"Butterfly" as written by Mariah Carey and Walter N. Afanasieff....
What am I?
I wish I was a butterfly I'd fly and fly
Until it was my time to die
It's creeping in again
I know what I really am
No more pretty, purple,
Peaceful butterfly

Simple life
If I were a butterfly
I'd fly and fly
Until it was my time to die
Its creeping in again
I know what I really am
No more pretty, purple,
Peaceful butterfly
Come see the blood that's in my bed
Come hear the things
That nobody talks about
Shut up you mouth
Shame on you shame on me

Look at me
I wish I was a honey bee
Anything, anything other than
The things I have been
I slip out of my skin
So I don't have to do it again
But just a passing thought
And your filth is seeping in

Come scrub my hands
They won't come clean
Come sit with me
While the walls press in on me
Shut off that light
Shame on you. shame on me.


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"Butterfly" as written by Jeff Morgan Jon Close

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., CONEXION MEDIA GROUP, INC.

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    General CommentThat wish to be able to fly away from the problems and all the things that have gone wrong is voiced here and indeed in the other songs, the feeling of wrong, of dirtiness.
    trillson May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIncest - see, nobody talks about it do they?
    macrobon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with macrob's comment- it definitely sounds like the thoughts of someone who was sexually abused. Feelings of dissociation (separating oneself from what is happening) are common during trauma. Also, the reference to a bloodstained bed is fairly self-explanatory.
    painsluton October 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI didn't even think about that, incest, but after listening to the song it does make sense.
    LimpNJenon January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a girl that lost her virginity and regrets it, or it's about a girl who was raped.
    charismafairchildon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't think she's talking about sexually abuse.. She lost her virginity and now regrets it.
    Sonata Arcticaon February 22, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationIncest? Macrob, you crazy, the song isn't even about human beings per se.

    I'm with charismafairchild and Sonata Arctica, the song could be a traumatic outpouring of feelings of lost virginity or sexual abuse.

    OR it could be about menarche, and a girl's trauma with the start of menses. Blood in her bed, feeling filthy, feeling unpretty… all in the context of butterflies and honey bees, constructs little girls understand… “the things nobody talks about” being the basic information about sexuality that adults often try to hide from children and the confusion and distress that can go hand in hand with that…

    tuxroseon May 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about incest.

    -I wish I was a butterfly. I'd fly and fly until it was my time to die.-

    This is your classic need for escape, wanting to break away from the pain.

    -It's creeping in again, I know what I really am.-

    She's filled with quite a bit of rage, feels much like a monster.

    -Simple life if I were a butterfly.-

    She's thinking if she were a butterfly, she would have never been abused. Like a lot of victims, they have this thought that if they were handed a different life, the abuse wouldn't have happened.

    -Come see the blood that's in my bed. Come hear the things that nobody talks about.
    Shut up you mouth. Shame on you Shame on me.-

    That right there says quite a bit. She's talking about blood in her bed, things that happened there that should never be talked about. I think that's something her mother said or at least made her feel. And like it says...shut your mouth, her mother is telling her to keep quiet.

    Yep, let's add the shame while we're at it because you'll see that a lot in victims as well. Shame on you, shame on me-she's basically telling her mother, shame on you for allowing this to happen. Shame on me too for allowing this to happen.

    -Look at me, I wish I was a honey bee. Anything, anything other than the things I have been.
    I slip out of my skin so I don't have to do it again, but just a passing thought, and your filth is seeping in-

    She wants to be anything but what she is, which is a victim. She slips out of her skin, which means she escapes as the abuse happens. So I don't have to do it again...there she's telling you that she's escaping so that she doesn't have to face the current reality again, but then when she says just a passing thought and your filth is seeping in...she's brought back to reality rather quickly because sometimes escaping is quite impossible. When she says your filth, I think it's obvious what she's saying.

    -Come scrub my hands, they won't come clean.-

    That is her feeling guilty, as if it was her fault.
    DeborahJeanon January 28, 2011   Link

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