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Shinedown - Second Chance


Shinedown - Second Chance - Meaning of the song

"Second chance" is about lead singer Brent Smith leaving his native Knoxville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in rock 'n' roll.


"This song for me is the most personal song on the record because it's about how I grew up and my childhood. It's about throwing caution to the wind and going after what you truly want in life."


"Second Chance", along with Taylor Swift's "Love Story", was one of two number one songs played by Casey Kasem on the last weekend of his radio career. "Second Chance" was the final number one on Kasem's American Top 20, his hot adult contemporary countdown show that aired its finale on July 4/5, 2009. ("Love Story" held that distinction on its sister program, the adult contemporaryAmerican Top 10.


At Pointfest 22, lead singer Brent Smith told the audience:


"It's important for you to hear this... When I grew up, everyone was okay with being in a bubble. They were cool in their circle. That's fine. But no one should discourage someone if they have a dream, if they want something more. This song was difficult for me to write the lyrics to because it's about my mother and my father, and about the day I said goodbye to them, because I had to go try, and I'm still trying, every day, to become a man. So, this song is about that. It's about the moment that you wake up and you decide you want to go for every single dream you ever want."


Second Chance - Lyrics


My eyes are open wide By the way I made it through the day I watched the world outside By the way I'm leaving out today I just saw Halley's comet She waved Said, "Why you always running in place?" Even the man in the moon disappeared Somewhere in the stratosphere Tell my mother Tell my father I've done the best I can To make them realize This is my life I hope they understand I'm not angry, I'm just saying Sometimes goodbye is a second chance Please don't cry one tear for me I'm not afraid Of what I have to say This is my one and only voice So listen close It's only for today I just saw Halley's comet She waved Said, "Why you always running in place?" Even the man in the moon disappeared Somewhere in the stratosphere Tell my mother Tell my father I've done the best I can To make them realize This is my life I hope they understand I'm not angry, I'm just saying Sometimes goodbye is a second chance Here's my chance This is my chance Tell my mother Tell my father I've done the best I can To make them realize This is my life I hope they understand I'm not angry, I'm just saying Sometimes goodbye is a second chance Sometimes goodbye is a second chance Sometimes goodbye is a second chance


Shinedown - Second Chance - Live


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