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 can relate to. Knowing that Nicole was a bit week 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 give a 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’. I speak from experience, as this year my husband and I will be celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Yep, our song has already been selected, although I won’t reveal it yet…look for the article on our milestone, when in a few months I’ll announce our song choice!
Entering into a commitment where the words ’til death do you part’ are vowed, is as serious as a Bull in a china shop, and it appears both Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman understood that prior to their faithfully taking the plunge.
In my own personal effort to keep it real, I dedicated the song ‘Getting Better’ to mark some of my husband’s personal life milestones, in a piece I call 29 Years of Marriage and Tim McGraw. In our lifetime together we’ve travelled every road thinkable; some bumpy and a few paved, but one thing is for certain, the ‘ole standard cliches known as ‘growth’ and ‘change’ have become a part of our family. I’m not going to sugar coat 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 interesting analysis of the 5 Stages of Marriage according to Dr. Carol Lindquist, author of Happily Married with Kids – Here’s a summary of them:
- The Honeymoon Phase: Couples are still living a fantasy love affair and are generally overlooking each other’s differences
- The Who the Heck Have I Married Phase: Apparently this is the toughest phase. You start to 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!)
- The Who Am I and Who Do I Want to Be Phase: You start to look within to see what you can do to make the marriage better. You stop looking to change your partner to achieve that result.
- 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 you also accept those differences. You’ve grown, and you have a good friendship.
- The Bliss Phase: You feel blessed that your partner loves you and accepts you for who you are. You’ve become intimate on a very deep 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
If you’re looking for a song to celebrate an engagement or to kick-it-up on the dance floor on your wedding day, then the understanding of what it means to commit to another person for life expressed in the lyrics as well as the optimistic jubilant music, make 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’s some additional suggestions:
- A growing list of emotion-reviewed country music love songs can be found here
- Don’t miss the emotion-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 you just 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 album, ‘Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing. The song was co-written by Keith Urban and John Shanks and released in August of 2006. At that time the song broke the record for the highest-debuting song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in history, entering the chart at number 17.
Here’s the full album, ‘Love, Pain, & The Whole Crazy Things’ on iTunes:
|Stupid Boy||Lyric Video|
|I Told You So||Lyric Video|
|I Can't Stop Loving You||Video|
|Got it Right This Time|
(Good Wedding Song)
|Won't Let You Down||Lyric Video|
|God Made Woman||Video|
|Used to the Pain||Live Video|
|Raise the Barn||Lyric Video|
|Faster Car||Lyric Video|
|Once in a Lifetime Love||Official Video|
‘The All-Keith-Urban Playlist’