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An Upbeat Country Song for a Wedding

The song, Once in a Lifetime, released in August of 2006, carries extra special meaning for Keith Urban: In an article by Taste of Country in June of 2014, you can read the personal details expressed by Keith Urban at a concert of how the song came to be.

It’s a story that many of us who have taken that leap of faith into marriage relate to. Knowing that Nicole was a bit weak-kneed about their forthcoming wedding, Keith’s words of reassurance were not only spoken but also gifted in this country song called ‘Once in a Lifetime.’

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If you’re looking for a song that speaks about a unique love you’ve been lucky to find, a love that many people search a lifetime for, then be sure to listen to this upbeat country song for a wedding called Once in a Lifetime, by Keith Urban

Understatement ahead…’ Marriage is a huge commitment and a ton of work.’

Entering into a commitment where the words’ till death do you part are vowed is as serious as a Bull in a china shop. Both Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman understood that before faithfully taking the plunge.

I dedicated the song ‘Getting Better’ to mark some of my husband’s life milestones in a piece I call  29 Years of Marriage and Tim McGraw. In our life together, we’ve traveled every road thinkable, some bumpy and a few paved, but one thing is certain: the ‘ole standard cliches known as ‘growth’ and ‘change’ have become a part of our family. I’m not going to sugarcoat 30 years of marriage; sometimes, it’s like a glorious dance on a billowing white cloud and other times, it’s like riding a coaster going 100 miles an hour without a seatbelt or vomit bag. Just keepin’ it real.

The Five Stages of Marriage – Get Ready!

Many years ago, while listening to  the John Tesh Radio Show, I remember hearing a humorous but engaging analysis of the 5 Stages of Marriage according to Dr. Carol Lindquist, author of Happily Married with Kids – Here’s a summary of them:

  1. The Honeymoon Phase: Couples are still living a fantasy love affair and are generally overlooking each other’s differences
  2. The Who the Heck Have I Married Phase: Apparently, this is the most challenging phase. You focus on your partner’s flaws and try to ‘fix’ each other. (I think it took me a long time to get out of this phase!)
  3. The Who Am I and Who Do I Want to Be Phase: You start to look within to see what you can do to improve the marriage. You stop looking to change your partner to achieve that result.
  4. The Friends and Truce Stage: You’ve come a long way to understanding each other and your differences. You accept each other for who you are and accept those differences. You’ve grown, and you have a good friendship.
  5. The Bliss Phase: You feel blessed that your partner loves you and accepts you for who you are. You’ve become intimate on an intense level, and you can’t imagine your life with anyone else. Each day you wake up, you think, ‘how can I make his or her day better.’

The Lyrics to Once in Lifetime speak about Love as well as Acknowledge the Leap of Faith it takes to Take Your Marriage Vow and Commit yourself to Someone Else

And don’t fear it now,

We’re going all the way.

That sun is shining on a brand new day.

It’s a long way down

And it’s a leap of faith

But we’re never giving up

Cuz i know we’ve got a once in a lifetime love

I close my eyes and i see you standing right there

Sayin ‘I do’ and they’re throwing the rice in our hair 

Well the first one’s born

And a brother comes along

And he’s got your smile 

I’ve been looking back on the life we had

I’m still by your side

Suppose you’re looking for a song to celebrate an engagement or kick it up on the dance floor on your wedding day. In that case, understanding what it means to commit to another person for life is expressed in the lyrics. The optimistic, jubilant music makes the country song Once in a Lifetime a winning combination. If, after hearing the song, you still need to search for ‘just the right country wedding song,’ here are some additional suggestions:

  • A growing list of emotion-reviewed country music love songs can be found here
  • Don’t miss the emotional review of Then by Brad Paisley, the perfect slow dance love song
  • Here’s a one-stop-shop with several additional Country Music Wedding Songs
  • You’re a Keith Urban fan and want to listen to a Playlist of his Songs Online!

More About Once in a Lifetime by Keith Urban

You’ll find ‘Once in a Lifetime’ on Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing album. The song was co-written by Keith Urban and John Shanks and released in August 2006. The song broke the record for the highest-debuting song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in history, entering the chart at number 17.

Fans of Keith Urban can find more on their Website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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  1. Lovely words for a special wedding day. I know I had all 5 stages of marriage in the 45 years Bob & I shared and I wouldn’t trade a day of it, even the not-perfect days! It was definitely a ‘once in a lifetime’ love. And my daughter & son-in-law, having just celebrated their 20th anniversary, have the same thing. It’s a special kind of love to share.

  2. Well said Pat, it’s the ups and downs and the getting through it all together that really speak about the love people share. <3

  3. dawn rae says:

    I love Keith Urban. And I really like that wall decal you chose. I like that a lot. I’ve been thinking of getting a wall decal for awhile. It’s hard to choose just one. I really like that one above the photos.

  4. He’s such a cool guy isn’t he Dawn! I know what you mean about the wall decal to use to feature a family display of photos – I have a blank wall waiting to put an array of family photos on it – just not sure how I want to lay it out yet – I’ve been looking at the ones that are actually a tree with a photo framed that can be featured on each branch as well

  5. Cynthia says:

    It is a really awesome song! Those of us who have been blessed with a “Once in a Lifetime Love” realize just how very rare that is when we look around us. I think it makes us hold on a little tighter and stay focused on being together. It is work. It doesn’t just happen because you love someone. It takes commitment that is stronger than feelings, and feelings that are stronger than commitment. That probably sounds funny to some, but the reality is when one isn’t working, the other one is. I never really thought about the stages of marriage, but I think the list above is right on.

  6. Well said Cynthia. That’s a good way to put it. Another I remember hearing ages ago was that marriage is never 50/50, sometimes one is working harder than the other, then it switches the other way – that made sense to me as well – I think understanding that it’s not always 50/50 helped our marriage in some way. Thanks for the another visit here my friend.

  7. Heather says:

    I must be very blessed because after 10 years I still feel we’re in the honeymoon phase.

  8. Heather, lol, that’s wonderful!

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