Duff McKagan Releases Emotional New Song “Last September”

With two weeks to go before the May 31st arrival of new album ‘Tenderness’ (UME), Duff McKagan is giving fans another look at the album with today’s release of the poignant “Last September.”

As McKagan tells it, the spare and compelling “Last September” was inspired by the harrowing experiences shared by #MeToo abuse survivors.

“I heard and read some awful stories,” he says. “As the father of two girls, I felt the need to write this song. If I have any job in the world, it’s to protect the women in my life.”

The song paints a disturbing picture:
“Last September”

No she can’t remember
They said there’s too much pain
It happened last September
From some familiar man
Why, d’she/he have to think about a plan
(And why, if she had been so kind and understanding)
To get away, fight and scream, a frantic plea against the pain
His mom
ma didn’t raise a man
He went and lost his temper
He went and lost his brain
Her tears brought his anger
It sent him in a rage
He’s blind, what she wore, he said she planned it
He lied to himself, said she could have ran
She said no, he said yes, he took
her down and choked her neck
His momma didn’t raise a man
Darkest secrets get released
These manic pigs and their disease
He cries when he gets what comes his way
His momma didn’t raise a man
Darkest secrets get released
These manic pigs and their disease
Why, d’she/he have to think about a plan
(And why, if she had been so kind and understanding)
To get away, fight and scream, a frantic plea against the pain
But life goes on, and so will she,
Getting stronger, shedding skin
Scrapes and scars will fade away
Those memories will always stay

“I wanted to make the man in the song as awful as possible,” says McKagan. “I wanted to make him a warning. We hear stories of people showing signs beforehand…and we hear also, that something could have been done. I don’t have an answer, and the song doesn’t either. The hope is to simply raise awareness of distressing signals that some may display.”