Is this your true world definition?
you cannot help, where help is not wanted!
You cannot escape from your reality
Give me more of your salvation

Hello? ...are you listening to me?
Hello? ...why don't you speak a word to me?

I tried to see you in my future
I tried to find you in my past

Let me feel your recognition
I can taste the way you look
I guess it was the right decision!
My thoughts are my bible, that's by what I live

You live your life between these worlds
Color twists around your body
You and I got lost in rainbows
Our dreams were never made to last



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Butterfly: Dance! song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is written from the singer to a subject "you." In order to understand the song, we have to figure out who "you" is. There are other indications, but the dead giveaway is in verse 3: "color twists around your body. / You and I got lost in rainbows." One of the major Biblical visions of God is found when Ezekiel is called to be a prophet. He sees God. Part of the description is this:

    Ezekiel 1:27b-28a NASB: "and there was a radiance around Him. As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance..."

    And then Diary of Dreams sings "color twists around your body. / You and I got lost in rainbows."

    Some people might think that there's no way that a band like Diary of Dreams could be singing about God, but gothic people are often deeply spiritual, and there's no reason that people who believe in God can't be gothic. My handle should indicate the statuses I ascribe to myself.

    Anyway, the explanation that the singer sings to God makes sense with the rest of the lyrics. The man sings "hello? Are you listening to me? / Hello? Why don't you speak a word to me?" These are questions many ask of God at some time or another. Christians and others often come to the conclusion that God is there, perhaps even speaking, but not with the same kinds of words that humans use on one another. Nonetheless, the speech is there. However, the questions are still asked of God, especially in crises of faith. I believe that the singer addresses God in such a crisis. If I am correct that the singer is singing to God in a crisis of faith then it certainly makes sense that he is trying to see God in his future, trying to find God in his past. He is trying to see evidence of God in the past so that he can have faith and hope in God for the future.

    From this standpoint, the rest of the song can start to make sense. God's "world definition" would be either what He created or what He wanted. Further down, in verse 2, after the absence of spoken words has been established in verse 1, the singer starts trying to perceive God with other senses. He wants to FEEL God's recognition, to TASTE the way God looks. He's trying to perceive God in SOME way.

    Unfortunately, this seems to be a crisis of faith that ends badly. The singer seems rebellious against God by the end. His Bible is his own thoughts, and he lives by them, rather than living by the actual Bible. He was lost in the rainbows with God, but "our" (his and God's) "dreams were never made to last." He is separating himself from God. Note that he hasn't renounced his belief in God. His appeals were not addressed in the way he wanted, but he seems convinced that his past relationship with God was real. However, apparently unwilling to abide the perceived lack of answer to his appeals for further experience of God, he seems at the end to choose not to follow God. The song is hardly final - a belief in God which he seems to maintain coupled with his obvious belief that God is good and life with the experience of God is good lays a strong framework for the possibility that he will return to God one day.
    Christiangothon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. Diary of Dreams' lyrics are a little complicated.. I don't think there's much of a story behind this particular song, but I love the depth of the lyrics, and "My thoughts are my bible, that's by what I live," is one of my favorite lyrics of all time. I would have worded it differently, personally, but it's still brilliant.
    Rain.on July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea what this song means, but i must say Diary of Dreams are Great.
    Vi10x_SSJ6on October 03, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionIndeed! Very good interpretation Christiangoth, in my opinion. At first I thought maybe it is not necessarily that he is rebellious, as one can also interpret the part: Our dreams were never made to last, as that his dream for this world is similar to that of God and that seeing what the world is turning out to be, both their dreams were not meant to last. But having had a look at the lyrics again, I think you could be right.
    I am interested to know your thoughts on the title of the song: Butterfly: Dance!...what do you think this mean or why did he choose this as the title? I am just interested as I cannot quite figure it out. :)
    Seelenstaubon July 08, 2010   Link

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