Linda Blair Was Born Innocent


We Shall All Be Healed




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Linda Blair Was Born Innocent is the third song on the album We Shall All Be Healed.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Gentle hum of the old machines
Here we come scrubbed and scoured
Patches on our jeans
When the drone sounds
In the cool night wind
We pick up the call
Kick all the traces in
Hungry for love
Ready to drown
So tie down the sails
We're going downtown

Great big drain on the power grid
You may not like Tate's methods
But you've got to admit
She's a real nice kid
We walk light
Down the wires
Higher than weather balloons
Empty hearts on fire
Hungry for love
Ready to drown
So tie down the sails tonight 
We're going downtown

Comments by John Darnielle About this Song[edit | edit source]

  • "I set the whole next album in Pomona, California, but just between you and me, most of the people, or a fair number of them, are actually people I knew in Portland, up around Thirteenth and Taylor. And that in fact is where this song takes place, but that's a secret. It is, uh, about our mutual friends, the tweak fiends, and it's called 'Linda Blair Was Born Innocent.'" -- 2003-10-03 - Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
  • "This is a song about all my friends who died because they took too much speed and heroin. It's called 'Linda Blair Was Born Innocent.'" -- 2004-10-18 - The EARL - Atlanta, GA
  • "This is on the newest album. It's about all your friends who borrow money from you and they say they're gonna use it to fix the car but what they're actually going to do is use it to buy speed. God bless them. Love them while you have them. They'll all be dead by the time they're 24. It's called 'Linda Blair Was Born Innocent.'" -- 2004-10-19 - Village Tavern - Mt. Pleasant, SC

Things Referenced in this Song[edit | edit source]

  • Linda Blair is an American actress, best known for playing Regan in The Exorcist. She starred in a made-for-TV movie titled Born Innocent.

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