The Past (song)

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"The Past"
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Single by Sevendust featuring Chris Daughtry
from the album Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
Released 2008
Format Digital single
Recorded 2008
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal
Length 3:53
Label Asylum
Songwriter(s) John Connolly, Harry S. E. Grove, Vinnie Hornsby, Ronald Mayo, Morgan Rose, Lajon Witherspoon[1]
Producer(s) Sean Groove
John Connolly
Morgan Rose
Sevendust singles chronology
"Prodigal Son"
"The Past"
"Prodigal Son"
"'The Past"

"The Past" is the second single from the Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow album produced by the American heavy metal band Sevendust. This power ballad, with lead vocals from Lajon Witherspoon and featuring guest vocals by lead vocalist of the band Daughtry, Chris Daughtry, is a bit of a departure for the band, falling more into the post-grunge category than what fans have come to expect from Sevendust. "Sorrow", another song found on Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow, is similar in tone and also contains guest vocals, this time by Myles Kennedy. The song doesn't feature music video.


Florida TV station WFTV-Channel 9 reported that Sevendust's song "The Past" was played repeatedly by Casey Anthony, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee while she was out on bond. The track carries this lyric: "Beneath the water that's falling from my eyes, Lays a soul I've left behind." The song was also apparently a topic of discussion on "Nancy Grace", a nightly current affairs show on CNN's Headline News hosted by Nancy Ann Grace, an American legal commentator, television host, and former prosecutor.

Sevendust has issued the following statement regarding the matter, "After hearing the news that our song "The Past" was a topic of discussion on the Nancy Grace show yesterday, we would like to elaborate. The song was written as a song of hope. A song with positive message. To look back on your life and reflect and to feel good about getting through the rough times that everyone goes through, the roller coaster of life, so to speak." Also they added, "We regret that we've been linked to the horrible subject involving the disappearance of little Caylee Anthony. Most of us have children and have been saddened by the story from the beginning."[2]


Chart Position[edit]

The song reached #27 in the Mainstream Rock Chart.


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2008 Mainstream Rock Tracks 27