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Daughtry – September
How the time passed away? All the trouble that we gave
And all those days we spent out by the lake
Has it all gone to waste? All the promises we made
One by one they vanish just the same
Of all the things I still remember
Summer’s never looked the same
The years go by and time just seems to fly
But the memories remain
In the middle of September we’d still play out in the rain
Nothing to lose but everything to gain
Reflecting now on how things could’ve been
It was worth it in the end
Now it all seems so clear, there’s nothing left to fear
So we made our way by finding what was real
Now the days are so long that summer’s moving on
We reach for something that’s already gone
Daughtry wrote the riff for “September” while he was on tour with Bon Jovi His bandmate Josh Steely sent Daughtry some lyrical ideas and Chris sent back a lyric based on Steely’s outline, which Steely said was “exactly what he was going for, remembering the summer and going back to school”. According to Daughtry, “every time I hear that song it takes me back to my summers in Lasker. I loved growing up there, but I knew I’d have leave to make something of my life.” The song’s lines, “Yeah, we knew we had to leave this town / But we never knew when and we never knew how / We would end up here the way we are” inspired the album’s title. Daughtry wanted “September” as a single, and that it should be released “at the time of the year when it will have meaning“.