  29. Uvi Braddon

    Just love the sound of the piano

  30. John Paul Dillon


  31. Hugo Moyano

    Hello! What version is this? Is it included in a live album? Regards!!!

  32. Dan Pearce

    Love the melodic piano into shear beauty

  33. P Mc

    Shite audio. However a mint tune.

  34. Dan Pearce

    Absolutely amazing Bruce is so talented unlike the “musicians” of today

  35. simon clarke-williams

    words are not enough to describe this tune.

  36. Viktor Goldenius

    I can't handle the amount of emotions put into the piano... simply amazing!

  37. Robert Alexander

    Thanks for sharing this. I am a long term fan who plays his music every day for the last 35 years. I hadn't heard this version and it is absolutely superb. Need to find on MP3 if I can. Bruce is a musical genius.

    Stephen Livesey

    Join the club Robert , how come he is so under appreciated , the man put his music in my head 35 years ago and I'm still loving it ,and so is 1 of my kids , the other never got it !

  38. Mike Luedey

    The very first time I heard "the end of the innocence" shortly after it was released...I knew instantly that Bruce was playing the piano.

  39. Geovana Ramalho

    Good miusc TKS 🏁🏁 🏁㊗

  40. Mutualist

    Hornsby never fails to deliver a 'frisson' with this tune.


    Vraiment magnifique!!! J'adore.Merci pour partager.

  42. colin nixon


  43. Grant Wyllie

    Absolutely tremendous version ....listen and love X

  44. simon clarke-williams

    one word- fabulous

  45. Ahmed Burhani

    very intence & emotional voice.....

  46. shaunone

    Don't even think about it. Nowhere close to Henley's original.

  47. Lukas Eberle

    This intro...so incredible gorgeous. Love it

  48. Barry Hamilton

    Well,what can i say!!?? Other than thank you so much for the music,it means so much to me,and to others,probably more than you'll ever know!!,I just heard this version a couple of years ago! Don Henley sings it Brilliantly,but Bruce you took it to another planet!!!! Love and respect from a 40 yr old from Glasgow,Scotland.

  49. philipscotland

    Great days in central park,this bh track haunted me, in a good way

  50. Stephen Livesey

    Been with my lady 34 years now , Bruce has been there nearly the same , I've got many faults but I obviously have good taste too , this is pure class .

  51. Stephen Livesey

    The reason I never took up the piano !

  52. persluchtboy

    this intro is so f....k marvellous, always a big van of Bruce.

  53. Mark Banfield

    Yep Bruce played piano for Don on this track... Both are outstanding...

  54. Dave Barber

    Lets just listen and enjoy

  55. Andy,s Musikkanal

    i m 48 years 0ld ,i love this voice


    Why did you feel the need to announce your age? You could have just said "I love his voice" without adding the qualifier of your age.

  56. Andy,s Musikkanal

    i love you Bruce

  57. 51tomtomtom

    Sesame Age: nice said ! Poetry in a dozen words ....



  59. Anna Congiu

    The intro piano is the most emotional and that I've ever heard so far ... crosses the heart and is like falling in love for the first time. I love it


    Anna Congiu Je suis d'accord.

    Ahmed Burhani

    You said the words right out my mouth, pure class!!

    Marcus gibraltar

    Very true and beautifully said.


    Unique voice and a unique talent to match.

  61. Heseblesens

    Beautiful is so fitting for this version.  Thanks a lot for sharing!

  62. david andrew mitchell


  63. stickman5454

    The End of the Innocence" is the lead single and title track from Don Henley's third solo studio album of the same name, released in 1989. Henley co-wrote and co-produced the song with Bruce Hornsby, who also performed piano; both artists perform the song live in their respective concerts..end of story...

    Pauline Fuller

    stickman5454 didn’t know that

    Paul R

    and both versions are excellent

    Adelaide Dupont

    And here we are stickman5454 listening to it thirty years on!

  64. Craig Mcdonald

    amazing only word for it

  65. Mr_Fdawg

    A good friend of 2pac

  66. Claudia Weiss

    Eines meiner Lieblinglieder und wird es wohl auch für immer bleiben... Danke an dieser Stelle für den Post!

  67. Keith Prangnell

    Some of the chord progressions just blow me away, god I wish I had his talent. Legend- period.

  68. J W

    Oh come on, what more can I say about this guy....I'm at a serious loss of words to describe how great a musician he is. I was sold in the 80's with him...now this rendition of a song he helped make nearly tops the original

  69. Jason Rose

    Don Henley's version is great, but this version has always been my favorite version. This version was filmed in front of a small audience at the Sony Studios in California. I had the concert on VHS and it's on the Harbor Lights CD single as a bonus track.

    You can argue all you like about who's version is the best, just keep in mind that Bruce and John Hornsby wrote this beautiful song, and not Don Henley or the fucking Eagles.

    Jim Abbott

    Actually, Henley and Bruce Hornsby co-wrote it.

    Jason Rose

    No you're wrong. I'm a professional pianist and I have Bruce Hornsby Sheet Music Anthology Collection!
    Bruce Hornsby writes all of his music with his brother John. Bruce writes the music and John writes the lyrics!!!

    Jason Rose

    I do apologize, I just had a look at the sheet music and yes you're right it was written both by Bruce H and Don H.
    Don't get me wrong, Don Henley and the rest of the Eagles members are legends. Being a pianist myself, I am a huge fan of Bruce Hornsby, and I just happen to like this extended version better.

    Jim Abbott

    No worries, and so do I.

  70. Felipe de Jesus Monge Andrades

    quien la escribió Bruce o Don He ley?

  71. Stephen Broderick

    L O V E I T

  72. Greg Kent

    I'm a 42 year old male,a interstate truck driver by trade,an this tune makes me tear up for some reason,then again beautiful music will do that I guess..thanks for sharing......memories 👍👍

    Stephen Livesey

    Greg Kent I'm a 54 year old joiner , quality is quality don't matter how old we are or what we do ,when you fail to appreciate good stuff like this then its time to worry .

  73. Achim Meier


  74. Jim Abbott

    he cowrote it

  75. TiamatXV Xianash

    Wow.   Another golden find on Utube.  I had no idea Bruce Hornby even did this.   1st class version for sure.

  76. Catherine S. Todd

    Oh, my. So much gorgeousness makes me chills all over. Heaven in bits and pieces all rolled into one. Gracias, mi amigo!

    Jim Abbott

    Its my pleasure.

    Jim Abbott

    Are you on face book ? im at jimbob12404 at yahoo dot com

  77. thedirtnap1

    When singer song writers still existed. Lost legends👍🏻

    Arthur Watts

    Springsteen, Etheridge, Lorde - er, OK : I'd better stop at Lorde ;)

  78. John Feliu

    Once in a while....wind blows shit flows.................Life;s good.....bruce and range......banged the door..........thanks..till the day I'm planted..true story

  79. John Feliu

    We love The Range too

  80. John Feliu

    He's a good son.................ww love him

  81. John Feliu

    Show us the way....................BIG Bruce

    John Feliu

    We ain't Kids

  82. The things We know

    One day when I learn to fly I'm taking off with this song.

  83. Chris Elrod

    love Bruce and Don...both tracks are great. Seems more powerful with the collaboration though.

  84. Madhu Soodan M

    one of my greatest artists, thanks god for having you in this generation, ts so good to hear your music.

  85. 58FlatTop

    Shut the fuck up about who's BETTER... this isn't grade school !!!
    The song is GREAT, Bruce is GREAT, Don is GREAT and
    Glenn Frey was FUCKING GREAT !!!!!


    I can see why you resent Grade School. Your vocabulary is so replete with obscenities it's clear you learnt no other civilised adjectives at all


    +Baskerville22 That's easy: Fuck inappropriate morality & intellectualism also - problem solved. Have a nice day! :)

    Jan Ovland

    Thanks !

    Craig Mcdonald

    58FlatTop Glen had nothing to do with this song wa u on about it was Bruce and don

    Dave Barber

    Pitty people ca'nt just enjoy the music well sad.

  86. Nnenna Ugbaga

    ...just cos am a Fan,i prefer Bruce's version and of course the long range piano sound display from 2:00 - 2:44....he always has that style...awesome song....

  87. Kali Mak-Lint

    i miss her..i miss her..i love U. r.i.p

  88. Graham Shaw

    Just wonderful, even alongside Henley!

  89. Jeanne Hahne

    One of the great musicians of the last 3 decades... This recording is awesome!!!

    Barry Hamilton

    Just found it a few weeks ago,September 2016! absolutley brilliant,just cant get enough of it!!!! Il always listen to this version,Bruce you done it a different kind of justice!!!! ✌❤and respect from, Clydebank,Scotland.


    Barry Hamilton g

  90. MUS110CL

    Does anyone know who the sax player is?


    Bobby Read...he played with Bruce for like 20 years...Read is a great jazz musician and has a few albums out that are really worth checking out.

  91. MeBeTheDB

    Thank you ... it always hits home, brother ...


  92. TomasH 149

    alguien sabe como puedo comprar por app store este tema? por que esta es long version en vivo.....y es la que quiero adquirir

    Michael Doyle

    Don Henley takes this song into the heavens.

    TomasH 149

    but i want to buy for app store and i don't have idea

    TomasH 149

    only need this video no other

    Catherine S. Todd

    Use: http://convert2mp3.net/

  93. paradox ward

    It is only wonderful works of art like this that keep me from hating life, which I find, generally speaking, vulgar.  Thanks for posting.

  94. marcelo benitez


    Andreas Kleinke

    Have you ever considered the possibility that it was *intentional" that the bassline stayed on F during the first couple of bars in the first verse? :-)

  95. Dawn McGroarty

    And this people is how you remake songs. If they can not be as good or better then do not do it(PERIOD) One of my favorite Don Henley songs GREAT JOB BRUCE!!!!


    This is not a remake. Bruce co-wrote this song with Don Henley. It's merely his interpretation of a song that HE had a hand in......
    He does this one in concert. Heard him do it a few times.


    it's: Bruce Hornsby music
    it's: Don Henley lyrics

  96. Gerald Willams

    I will forever be a fan of Bruce Hornsby

    Stephen Livesey

    Gerald Willams and me matey .

  97. Paul Harper

    Wow I am a massive Eagles and Don Henley fan but this version so so good


    Bruce did the original of this track, way back in the 80's. He's quite simply a Legend.

    max slamer

    Bruce Hornsby wrote the music years before Don Henley wrote the lyrics to the song. The original version is the title song on Henley'1989 album, with Hornsby playing piano and keyboards on that track.

  98. Darren Madeo

    Good job Jim!

  99. Jim Abbott

    I have no idea where this came from , but I downloaded it back in the Kazaa days as a single track. Its impeccable.

    Anita Berget

    thank you for sharing ....

  100. adrian marzio