Lyrics often serve as a storyteller’s tool, narrating tales of love, heartbreak, and the intricacies of human relationships. Drew Ryder Smith’s evocative song, “Exes,” is no exception, as it delves into the emotions and experiences of a past romance with honesty and vulnerability.
The opening lines of the song, “You only call me when you’ve been drinking, or in the middle of the night,” set the stage for a narrative that’s all too relatable for many. The song captures the familiar scenario of being the late-night phone call or the emotional anchor someone reaches out to during vulnerable moments.
The chorus of “Exes” reflects on the fleeting nature of love. The lines, “Oooh we had it all for a little while baby, Oooh yeah, a betting man would’ve bet his land,” resonate with the idea that, for a brief period, the love felt invincible, as if it were destined to last forever. However, as life often teaches us, love can be unpredictable, and the lyrics acknowledge that what was once meant to be may eventually become a memory.
The bridge of the song returns to the theme of breaking up and the emotional aftermath. It highlights the struggle of accepting that, despite the pain and the heartache, sometimes it’s better to part ways.
“Exes” speaks to the universal experience of nostalgia and longing for a love that once was. The song encapsulates the idea that no matter how much time passes, the memories of a past relationship can continue to resurface.
As the song reaches its poignant conclusion, the emotional depth is palpable. The repeated phrase “I don’t wanna be” in the outro expresses the desire to move forward and let go of the past, while acknowledging the lingering feelings.
Drew Ryder Smith’s “Exes” is a soulful and honest depiction of love and loss, and it resonates with anyone who has grappled with the complexities of moving on from a past relationship. Through its heartfelt lyrics and emotional delivery, the song captures the essence of the human experience, where love, pain, and nostalgia often intertwine in unexpected ways.
Listen to Drew Ryder Smith’s “Exes” here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QArHZt_u49I?si=RJm4IVpcCOZ_MIdI
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