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This power ballad is the first single by Irish pop rock band The Script, from their sophomore album, titled Science & Faith. Danny O'Donoghue of The Script told the story behind the song in an interview with Merrick, Dools & Ricki-Lee on Sydney radio station Nova 96.9. Said O'Donoghue: "The song 'For the First Time' was about a time when we got back after touring around the world. We wanted to press palms with the people who had really gotten us there, and we got home and realised there's a stark reality out there, the recession has hit, people are losing their jobs and their valuable things, and we thought, this almost pales in comparison to our news.We started the song, and it ended up being a bit bleak and we felt we really needed a great message in these, to turn it around... so we needed a message of hope, as being are being stripped of all these things they're realising what's really important. It's all about going back to basics, drinking cheap wine, eating your dinner off the floor. That's when you meet each other for the first time, when you have nothing."
The song debuted at #1 on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming The Script's first chart-topper in their home country.
The music video features band members of The Script within a studio and clips of a couple that have emigrated from Ireland to New York. Eve Hewson, daughter of U2's Bono, plays one of the characters in the clip.
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