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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while the story behind this song may be a sensitive one, Shinedown tells the tale using non-offensive lyrics that contain no explicit swearing or adult references.
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What's the story?
SECOND CHANCE is single number two off Shinedown's third album, The Sound of Madness. In this track, the alt-rock band delves into deep emotional territory, singing about a young adult stuck in an unsatisfying home situation who has big dreams of leading an independent life. The band ultimately puts an optimistic spin on this difficult premise, noting that time apart can be good for a relationship: \"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.\"
Is it any good?
On this record, the band strays from its southern-rock roots, striving for a big alt-rock sound that, in the words of lead singer Brent Smith, is "over the top." "Second Chance" doesn't quite hit this mark, offering performances that are respectable if not particularly memorable. In the end, this is the type of song that you remember the words to while forgetting exactly which one among all the cookie-cutter alt-rock groups performs it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to avoid communication breakdowns that make kids want to strike out on their own. What can parents and children do to build an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation? Can you name five strategies for keeping the lines of communication open?