Ed mentions the song twice in his online diary
, as part of a kind of joke by the band, where they pretended to have lost the master tapes of one of their best new songs, successfully puzzling the media and fans. They were slightly irritated by how closely people were following Ed's diary, especially the music press, and decided to have a bit of fun... In reality, however, they weren't too fond at all of the way the song sounded back then. Therefore, when around the same time Thom describes the song as a "sweeping ballad", that remark surely has to be seen in the light of the whole attempt to mislead people:
monday, february 7th 2000
monday morning and everyone arrives looking completely fucked. got one more week before we take a week off to recharge. nigel wants to mix 'dollars and cents'
now that there are strings on it. he goes upstairs to work on it. downstairs work continues on thom and jonny's drum thing
from last week. late night worries and weird symbiosis going on. go on message board and someone asks us about 'innocents civilian'
. so once we get off the web we decide to put up the master tape of it. can't find it anywhere which is incredibly strange. it's got to turn up.
tuesday, february 8th 2000
nigel got what seems like a good mix of 'dollars and cents'
. more work on t+j's drum thing
. did some playing this afternoon. upstairs at the moment nigel and thom are doing 'something' to kinetic
. still can't find the master tapes to 'innocents civilian'
and beginning to worry. worst case scenarios even being aired ie the u2 case when some of their rehearsal tapes went missing and ended up being sold as bootlegs.cozzie continues editing drums.
Note that the spelling of the title has changed to 'Innocents Civilian'. A possible explanation is, that Ed simply made a typo in the first entry, and the band then decided to keep it, as they didn't think too much of the song anyway.