Eric Church – Kill a Word

I’ve got this theory. The theory is that there are two types of people in this world: music people and lyric people.

The lyric people, they tend to be more analytical in nature, pouring over every line to determine the true meaning behind a song, behind a moment and behind life. They interpret the hell out of everything that they do and all that happens to them.

Then there’s the music people. These are the people in this world who couldn’t care less about the lyrics, they simply like the song if it’s got a good beat to it, or if it’s music that matches their mood. They ‘go-with-the-flow’ and are more easily able to let things go when they need to.

Sometimes I think it might be easier to be a music person rather than a lyric person. But, since I’m obviously not, I’ll just say this… sometimes things have a way of finding you exactly when they need to. And for me, this often happens through song lyrics.

Here’s a song that’s meant a lot to me over the past couple of years, especially so on a day like today.

If I could kill a word and watch it die
I’d poison never, shoot goodbye
Beat regret when I felt I had the nerve
Yeah, I’d pound fear to a pile of sand
Choke lonely out with my bare hands
I’d hang hate so that it can’t be heard
If I could only kill a word

I’d take brokenness out back
And break heartbreak, stand there and laugh
Right in its face while shootin’ it the bird
I’d put upset down in its place
I’d squeeze the life out of disgrace
Lay over under six cold feet of dirt
If I could only kill a word

Give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
‘Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if were up to me to change
I’d turn lies and hate to love and truth
If I could only kill a word

I’d knock out temptation’s teeth
I’d sever evil, let it bleed
Then light up wicked, stand and watch it burn
I’d take vice and I’d take vile
And tie ’em up there with hostile
Hang ’em high and leave ’em for the birds
If I could only kill a word

So give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
‘Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if were up to me to change
I’d turn lies and hate to love and truth
If I could only kill a word
If I could only kill a word

4 thoughts on “Eric Church – Kill a Word

  1. I’m definitely a music person. Can’t memorize lyrics to save my life, yet I can rhyme a poem or two 💁‍♀️I’ve written parodies for school assignments (For some reason, Ariana Grande is the artist I used for all of these assignments because her lyrics are so dull, and dull, bland lyrics are great for parodies). I’ve even debated whether or not to post my parodies on WordPress in case it breaches school policies and whatnot….

    There’s so many ways to interpret lyrics which is probably why I tend to tune them out and listen to the beats and harmonies/melodies instead. I’m not sure if I’m familiar with the lyrics you shared (another sign I can’t distinguish song lyrics 😂) but if you were to play the melody of the song, I could tell you whether or not I’ve heard it before. This might explain why I prefer to listen mostly to soundtracks and instrumental music. Definitely agree with you that there are two different kinds of people in this world. 🎶🎵

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  2. Oh yes my dear : we should and we can fill ourselves so much with love and truth that there is no room for hate 🤗🤗
    To be able to write or compose or sing … all are qualities of the soul 💕

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