"Butterflies and Hurricanes" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
Change,
Everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called
Fights, battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Your hard times are ahead

Best,
You've got to be the best
You've got to change the world
And you use this chance to be heard
Your time is now

Change,
Everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called
Fights and battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Your hard times are ahead

Best,
You've got to be the best
You've got to change the world
And you use this chance to be heard
Your time is now

Don't,
Let yourself down
Don't let yourself go
Your last chance has arrived

Best,
You've got to be the best
You've got to change the world
And you use this chance to be heard
Your time is now


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"Butterflies and Hurricanes" as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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  • +11
    General CommentYou know the guitar before the piano? That is the Chaos. The Hurricanes. The piano beats out the guitar, right? The piano is Hope. The Butterflies. This is Muse's optimistic view on the matter. We must work together and bond so the world doesn't go down in flames. Put our races, culture, our differences aside or the guitar will win over the piano. Chaos over Hope. Hurricanes and Butterflies. Not Butterflies and Hurricanes. Know the difference. Live the difference.
    missymuseon December 30, 2010   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI think this song is more pessimistic than motivational. I think the "change everything you are" parts mean that the only way you can do well is if you change yourself. He says "you've got to be the best, you've got to change the world", which I think shows the pressure people are put under, of others or even themselves telling them they've got to be the best. It's like the narrator is taunting the person, or is their internal monologue, telling them they've got to change themself and they've got to be better, which suggests they're not good enough as they are.
    "Your time is now" and "your number has been called" could show how short life is and how everyone feels the need to "change the world" but they don't have enough time to do it. "Don't let yourself down, don't let yourself go", is saying that even though they have to change to be successful, they still have to be true to themself, which is a contradiction and shows how it's impossible to take everything on your shoulders and ry to change the world.
    I think this song is abou having such wild ambitions and putting yourself under so much pressure to rach unattainable goals.
    frostironon December 10, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSo Damn powerful, i listen and feel such an urgent sense of need. it inspires so much hope in me, that we're not all crazed killers or rapists or shameless advertisers, it gives me hope in the human race, and soon we'll change thing's.
    triptiensembleon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAh, yes. If only more bands could know how to read too. This band is part of a dying race.
    LoveMeMoreThanToaston May 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about taking action to be better, NOW. Whatever you need to change, CHANGE IT, even if it means changing everything you are. It also asks you to change who you were, dont let your past keep you from being who you can be. JUST CHANGE...break any chains. You've got to be the best version of you that you can dream of.

    The title Butterflies and Hurricanes refers to the famous quote "when a butterfly flaps its wings in one place, it can create a hurricane in another part of the world".

    Every action causes a reaction and that reaction causes another reaction. Each and everyone of us, can change. And maybe the one thing you change in your self, can start a chain of events that in the end changes the world and saves it. Maybe a small change you make in your life inspires someone to make a bigger change and so forth. One small change can have so many unplanned for repercussions and can make all the difference. Just such an inspiring idea full of hope and faith in each of us.. MUSE sing the whole song to YOU.

    Change everything your are
    Dont let yourself down
    You've got to change the world
    Your time is NOW.
    pauljaymqon September 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWould it be wrong to say that Matt is GOD?!? The piano interlude is one of the most breathtaking things that I've heard. He is so incredibly talented...GAH. It's so hott. I just love how they incorperate the classical piano into thier music. Georgous. Really. I go into a wierdo trippy trance when I listen to this song.
    RadioheadxxSlaveon March 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about achieving a grand personal goal. But it's kind of mocking it somehow... I don't know, it's just like when he sings "best, you've got to be the best, you've got to change the world" the music makes me feel like it's more about the anxiety of not being the best and telling yourself that you HAVE TO be the Best. "Your hard times are ahead" also has a lot of anxiety in it. Not to mention
    "Don't let yourself down
    Don't let yourself go
    Your last chance has arrived"
    It's scary thoughts. In some situations they're true.
    TheMysteriouson April 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with chaos theory thing. But, I don't know why, but I associate this song with a kind of heaven. Where angels or whatever you want to call it are about to be borned in this world. So, the lyrics would be like the last words you are going to receive of that place.

    Especially this part.

    "Change everything you are
    And everything you were
    Your number has been called

    Fights and battles have begun
    Revenge will surely come
    Your hard times are ahead"
    Tamanacoon September 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter like 2 years, still my guilty pleasure song!
    roohollah1on November 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a beautiful song. The piano part is amazing. The lyrics speak for themselves.
    21matchstickson May 01, 2004   Link

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