"The Crow And The Butterfly" as written by Brent Smith and Dave Bassett....
I painted your room at midnight
So I'd know yesterday was over
I put all your books on the top shelf
Even the one with the four leaf clover
Man I'm getting older

I took all your pictures off the wall
And I wrapped them in a newspaper blanket
And I haven't slept in what seems like a century
And now I can barely breathe

[Chorus]
Just like the crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
Cause when you and I were gettin' high as outer space
I never thought you would slip away
I guess I was just a little too late

Your words still serenade me
And your lullaby's, they won't let me sleep
And I've never heard such a haunting melody
Oh it's killing me
You know I can barely breathe

[Chorus: Repeat x3]

I was just a little too late
I was just a little too, little too late


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"The Crow & the Butterfly" as written by Brent Smith, Dave Bassett

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    General CommentLast night Shinedown was on Rockline, and someone called in and asked what this song meant, or what inspired it. Brent then went on to say that while they were in the process of writing the new album, he had a dream. He said his dream was very vague, but it was about a mother and her child, and the child passes away. The song is about the mother dealing with the death of her son and trying to move on.
    ShineOnon September 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is by far my favorite song on their new album
    zberryon June 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentcrow chasing the butterfly=
    "death chasing life"
    lcleonard09on October 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is totally amazing.. it's about the loss of someone who's so special to you.. reminds me of my cousin.. I was waiting for him to finish his studies so we can hang out together like we used to do.. but, guess i was too late.. I'll always remember him

    Brent mentioned this song yesterday in their LIVE CHAT!! that i was so lucky to be part of =)
    Here's the link: ustream.tv/recorded/…

    I so totally Heart you Shinedown!!
    AngelinDisguiseon June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song seems to be about a guy losing a girl that he loved very dearly, but I think it was probably due to a drug overdose.

    When you and I were getting high as outer space = doing some serious drugs

    I never thought you'd slip away = they were having so much fun an overdose was the last thing on his mind

    I guess I was just a little too late = He probably realized something was wrong at some point during the night but she was already in mortal danger and even though he called 911 and had her rushed to the hospital it was already too late to do anything
    rtheomon May 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI deffinetly feel like it's about a mother and a child. Its almost like the mother lost the child, and then committed suicide because of it. I love the imagery of the clumsy flight path of the butterfly, that flys ever so slowly, while the much bigger, faster crow chases it. The butterfly symbolizing the childs life, and the crow, its death. However, with most things I dont believe that lyrics are written to have a secret meaning in them, its like thay are written just because, and we read into them after to find meaning.
    smditsnikkion August 16, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI saw Shinedown live at The Egg on monday, in which Brent further explained the origins of this dream. He said he had a dream one day of a mother in a large open field, swinging alone on a swingset. He eventually realized that this woman was a mother, who lost her son. He said that while everyone views the mother as the crow and child as the butterfly, he views it the other way around. He says he looks at it as the mother is the butterfly, trying to move on in life and start again... but is being stopped by her memory of her son, the butterfly.
    ProfWon November 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentUm, this song is about someone's daughter leaving for college.
    "I painted your room at midnight,
    So I'd know yesterday was over.
    I put all your books on the top shelf,
    Even the one with the four-leaf clover.
    Man I'm getting older."
    His daughter left, he changed her room into a different one to forget about her.
    The four-leaf clover book was her favorite book as a child.
    He's getting older because his daughter is and moved out.

    And the second verse is about a song she used to sing as a child.
    Nothing about romance..
    oddone68011on March 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe crow is death(the memory of the mothers dead son)
    butterfly is the mother trying to escape the painful memory of her dead son
    saffronscurse87on August 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI really agree this is pretty open to interpretation. I don't know if it's just coming from a typical "daddy's princess" background, being his only child and not my mother's, I feel more like it's about the loss of a daughter to a loving father. Not necessarily meaning death or anything tragic but just like growing up, moving off, starting a life on their own and not being around anymore. I know it's a pretty heart wrenching process on the child's part to be too far and/or too busy to see close family without a holiday or family dinner involved so I can only imagine what it's like for a parent who's had no other real focus for more than a decade.
    CrazyCasey1126on May 09, 2012   Link

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