An innocent man    (video)    (midi)


    C - G - C - G (2x)



1.    Some people stay far away from the door


    if there's a chance of it opening up,

F                                         G

    they hear a voice in the hall outside

            G7                                C

    and hope that it just passes by.


    Some people live with the fear of a touch,


    and the anger of having been a fool,

F                                    G                G7                          C

    they will not listen to anyone, so nobody tells them a lie.


    Bb                                    C

+       I know you're only protecting yourself,

Bb                                        F

    I know you're thinking of somebody else.

G    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    someone who hurt you.



2. But I'm not above making up for the love


    you've been denying you could ever feel,

F                                  G                     G7                        C

    I'm not above doing anything to restore your faith if I can.


    Some people see through the eyes of the old


    before they ever get a look at the young,

F                                G                             G7                           C

    I'm only willing to hear you cry because I am an innocent man.


+  C - F - C - F - C (2x)


        F                          Bb   - F                 C

+  I a...m an innocent man,       oh yes, I am !      + C - G - C - G (2x)



3.       Some people say they will never believe


    another promise they hear in the dark,

F                                      G

    because they only remember too well

                       G7                               C

    they heard somebody tell them before.


    Some people sleep all alone every night


    instead of taking a lover to bed,

F                                            G           G7                               C

    some people find that it's easier to hate than to wait anymore.


    Bb                                          C

+       I know you don't want to hear what I say,

Bb                                          F

    I know you're gonna keep turning away,

G    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    but I've been there and if ….



4. I can survive, I can keep you alive


    I'm not above going through it again,

F                                     G

    I'm not above being cool for a while,

                     G7                           C

    if you're cruel to me, I'll understand.


    Some people run from a possible fight,


    some people figure they can never win,

F                                     G

    and although this is a fight I can lose,

              G7                                C

    the accused is an innocent man.


+  C - F - C - F - C (2x)


        F                          Bb   - F

+  I a...m an innocent man,

                    C   - F - C - F                        C    - F - C - F - C

    oh yes, I am                   an innocent man.


    Bb                                              C

+      You know you only hurt yourself out of spite,

Bb                                           F                   - G

    I guess you'd rather be a martyr tonight.       - - -

     - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    That's your decision.



5. But I'm not below anybody I know,


    if there's a chance of resurrecting a love,

F                                    G

    I'm not above going back to the start,

                G7                                        C

     to find out where the heartache began.


    Some people hope for a miracle cure


    some people just accept the world as it is,

F                                   G

    but I'm not willing to lay down and die

                  G7                          C

    because I am an innocent man.


+  C - F - C - F - C (2x)


        F                          Bb   - F

+  I a...m an innocent man,

                    C  - F - C       F              C  - F - C      F        G

    oh yes, I am            an innocent man,          oh ho ho ho. 


+  C - G - C - G (2x)  + C


(orig. = no capo; midi = capo 1st)    (Billy Joel)