You Call This An Apology?

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While listening to an oldies station recently I happened to come across this song(Second Chance, 38 Special). I made the mistake of listening to the lyrics and what a surprise! This is (I think) meant to be a loving plea to a wronged lover. All I can say is I hope this poor woman didn’t take him back. I mean, she was willing and that’s all there is to say? Really? So let me get this right. You cheat on me, you don’t even have the decency to care about the person you cheat with and the only defense you can come up with is that she was willing? Should I congratulate you for not messing around with the unwilling ones?

Here are the offending lyrics:

Since you been gone
I feel my life slipping away
I look to the sky
And everything is turnin’ gray
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

Chorus:

When love makes this sound babe
A heart needs a second chance
Don’t put me down babe
Can’t you see I love you
Since you 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 fooled on you
But she never meant a thing
And I know I ain’t got no right
To ask you to sympathize
But why can’t you think it over
Why can’t you forget the past

Chorus

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

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 you forget about, forget the past

(A heart needs a second chance…) When love makes it sound bad
(My heart needs a second chance…) Don’t put me down, babe

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

(A heart needs a second chance…) When love makes it sound bad
(My heart needs a second chance…) Don’t put me down, babe…..

So what do you think? Would you accept this “apology”?

- Maggie AAR

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4 Responses to “You Call This An Apology?”

  1. LeeB. says:

    Heck no I wouldn’t accept the apology. Very nicely done as a song, but still… ;)

  2. Rosario says:

    My response would probably involve obscenities and a good arse-kicking.

  3. Lynda X says:

    Gee, I wonder if he would forgive and forget if she said the same thing about her affair with another man. Somehow, I doubt it. Unfortunately, I bet that especially for some famous men, meaningless affairs are pretty common. Look at Clinton. Somehow, they seem all too often separate in the minds of some men especially from the marriage.

  4. Audrey says:

    The part about “I’ll never do it again” seems to be missing.