"Second Chance" as written by Brent Smith and Dave Bassett....
My eyes are open wide
By the way
I made it through the day
I watch the world outside
By the way
I'm leaving out today

I just saw Haley's comet, shooting
She waved, said, "Why are you always running in place"
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere

Tell my mother, tell my father
I have 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 Haley's comet, she waved
She waved, said, "Why are you always running in place"
Even the man in the moon disappeared
Somewhere in the stratosphere


Here is my chance
This is my chance


Sometimes goodbye is a second chance
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance

Lyrics submitted by pharmdoc299, edited by swagfag, bastet, shinedownfan45

"Second Chance" as written by Brent Smith, Dave Bassett

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  • +11
    General CommentFrom what I've heard off the "The Sound of Madness" this song sounds like it'll be one of the best songs on the new CD by Shinedown, and one of their best ever. Brent mentioned this was one of the toughest songs he's ever written because it's about him saying goodbye to his parents... having to move on with his own life and become a man, to live out his dreams. Powerful song... deserves to be a monstrous hit for them.
    pharmdoc299on June 20, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentFrom lead singer Brent Smith, at Pointfest 22:

    It's important for you to hear this.. when I grew up, everyone was ok 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.
    skootleson January 06, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWell I just saw Shinedown live at a very small club and they were amazing. I have been listening to The Sound of Madness since it was released and know practically all the lyrics by heart. This particular song was my favorite from the beginning and even though I know the lyrics when he sang it tonight it really hit home with the fact that you have to live your life by your rules and not worry about approval from your parents. I actually broke down and cried. You have to take chances in life and go for your dreams whatever they may be.
    jerryblueyeson March 25, 2009   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningYou know you're in trouble when songs speak to you don't you. Its that time of life where you need a sounding board and loved ones fail you. Thats how i felt about this song. It came when i needed the strength to move away from everyone and venture blindly into new. I literally heard this song a dozen times as i was towing my RV packed with all my things, two pets and Girlfriend.i believe the inspiration for this song was heaven sent as many these days needed to go against the social norms or be risky.Nothing else seems to be working. I read others had similar stories, mine in particular is quite brutal as well. TY Shinedown for blessing me with this song. I took the Haleys Comet reference as needing to be gone to see what is stretched beyond sight, 75 yrs is a bit long but sometimes when you come back everyone is happy to see you , make the time to celebrate your journey, and speculate where you have been. It could mean that in spect to our lives somehow. Wish i could meet Shinedown, maybe my life;s story would be a few more songs.
    tencuttyon August 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can envision this being said over the phone to a brother or sister. A sad song, no doubt.

    *My eyes are open wide, by the way
    I made it through the day.
    I watch the world outside, by the way
    I'm leaving out today.*

    The protagonist's parents have tried to shelter him throughout his life. He goes out into the "ugly world" that they tried to shield from him, and he realizes it's the place where he fits most, and might have the talent to succeed. He cannot do that while remaining under their umbrella.

    *I just saw Hailey's Comet she waved
    Said, "Why are you always running in place?
    Even the man in the moon disappeared
    Somewhere in the stratosphere"*

    Halley's Comet (lyric is spelled incorrectly) appears once ever 75 years. This is partly a metaphor for life. Life span of a human is typically 75 years. Most people only get a chance to see Halley's Comet once, and likewise most people only have one chance to "make it." Basically, he sees his life flying by and realizes that he will never reach his goals if he hangs around. He also acknowledges the cyclical nature. "The Man In The Moon" is seen around the Full Moon, and goes away during the New Moon phase. He's basically saying that he will be back, but that the current circumstance needs to change in order for him to realize his ambitions.

    *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*

    I don't believe this is the first time he's tried to leave. Like I said, I hear this as a phone call from somewhere on the way to his final destination. It sounds like they've derailed previous attempts. If he takes them out of the decision, his spite towards their lack of support will not rise up, and maybe that kind of "goodbye" will allow the parent-child relationship to mend one day.

    *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*

    Basically, he's sick of repeating himself to everyone in his family who wants him to be the person they want him to be. He's only going to explain one last time.

    I think the element of this song that can be lost is that he doesn't want to lose the relationship. The phenomena that he mentions happen in cycles. He wants to return one day, but he can't right now. The problem is that his family are narrow thinking, to the point of this being "goodbye" for good (don't cry one tear). Instead, he wants them to know that he sees this as the only way to preserve their relationship as a family in the long run. Whether it works or not, who knows?
    Guitarearlon July 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful and its definitely one of my favorites. I'm looking forward to seeing this on the radio along with Devour and The Crow and the Butterfly!
    animated lieson June 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst, this is my favorite song off this cd. no doubt.

    i heard somewhere (i think it was their site) that this was Brent's hardest song ever to write because it was about telling his parents to just let go of him and let him live his own life. he is trying to tell them that in order for him to be happy he needs them to let him go and let him do what he wants. and telling him goodbye is giving him a 'second chance' to do that.
    swallowthehurton June 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just heard this song for the first time today, and I LOVE it. I've just listened to it three times in a row, and I don't think I'm finished hearing it yet.

    I love when he sings, "I just saw Halley's Comet...", just the way he sounds... I love his voice.

    For some reason, when I first heard it, I thought it was about suicide. I'm not really sure why, I might just be in a dark frame of mind, and that's just what I would automatically think of. I can also see the other interpretation about him having to leave his parents, and I'm surprised that wasn't my first thought, since I'm about to move across the country from my family.

    Either way, this is still a great song.
    Desaparecidaon September 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDesaparecida I thought it was about suicide to at first. It does kinda fit into that sort of thing.

    Anyway this band is amazing and always has the most powerful lyrics. And his voice just tops it off. I love his voice its nice and manly hahaha.

    Anyway very good song.
    SpeakToMEon October 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI never knew it was about his family however for me this song has been about my battle with suicide/depression, and me wanting to leave and say good bye to everyone.

    Its interesting and a good proof this is a good song that so many views can be made from it.

    Good luck, have fun.
    ioudason November 11, 2008   Link

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