Never thought I'd smell the scent of innocence
Living in the city made my own mind my nemesis
“Livin' in the city” most likely means he moved out of home because he was offered a deal with the devil and sold his soul. He’d never thought he’d find an innocent person, after living in the city which can lead to an amoral lifestyle after seeing so much sin. He eventually adopted that mindset too, leaving his own mother to disown him.
Seeing as though he is referencing sins of the flesh in the next line implying that being in a city filled with sin… sin is all he thinks about now.
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