When We Were Young
Lyrics Kevin Max

Written by: Kevin Max Smith, Sam Timminez, Matt Bronleewe

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No prejudice, no tone or color
No borderlines, just sisters and brothers
Through our eyes it's all the same
So innocent, so unashamed

Ooooh ooooh
When we were young
Ooooh ooooh
When we were

Without fear, without a doubt
Belief so pure, not turned around
Literally free of sarcasm, wide open in trust
We were just

Ooooh ooooh
When we were young
Ooooh ooooh
When we were

Young and unafraid
Of the same blood
Created to love
Pure and unashamed
Hand over heart
Let's all go back to the start

Ooooh ooooh
When we were young
Ooooh ooooh
Wish we were

See this land, we've propagated
It's cracked and torn, it's segregated
Into those we love and hate
We built these walls to separate

Ooooh ooooh
When we were young
Ooooh ooooh
When we were

Young and unafraid
Of the same blood
Created to love
Pure and unashamed
Hand over heart
Let's all go back to the start

Ooooh ooooh
When we were young
Ooooh ooooh
Wish we were young

Ooooh ooooh...

Wish we were
Young and unafraid
Of the same blood
Created to love
Pure and unashamed
Hand over heart
Let's all go back to the start

Ooooh ooooh
When we were young
Ooooh ooooh
Wish we were young

Song facts

"The subject matter of this song was far more important than the melody or track, in my opinion. I wanted to write about the fact that in this day and age, we are losing our innocence across the globe. I remember growing up and never worrying about terrorism or witnessing the grotesque nature of ISIS. As I was born in 1967, it wasn't until I studied history that I realized how much atrocity lived in the world. Slavery, war, bigotry, greed, maliceā€¦ we as a human race have proved how evil we can become. It is through the grace of God that we can overcome this, and the song 'When We Were Young' proves that children are our better selves. Going back to the start and realizing that we were once pure of heart was a concept that I wanted to convey. It's a bit like an early John Lennon song about hands across the world, but it's also a spiritual application and extremely relevant. It also subconsciously deals with the fact that we have become desensitized through modernization. The Internet and television have dropped the veil from guarded innocence, and now we broadcast our hatred and judgment across the computer screen to the world. We may think we have learned from our past from our issues with segregation and judgment, but it is apparent we haven't done much about it. The style of the song came from the capable hands of Matt Bronleewe, a great programmer and musician. I wanted this song to again have a dance quality to contrast against the heavy lyric. Its sister song on the album 'Lay Down Your Weapons My Friend,' was its predecessor." - Kevin Max

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