Innocent (Our Lady Peace song)

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Single by Our Lady Peace
from the album Gravity
Released August 13, 2002[1]
Format Digital download
CD single
Recorded November 2001 - February 2002
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 3:42
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Raine Maida
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Our Lady Peace singles chronology
"Somewhere Out There"
"Made of Steel"

"Innocent" is a song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace. It was released in August 2002 as the second single from their fifth studio album Gravity. It was written by lead vocalist Raine Maida.

Background and writing[edit]

Lead vocalist Raine Maida stated in 2002 that "Innocent" was one of his favorite songs from Gravity. "I wrote this song over a year ago and I was originally hesitant to play it for the band, but once we got into the studio and began working with Bob we were able to make it an Our Lady Peace song.[2]"

According to Raine, the title of the song was originally "Arrogant" and featured different lyrics. Producer Bob Rock made him rewrite most of the songs from Gravity in order to make them more accessible and easier to understand.[3]


The song is about people who suffer, including a girl with cancer. The song also references legendary rock musicians John Lennon and Kurt Cobain.


Local school children in Hawaii were used to sing background vocals on the chorus of the song.[4]

Before Mike Turner left the band, he recorded the rhythm guitar for this track. It would later be interlaced with Steve Mazur's guitar playing for the final recording, but Turner's style of playing is still recognized.

Track listing[edit]

US Pro CD[edit]

Sony-BMG SMI EPC 5099767343920

  1. "Innocent" - 3:43

US Music Video Promo CD[edit]

Columbia OLP-1-CC-DB-S-092402

European Pro CD[edit]

Epic LC 00199

  1. "Innocent" (radio edit) - 3:05
  2. "Innocent" - 3:42
  3. "Innocent" (guitars-down-mix) - 3:42

European CD single[edit]

Epic EPC 673439 2

  1. "Innocent" - 3:43
  2. "Naveed (Live)" - 6:47
  3. "4 AM (Live)" - 5:01
  4. "Imagine (Live)"
  5. "Innocent" (Music Video)

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Innocent" was filmed on August 31, 2002 at several locations including at a school and a parking lot in Toronto.[5] The music video went to win two MuchMusic Video Awards in 2003, including "Best Video."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002–2003) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 12
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 20
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 35


  1. ^ "[ news archive]" August 8, 2002. Retrieved March 22, 2010
  2. ^ Anon (2002). "Bio" at the Internet Archive. Retrieved September 19, 2009
  3. ^ "Our Lady Peace Frontman Pushed To Sickness Writing 'Gravity' Lyrics". retrieved August 7, 2009
  4. ^ Anon. "Our Lady Peace - Innocent; interview snippet" - Mix 100 FM. 22 Aug., 2002.Retrieved November 15, 2009
  5. ^ "Innocent Video Shoot" 2002. Retrieved February 8, 2010
  6. ^ " – Our Lady Peace – Innocent". Top 40 Singles.

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