Second Chance

Album: Rock & Roll Strategy (1988)
Charted: 6
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  • Since you've been gone
    I feel my life slippin' away
    I look to the sky
    And everything is turnin' grey
    All I made was one mistake
    How much more will I have to pay
    Why can't you think it over
    Why can't you forget about the past?

    When love makes a sound babe
    A heart needs a second chance
    Don't put me down babe
    Can't you see I love you
    Since you've been gone
    I've been in a trance
    This heart needs a second chance
    Don't say it's over
    I just can't say goodbye

    So this is love
    Standing in the pouring rain
    I've called on you
    'Cause she never meant a thing
    And I know I ain't got the right
    To ask you to sympathize
    But why can't you think it over
    Why can't you forget about the past?

    When love makes a sound babe
    A heart needs a second chance
    Don't put me down babe
    Can't you see I love you
    Since you've been gone
    I've been in a trance
    This heart needs a second chance
    Don't say it's over
    I just can't say goodbye

    I never loved her
    I never needed her
    She was willing and that's all there is to say
    Don't forsake me
    Please don't leave me now
    A heart needs a second chance

    Yeah, you've been gone and I've been in a trance
    This heart needs a second chance
    Don't say it's over I just can't say goodbye
    Please forgive me and forget it
    I was wrong and I admit it
    Why can't we talk it over
    Why can't we forget about, forget about the past

    (A heart needs a second chance)
    When love makes a sound babe
    (A heart needs a second chance)
    Don't put me down babe
    You've been gone I've been in a trance
    This heart needs a second chance
    Don't say it's over I just can't say goodbye

    (A heart needs a second chance)
    When love makes this sound babe
    (A heart needs a second chance)
    (A heart needs a second chance)
    When love makes this sound baby
    (A heart needs a second chance)
    (A heart needs a second chance)
    (A heart needs a second chance)
    (A heart needs a second chance) Writer/s: CAL CURTIS, JEFF CARLISI, MAX CARL
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 4

  • Cari from St. Louis, MoFrom a female's perspective this song is melodically beautiful but the lyrics are horrible! The guy has been found out he was cheating (maybe confessed? ). He wants her to "forget about the past" but in having sex with another woman he's already forgotten about the past...THEIR past... so he thinks she should do the same & not be upset by this. Maybe she was forgetting about the past...their past...by moving on from him. It's never mentioned how long from her finding out to when he's begging for forgiveness has past in this song. If one thinks it's quickly after he's admitted/been found out, then has she had enough time to process everything? Him PUSHING her to "just forget about the past" really isn't taking into account HER feelings. This song is very much about how he feels and how he feels ONLY. I love .38 Special but hate the lyrics to this particular song.
  • Mary Brooks from Owosso Michigan Absolutely love Max Carl! Could listen to him all day!
  • Karen from Leesburg, VaI love everything about .38 Special -- except this song. What a waste of time.
  • The Rock from ChicagoThe original writer of "Second Chance" is Cal Curtis, my old roomie back in the day - we lived the next block over from the old A & M Recording Studio in Hollywood. Like 38 Special, he was from Atlanta and knew them before he moved to LA. That said, this account doesn't match my recollection of the history of this song at all. I DO remember thinking it was a hit, and Cal's version was shorter/simpler; Even though it became an evergreen smash hit with 38 Special, I remember thinking it was a better song before the rewrite. Wisely, they were smart enough not to change the best & hookiest parts of the song for the 38 Special version.

    I'm pretty sure Cal also gave up the lion's share of the royalties/publishing as part of this whole thing, but 38 Special was an established band & brand, in a position to make something happen with Cal's tune - and that they did. I would love to hear Cal's original version again somewhere, and see who else might share my opinion about which version they think is best?
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