Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece

Just a couple of days ago, I wrote an article called Did Your Parents Relationship(s) Influence Your Own? It was an inspirational post about how much our parents shaped and influenced our own ideas of what a relationship should be like. I don’t know the vast majority of my readers personally, but I wanted you all to think about it. Have you ever thought about how powerful your parents interactions with each other influenced each of the decisions you make in your life? And not only how you treat each other, but how you also treat those around you, including your kids.

None of us are perfect. I’m not – you’re not – but most of us try our best! We don’t wake up in the morning wanting to be a bitch or wanting to hurt those around us. Sometimes in the heat of the moment we say things unintentionally and hurt the ones we love. Frustration, tiredness, stress….occasionally things boil over and we lose our grip on what is important. But I tell you what, I try my hardest not to crack under pressure, and when I do, I apologise. I also try to learn from my mistakes, and not repeat those behaviours.

We are always learning what is right from wrong, but very – very rarely we come across a person who unfortunately, does not care if they hurt you. Most people in the world are caring loving people, a very small percentage are not. But we hear, we talk, we learn what is right and what is wrong. If you did grow up with a bad parents, and I will say this – I didn’t, but if you did – you don’t have to walk in their footsteps. We have choices, each and everyday. To be a better person, to be a kind human being.

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Kelly Clarkson wrote a song called Piece by Piece. I don’t know if you have heard it, but it is a very powerful, very emotionally driven song. In Kelly’s interview with Glamour Magazine, Kelly explained what the song was about – “I had [my daughter] River, and even from holding her the first day, I was like, how could anyone walk away from that? Then I started thinking that my husband [Brandon Blackstock] is such a great father. He changes diapers, he stays up, and if I’ve had a late night, he’ll wake up with her in the morning. We’re definite partners, and I felt so lucky”.

“I was talking to my sister on the phone about how sometimes girls with daddy issues don’t find men like that! You find men who are all you knew, and I just feel so lucky. Maybe it’s because I waited and worked through my 20s. It’s a positive song, even though I know it sounds sad. I don’t know what my father went through as a child, and I don’t know why he left and made the decisions he made, but everyone’s human. I don’t understand it for me, but I understand the depth of what that is—having a child—now, and he’s made me want to be that much more present in my family” – Kelly Clarkson.

The lyrics are very powerful – about the power of one man (her husband) helping her to put all the pieces of her heart back together – piece by piece.

Grab a box of tissues, watch the clip, and give your loved ones a great big hug. Share this article with your friends and family, and help to share the word. Your parents influence on your own life may have been good, or it may not have been so good. But we never stop learning, so try to be the best you can. Love with everything you have, because we only get one chance at this thing called life. Try to make the best decisions, and never take your friends and family for granted. We don’t know when our time is up. Live, love and learn – today, tomorrow and for the rest of our lives.

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Kelly and husband Brandon


Piece By Piece – Lyrics by Kelly Clarkson

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, yeah
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
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 fall flat
I made something of myself and now you want to 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
Up off the ground, where you abandoned things, yeah
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
He loves me
Piece by piece, he restored my faith
That a man can be kind and a father could… stay

Piece by piece [x6]

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 [x3]

4 Comments
  1. What an amazing article. I watched Kelly Clarkson’s performance on American Idol and you encapsulated the emotions and the meanings of her song so well. I will re visit your blog, I am amazed I had never heard of it before. Thank you.

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