The Innocent Age

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The Innocent Age
Dan Fogelberg - The Innocent Age.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1981
GenreSoft rock
LabelFull Moon/Epic
ProducerDan Fogelberg, Marty Lewis
Dan Fogelberg chronology
The Innocent Age
Greatest Hits
Singles from The Innocent Age
  1. "Same Old Lang Syne"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Hard to Say"
    Released: 1981
  3. "Leader of the Band"
    Released: 1981
  4. "Run for the Roses"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

The Innocent Age is the seventh album by American singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). It was also one of his most successful albums; three of his four Top 10 singles on the Billboard pop chart ("Hard to Say" (no. 7), "Same Old Lang Syne" (no. 9), and "Leader of the Band" (no. 9) were from this album, as well as another Top 20 single in "Run for the Roses" (no. 18). All four also reached the Top 10 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, with "Leader of the Band" reaching number 1 on that chart. The album also includes his song "Times Like These" from the 1980 "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack. The Innocent Age drew its inspiration from Thomas Wolfe's major novel Of Time and the River.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dan Fogelberg, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Nexus" – 6:04
  2. "The Innocent Age" – 4:15
  3. "The Sand and the Foam" – 4:19
  4. "In the Passage" – 6:28
Side two
  1. "Lost in the Sun" – 3:53
  2. "Run for the Roses" – 4:18
  3. "Leader of the Band" (concludes with an excerpt from "The Washington Post" march arranged by Lawrence Peter Fogelberg, performed by the UCLA Band) – 4:48
  4. "Same Old Lang Syne" – 5:21
Side three
  1. "Stolen Moments" – 3:12
  2. "The Lion's Share" – 5:10
  3. "Only the Heart May Know" – 4:09
  4. "The Reach" – 6:30
Side four
  1. "Aireshire Lament" – 0:52
  2. "Times Like These" (from the 1980 Urban Cowboy Soundtrack) – 3:02
  3. "Hard to Say" – 4:00
  4. "Empty Cages" (Fogelberg, Russ Kunkel, Norbert Putnam, Michael Utley) – 6:24
  5. "Ghosts" – 7:16


  • Dan Fogelberg – lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, electric and acoustic pianos (except on "The Reach" and "Hard to Say"), Prophet 5, ARP String Ensemble, Bass guitar (on "Nexus", "The Innocent Age", "Run for the Roses", "Same Old Lang Syne", and "Times Like These"), percussion (on "Nexus", "The Innocent Age", "Lost in the Sun", "Stolen Moments", "The Reach", "Times Like These", and "Empty Cages"), coral electric sitar on "Nexus", Moog synthesizer on "In the Passage", bowed psaltery on "Aireshire Lament", hammer dulcimer on "Ghosts", orchestral arrangements
  • Don Alias – percussion on "Nexus"
  • Michael Breckersoprano saxophone on "Same Old Lang Syne", tenor saxophone on "The Lion's Share"
  • Michael Brewer – harmony vocals on "The Reach"
  • David Duke – French horn on "The Reach"
  • Jesse Erlich – cello on "The Sand and the Foam"
  • Jimmie Fadden – harmonica on "Run for the Roses"
  • Mike Finniganorgan (on "In the Passage" and "The Lion's Share")
  • Glenn Frey – harmony vocals on "Hard to Say"
  • Richie Furay – harmony vocals on "The Innocent Age"
  • Mark Gottesman – choir direction on "Ghosts"
  • Emmylou Harris – lead vocal on "Only the Heart May Know"
  • Heart of Darkness Chorale – chants on "Nexus"
  • Don Henley – harmony vocals on "The Lion's Share"
  • Jerry Hey – piccolo trumpet on "The Reach"
  • Chris Hillman – harmony vocals on "Empty Cage"
  • Russ Kunkeldrums, congas and timbales on "Hard to Say", percussion on "In the Passage" and "Empty Cages"
  • Joe Lala – congas and timbales on "Empty Cages"
  • Gayle LaVant – harp on "The Sand and the Foam" and "Aireshire Lament"
  • Marty Lewis – percussion on "Stolen Moments" and "Times Like These"
  • Joni Mitchell – backing vocals on "Nexus"
  • Kenny Passarellibass guitar (on "In the Passage", "Lost in the Sun", "The Lion's Share", and "Ghosts"), broken twigs on "The Lion's Share"
  • Al Perkinspedal steel guitar (on "Run for the Roses" and "Only the Heart May Know")
  • Norbert Putnam – bass (on "Stolen Moments", "The Reach", "Hard to Say", and "Empty Cages")
  • Tom Scott – tenor saxophone on "Hard to Say"
  • Glen Spreen – orchestral arrangements, brass quintet arrangement on "Leader of the Band/Washington Post March"
  • Sid Sharp – concertmaster
  • Michael Utley – acoustic piano on "The Reach" and "Empty Cages", electric piano on "Hard to Say"
  • UCLA BandMarching band on "Leader of the Band/Washington Post March"
  • UCLA Choir – choir on "Ghosts"


  • Producers: Dan Fogelberg and Marty Lewis
  • Engineer: Marty Lewis
  • Recorded at Northbear Studios (Boulder, CO); Caribou Ranch (Nederland, CO); Rudy Records and Wally Heider Recording Studio (Hollywood, CA); Sunset Sound (Los Angeles, CA); Record Plant (Sausalito, CA).
  • Mixed at Sunset Sound
  • Cover Design: Kosh
  • Cover Photography: Dan Fogelberg and Andy Katz
  • Liner Photography: Andy Katz
  • Liner Notes: David awells
  • Text: Thomas Wolfe


AlbumBillboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 6
SinglesBillboard (North America)
Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Same Old Lang Syne" Adult Contemporary 8
1980 "Same Old Lang Syne" Pop Singles 9
1981 "Hard to Say" Adult Contemporary 2
1981 "Hard to Say" Pop Singles 7
1981 "Lost In The Sun" Mainstream Rock 45
1982 "Leader of the Band" Adult Contemporary 1
1982 "Leader of the Band" Pop Singles 9
1982 "Run for the Roses" Adult Contemporary 3
1982 "Run for the Roses" Pop Singles 18