"Flutter Girl" as written by Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider and Chris Cornell....
I'm drinking dust
With eyes of rust
Tonight my tears might stain your wings
So flutter home
"Cause you're better off alone than with me

So hide your face
And tie your lace
And butterflies across your cheek
Forget how soon you become a fool for words when i speak

Flutter Girl you don't want to know what i live
You don't want to take what I give
'Cause I give nothing for free

My hands are rough
My fingers cold
And your heart so young and so naive to ever feel for a
That I might dare to believe

I'll tear your wings as I melt in your smile as I run all your
colors away

Flutter Girl you don't want to know what I live
You don't want to take what I give
'Cause I give nothing for free

Lyrics submitted by mattsaunders

"Flutter Girl" as written by Natasha Shneider Alain Johannes

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    General CommentI love and relate to this song so much. I think its about a young girl who completley falls in love with a guy that's way over her head and not good enough for her. He sees her as this butterfly that needs to fly from him. This song is like a warning to the girl to let him go and move on to bigger and better things. because he will always ruin her if she stays. Any girl thats dated a musician knows how true this song can ring!
    butterflylove82on September 23, 2002   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is a deep depression song, which is a part of a sad and negative album.
    It sounds like chris cornell simulates himself as a drug dealer who accidantally ran into a beautiful shining and colorful girl, and though he wants her, he bumps into his low self-esteem barrier.
    He's also demonstrating what He feels that SHE IS for him : a high class girl who's so innocent and perfect from the inside and the outside as one. Any relationship with him could only scratch her pink bubble and turn her to someone like him, like he is contagous. He's living kind of a spartan life, and when someone so pure and clean as this flutter girl enters to his life, he's naturally pushes her away cause he doesn't believe that there's anything good witing for him in this world.
    When he says "You don't wanna take what I give, Cause I give nothing for free", I think he's acctualy trying to say that he has drugs but he won't let her use them, not for free, as the price she has to pay for the drugs is her pureness, and he won't let it happen because in gis eyes she is way more worthy living than him, she's a couple steps ahead of him in the ladder of life. Let him drown safely and continue your life, live and let die.
    nati1271on September 03, 2010   Link
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    General Commentit would be so great if men could just be that honest!! when they are about to break ur heart!!
    ...i think..i mean..i honestly belive..that if ure not able to know urself..to believe in urself..to know what u need and what u dont, ure not able to be with someone else..cuz u havent deal with ur own unsatisfied-unkown self and needs..
    u cant give to others..what u cant even give to ur own self..thats just a thought..not saying the song its saying that..what says..its clear and plain "im no good so leave before i break u for good"

    isobelon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both of ya. But I also think it could be about young girls getting involved with older men. Just the part of them living/knowing certain things better, expecting more, and just the whole

    My hands are rough
    My fingers cold
    and your heart
    so young and so naive
    to ever feel
    for a moment that I might let you believe

    I don't know...when I heard that, the hands being rough and cold make it sound like him being older, and the "your heart so young and naive..." being that young girls have very tender hearts, they haven't been hurt so much or know what to expect. Then the "You'll become a fool for the words I speak" in the beginning being the fact older guys can talk a young girl who doesn't know into anything...idk, my interp.
    oneiros lykoson June 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't take it as definately older man, younger woman situation. I see it more as a relationship where the man feels he is just trouble and can't see why the other person is so in love with him. They're better off without him. Naive in love, experience, not a cynic but possibly not age.
    Broken_Gifton October 05, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionI wouldn't take "My hands are rough, My fingers cold" that litteral, Chris Cornell uses way to much metaphores for such a sentence to be litteral. (Well, at least I guess)
    Asgardianon August 16, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationBased on my experience, this song is about a guy who views himself so lowly in comparison to the woman he loves that he believes she would have a better life if she did not love him anymore. So he pushes her away in order to save her from destruction. He hates himself and doesn't find himself worthy of her pure love. He's putting her on a pedestal and feels undeserving. He is depressed.
    AquariuSaraon November 28, 2014   Link

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