Never Again - Nickelback

Hmmm, never thought that I'd be writing about a Nickelback song. Theirs are the songs that I like for hearing once in a while. However, in their album, Silver Side Up, there is a song called Never Again! Man, the lyrics blow my mind. Simple sentences, phrases put together that brings alive a story. The story is told many a times, but never like this ;-)!

"Never Again"

He's drunk again, it's time to fight
She must have done something wrong tonight
The living room becomes a boxing ring
It's time to run when you see him
Clenching his hands
She's just a woman
Never Again

I hear her scream, from down the hall
Amazing she can even talk at all
She cries to me, Go back to bed
I'm terrified that she'll wind up
Dead in his hands, She's just a woman
Never Again

Been there before, but not like this
Seen it before, but not like this
Never before have I ever
Seen it this bad
She's just a woman
Never Again

Just tell the nurse, you slipped and fell
It starts to sting as it starts to swell
She looks at you, she wants the truth
It's right out there in the waiting room
With those hands
Lookin just as sweet as he can
Never Again

Seen it before, but not like this
Been there before, but not like this
Never before have I ever
Seen it this bad
She's just a woman
Never Again

Father's a name you haven't earned yet
You're just a child with a temper
Haven't you heard "Don't hit a lady"?
Kickin' your ass would be a pleasure

He's drunk again, it's time to fight
Same old shit, just on a different night
She grabs the gun, she's had enough
Tonight she'll find out how fucking
Tough is this man
Pulls the trigger as fast as she can
Never Again

Seen it before, but not like this
Been there before, but not like this
Never before have I ever
Seen it this bad
She's just a woman
Never Again

What's amazing about this song is that there are no complicated sentences, but the way these simple words are arranged have such a powerful meaning. From what I have read the lyrics, I think it's the story of a kid who's seeing his mother being hit by his father.

The first stanza sets up the scene of a rowdy father.

The second stanza talks about the thoughts running in his mind after seeing what is happening in front of his eyes.

The third stanza and the main chorus plays out what the kid is probably telling himself.

The fourth stanza talks about the hospital scene and wow!!

Fast forward to the second last stanza and he talks about the mother finally deciding to react! This is where I was blown over. The sentence in this stanza Same old shit, just on a different night, and Tonight she'll find ut how fucking tough is this man, and Pulls the trigger as fast as she can, NEVER AGAIN. Wow, that holds so much meaning. Never again to pull the trigger, Never again would he harm him, Never again would this boy see his mother getting beaten to pulp.

The next stanza - the last two sentences - She's just a woman NEVER AGAIN. WOW!! She's no longer just a woman!!! She's turned a savior for herself.!!

Kudos Nickelback!! I mean... Whoa, got some respects for ya man now... ;-)!

P.S. The best part of the whole thing is that I could clearly see a video coming outta this.. The vdo is going round and round in my head. Wonder why they didn't come up with this song faster?? Talk about bad product and album management!!