Piece By Piece

Kelly Clarkson

About Piece By Piece

"Piece by Piece" is a song by American singer Kelly Clarkson taken from her seventh studio album of the same name. She co-wrote the track with its producer Greg Kurstin. A midtempo pop song about restoring someone's faith in love and family relationships, Clarkson promulgated "Piece by Piece" as a sequel to the song "Because of You" (2004) but with a "happy ending". After a discussion with her sister about their family life, she introspectively co-wrote the song in a first-person narrative to her father, whose neglect of his family was used as a juxtaposition to her husband's unconditional love for her and their daughter, whom they both promised to never abandon. "Piece by Piece" was first released as the second promotional single from Piece by Piece by RCA Records on February 24, 2015. Upon its release, the title track received praise from music critics, who commended its lyrical content as one of the album's highlights. Clarkson premiered the song in a live acoustic performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has showcased it on the set list of the Piece by Piece Tour. A re-worked version of the track was released to American hot adult contemporary radio stations on November 9, 2015, as the third and final single from the album. On February 25, 2016, Clarkson performed "Piece by Piece" in a live presentation on the fifteenth season of American Idol. The successful commercial and critical response of her performance on the program led RCA to issue an "Idol version" of the track on February 29, 2016. 


Year:
2015
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And all I remember is your back
Walking towards the airport, leaving us all in your past
I travelled 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
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 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 and
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
Piece by piece

Piece by piece
Piece by piece
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
Piece by piece

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Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982) is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. Born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas, Clarkson came into prominence after becoming the winner of the inaugural season of the television series American Idol in 2002 and later becoming the runner-up in the television special World Idol in 2003. more »

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Written by: Gregory Kurstin, Kelly Clarkson

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11 facts about this song

Song Creation
"Piece by Piece" was written by Kelly Clarkson and Greg Kurstin. Clarkson conveyed her deep personal experiences in the lyricism, while Kurstin contributed to the production and songwriting.
Album Release
The song is part of Clarkson's seventh studio album, also titled "Piece by Piece", which was released in 2015.
Chart Performance
"Piece by Piece" reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, peaking at number 8.
Song Inspiration
The song was inspired by Clarkson's strained relationship with her father, and her contrasting loving relationship with her husband, Brandon Blackstock.
Award-winning Performance
Following Clarkson's performance of "Piece by Piece" on the 15th season of American Idol, the song’s popularity increased significantly, leading it to win the "Best Pop Solo Performance" at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Certified Platinum
The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2016, marking over 1 million units sold.
Song Version
There are two versions of "Piece by Piece". One is the album version with more pop production, and the other is an emotionally charged stripped-down version that Clarkson performed on American Idol.
Lyrics
The lyrics of "Piece by Piece" have been widely praised for their heartrending honesty, vulnerability, and resilience, often leaving the audience emotional.
Music Video
It featured scenes with various women, alongside their children, celebrating the bond of parenity.
COVID Lockdown Performance
Clarkson performed the song again during the pandemic lockdown from her Montana home on her talk show "The Kelly Clarkson Show”, which once again evoked strong audience admiration and response.
Emotional Connection
Clarkson has mentioned numerous times that "Piece by Piece" is one of the most personal and emotional songs she has ever performed, to the point that she often cries while singing it.

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