Second Chance (5:02)

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From Anthology (disc 2) and 12 other releases

“Second Chance” is a song by American rock band 38 Special, from their eighth studio album, 1988’s Rock & Roll Strategy. Written by keyboardist Max Carl, guitarist Jeff Carlisi and Cal Curtis, the song was released as the album’s second single in 1989 and became the band’s highest-charting song in the United States.

Background and composition

Jeff Carlisi wrote “Second Chance” five years before it was first recorded.[1] The song, about love labor’s lost[2] remained on the shelf until Max Carl joined the band following the departure of Don Barnes.[1] Carl loved the song and rewrote the chorus.[3] Carlisi recalled, ” really brought it home and had such a marvelous voice. I mean, the guy could sing ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and you’d go buy it, he was so good. He really sold that song.”[1]

Release and reception

“Second Chance” entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 78 in February 1989.[4] The song was the highest-charting Hot 100 single of the band’s career,[5] as it peaked at number six in May and spent 21 weeks on the chart.[4] The song reached number five on the Singles Sales chart and number nine on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.[6] It also peaked at number two on the Mainstream Rock chart, and became the band’s first number one single on the Adult Contemporary chart.[5] It was Billboard magazine’s “Adult Contemporary Song of the Year” for 1989.


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  • CidaDuarteF

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    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • SSBN623

    jim simon here get the fuck out of my studio

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Eviebb13

    Just a second chance.....

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • guilhermecu

    Don't say it's over, I just can't say goodbye...

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TWHsr

    Still good in 2014.

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    Fab. band.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF


    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LandslideGoat

    "She was willing and that's all there is to say".."All I made was one mistake"...."Why can't you think it over..why can't you forget about the past"...Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • thebroadcast

    Yep !

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • angeleyes001

    Loving it!

    20 Oct 2013 Reply

    Awl! I will never stop loving this tune! Memories and young love! :-)

    3 Aug 2013 Reply

    Spank! I am just saying! Great tune! Hits me well in my heart!

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Get well Donnie Van Zant and back on the road.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply

    Spank! :)

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa


    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Elyssyan

    Love This Song. 'So This Is Love.....Can't you See I Love You........... Don't Say It's Over.........Please Don't Leave Me Now...A heart Needs A second Chance......Please Forgive Me....Forget about the past....... A Heart Needs A Second Chance...Oh Yes. How True...

    27 Jun 2013 Reply

    Epic! :-) Spank!

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • eyaj

    ...this heart needs a second chance...I just can't say good-bye....

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • JNez

    memories of senior year, 1989!

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
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