Piece by Piece

Album: Piece by Piece (2015)
Charted: 27
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  • 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
    I 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
    Piece by piece he filled the holes that you burned in me
    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 restores my faith
    That a man can be kind and the father could, stay

    And all of your words 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 up
    Off the ground, where you abandoned things
    Piece by piece he filled the holes that you burned in me
    Six years old and you know
    He never walks away
    He never asks for money
    He takes care of me
    'Cause he loves me
    Piece by piece, he restored my faith
    That a man can be kind and a father could, stay

    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
    Piece by piece, he restored my faith
    That a man can be kind and the father should be great

    Piece by piece
    Piece by piece

Comments: 1

  • Holly from SeattleWhen I first heard this song it hit me like a ton of bricks. My parents divorced when I was 3 years old, and the few times I saw my father, he was angry and abusive during the times I would visit him. Eventually, around the age of 4, he stopped the visits completely and I saw him maybe 5 times in random passing the remainder of my childhood. The abandonment afterwards was probably the worst part. I remember feeling unworthy and punished like I was not good enough to be loved by him. "..and all of your words they 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.." Now I'm happily married to a good man who is a wonderful father to our daughter. I'm so thankful my daughter has a loving and doting father. I still grieve my own childhood, it makes me very sad for my father that he could not be that way with me. It is something I will never understand. Thank you Kelly Clarkson, for writing such heartfelt, honest, and raw lyrics that speak volumes to those of us who experienced a fatherless childhood.
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