You would have kept those words on your tongue
If you had known the hurt they had done
While your fists stayed right
Right by your side
Your words, they bruise me deep inside

I'd rather have sticks and stones
And broken bones
Then the words you say to me
Cause I know bruises heal
And cuts will seal
But your words beat the life out of me

Sometimes your words are thick as lead
You swing them strong upside my head
What hasn't killed has made me strong
So I'll take my scars and move along

I'd rather have sticks and stones
And broken bones
Then the words you say to me
Cause I know bruises heal
And cuts will seal
But your words beat the life out of me

Goodbye is the best way that I know
To forgive and still be letting go

I'd rather have sticks and stones
And broken bones
Then the words you say to me
Cause I know bruises heal
And cuts will seal
But your words beat the life out of me


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    General CommentGreat song - it seems to either be ironic or a whole oxymoron, especially ending with 'your words beat the life from me' - it seems to be optimistic, i guess this reflects moving on, looking forward, away from a relationship... but I'm not so sure - like there must be something else to this song. I wonder what he was thinking of when he wrote it?
    ubersheepon April 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song. is great.
    i always thought peewee herman was a liar with the line "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"
    sticks and stones are way less painful.
    because healing physically is a lot easier than emotionally.
    i love that he's so right .
    krisincoloron September 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlife and death are in the tongue....nothing hurts more than degrading and harmful words from someone you love let alone someone you barely know....
    mindraceron March 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that the last line of the chorus was "Let your words be the life of me.". Either way, it's a great song, and it's true that someone's words can hurt much more than a physical blow. The effects can last longer.
    MrBaldie23on October 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDave Barnes is a fairly outspoken Christian, playing at many churches, etc. Therefore, many of his songs have some "hidden" messages about his faith. Sticks and Stones is probably one of these songs. A pretty strong theme of Christianity is to die to yourself and give yourself to the Lord. God does not "beat" this idea into someone physically, but speaks, using words, which usually hurts. I feel that this song is about the turmoil of dying to oneself. I would rather have sticks and stones and broken bones than to have your words beat the life out of me. But goodbye (to himself) is the best way that I know to forgive and still let go. This may be why this song seems "optimistic". It is a good thing to die to oneself for the Lord.
    rb01788on March 31, 2009   Link

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