The Sweetest Words

from Bees and Bees and Bees by Brandi Ediss

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I had such big plans for me, just like Emily
I'd leave my small town and I'd move to the big city
And it would be a victory, a victory for me
'Cause I thought I could change my whole life with the scenery

So I got in my car, drove halfway cross the country
I brought my best friend but I lost her along the way
As we slid in the blizzard, the snow on the highway
I didn't believe her when she said I was doing okay

I'd done everything right, so I thought, 'til that night
I'd made all of my plans, I was cautious
But we'd argue and fight all in silence
My mind replaced all of my winnings with losses

'Cause the sweetest words, they ricochet
But the cruelest thoughts sink down all the way
Oh the sweetest words, they ricochet
But the cruelest thoughts sink down all the way

So I started my job, it was just temporary
While I crested the hill I'd been on for some time
And I worked and I tried and I cared and I waited
The more that I did, the more I started falling behind

And I thought of my family back home, they don't visit
But I talk to them every few days on the phone
And sometimes I pretend that there's more, but there isn't
They have no idea how much time I've been spending alone

And I guess that I do some things well, I can't tell
But some people, they smile when they see 'em
If they say a kind word, it goes almost unheard
'Cause I just can't make myself believe them

'Cause the sweetest words, they ricochet
But the cruelest thoughts sink down all the way
Oh the sweetest words, they ricochet
But the cruelest thoughts sink down all the way

And the friends that I made, I had started avoiding
And I just got bigger while my life stayed small
It's been so many years since the snow on the highway
But when I look at my life, it seems no time has passed by at all

I'd done everything right all the days of my life
But got in my own way and stayed cautious
And I argue and fight with myself, 'cause my mind
Replaced all of my winnings with losses

'Cause the sweetest words, they ricochet
But the cruelest thoughts sink down all the way
Oh the sweetest words, they ricochet
But the cruelest thoughts sink down all the way

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from Bees and Bees and Bees, released May 1, 2020
Brandi Ediss: lead vocal, acoustic guitar, music box

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Brandi Ediss Northampton, Massachusetts

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