April 1.2015 – The Story Behind “Leave The Pieces” by The Wreckers


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“Leave the Pieces” is a song written by Jennifer Hanson and Billy Austin, and recorded by The Wreckers for their debut album Stand Still, Look Pretty for which it served as lead single with a February 7, 2006 release.

The single entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 68,:[1] peaking att number 34 on the Hot 100, “Leave the Pieces” rose as high as number 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, the first track by a first-time charting duo to top the Billboard country music chart since 1991, and the first by a female duo since 1953. (The Wreckers had previously appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’m Feeling You” a collaborative single with Santana).

Michelle Branch said of the song’s success, “To see our hard work in getting this project off the ground result in my first number-one as an artist could not be more meaningful”, while Jessica Harp said “It’s an amazing feeling to have our debut single go number one, especially getting to share it with my dear friend. The fact that we’ve achieved such success is something I can’t even comprehend yet. I just know that the stars have aligned, and it feels good to be a Wrecker.”[3] (“Leave the Pieces” was not actually the Wreckers’ debut single: apart from their Santana collaboration “I’m Feeling You” in 2005 the Wreckers had that year had a single release with “The Good Kind” which had bubbled under the Hot 100 with a number 115 peak.)

“Leave the Pieces” was used in the episode “Homecoming and Coming Home” of Hart of Dixie.[4] On April 3, 2012, Michelle Branch performed “Leave the Pieces” in LA with Kelly Clarkson as part of Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ tour. The song has sold 1,034,000 copies as of April 2013

“Leave The Pieces” reached number one on the charts the weeks of September 9th and 16th in 2006.

In December 2006, The Wreckers were nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “Leave the Pieces.”


You’re not sure that you love me

But you’re not sure enough to let me go

Baby it ain’t fair you know

To just keep me hangin’ ’round

You say you don’t wanna hurt me

Don’t want to see my tears

So why are you still standing here

Just watching me drown


And it’s alright, yeah I’ll be fine

Don’t worry ’bout this heart of mine

Just take your love and hit the road

There’s nothing you can do or say

You’re gonna break my heart anyway

So just leave the pieces when you go

You can drag out the heartache

Baby you can make it quick

Really get it over with

And just let me move on

Don’t concern yourself

With this mess you’ve left for me

I can clean it up, you see

Just as long as you’re gone


You not making up your mind

Is killing me and wasting time

I need so much more than that

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Leave the pieces when you go

Oh, yeah

Leave the pieces when you go

yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Leave the pieces when you go

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