Jukebox Friday

Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson

You know those tear-jerker songs? I guess they are different for everyone. For me it’s ‘First of May‘ from Bee Gees, about growing up and letting go. It’s ‘Say Something‘ from A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, about heartbreak and giving up. It’s ‘Take Me To Church‘ by Hozier, about frustration and the feel of abandonment. I recently rediscover such a song from a few years back, ‘Piece by Piece’ by Kelly Clarkson. And especially the live version, where her usually perfect vocals were weighed down by heavy emotions. I cried when I first watched her performance, but this time not because of sadness, it’s because the overwhelming hope I felt. Her song is beautiful, with a set of amazing lyrics that is definitely one of my favorites of all time. If you’ve never seen this particular performance, you’re welcome. You can thank me later. Have a lovely Friday! (PS Don’t get me wrong, I had a happy childhood and my dad is always there for me. But some other men, not so much.)

And all I remember is your back
Walking towards the airport, leaving us all in your past
I traveled fifteen hundred miles to see you
Begged you to want me, but you didn’t want to
But piece by piece he collected me
Up off the ground where you abandoned things, and
Piece by piece he filled the holes
That you burned in me at six years old
And you know
He never walks away
He never asks for money
He takes care of me
Cos he loves me
Piece by piece he restored my faith
That a man can be kind and a father could… stay
And all of your words, they fall flat
I made something of myself and now you wanna come back
But your love—it isn’t free, it has to be earned
Back then I didn’t have anything you needed so I was… worthless
But piece by piece he collected me…
Piece by piece
Piece by piece I fell far from the tree
I will never leave her like you left me
And she will never have to wonder her worth
Because unlike you I’m going to put her first
And you know
He’ll never walk away
He’ll never break her heart
He’ll take care of things
He’ll love her
And piece by piece he’ll restore my faith
That a man can be kind and a father should be great
Piece by piece

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