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Second Chance is the second single by the rock band Shinedown from their 2008 album The Sound of Madness. It was released on September 9, 2008. The song has been used in promotion for the second season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It was also used in the 2008 WWE Tribute To The Troops show. It isn't featured on the UK release of The Sound of Madness. In May 2009, the song was used in a promo regarding the return of character Michael Corinthos on ABC's daytime drama General Hospital

At Pointfest 22, lead singer Brent Smith told the audience that the song is about him leaving his native Knoxville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in rock 'n' roll;
"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 wanted."

The official music video for the song premiered on January 8, 2009 on MSN Music. It starts with a teenage girl sitting on a bench at night, and lead singer Brent Smith in the background. It shows that she has a job helping a fisherman. She also has a boyfriend. She aspires to be a ballerina, and wants to go to a dance school. She is seen dancing in her garage a few times in the music video. However,her family is somewhat dysfunctional, with her parents shown fighting all the time. She looks out for her younger brother, and often takes care of him. When she asks her mother for permission to go to the school one day, her mother immediately refuses, showing her bills, and shouting at her. The girl thinks about all the things in her life that make her happy, and decides to run away to attend the school. She leaves a note for her parents, and she looks in on her younger brother asleep, before leaving the house. She then goes to the bench where the music video began, bringing the music video to full circle. When her parents read the note, it makes them realize that they didn't make the best choices in raising her, but they have a second chance with the girl's younger brother to get it right.

Lead singer, Brent Smith, is shown singing alone on a hill throughout the video, and the girl is shown practicing her dancing in the garage frequently. At the end of the video, the girl gets on a bus, where Brent Smith and the other members of the band are riding on as well.

"Second Chance" is Shinedown's biggest hit to date, becoming their first song to top both the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, as well as their first top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It's their third single to top the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, having spent 10 weeks at #1 beginning December 27, 2008. On the Modern Rock Tracks chart, it is their first #1 single, having spent three non-consecutive weeks at #1 beginning February 14, 2009. As of May, 2009 edition of Billboard, "Second Chance" has reached #15 on the Hot 100, making it the band's first Top-20 hit. It's also their debut single on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at #42. It's also their first single to debut on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart at #17. On March 29, 2009, Second Chance debuted at #20 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, becoming their first video to ever debut on the show, and on May 16, Second Chance hit #1; Brent & Barry, the guests on the show at the time, introduced it themselves.

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