"Butterfly" as written by Mariah Carey and Walter N. Afanasieff....
When you love someone so deeply
They become your life
It's easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside
Blindly I imagined I could
Keep you under glass
Now I understand to hold you
I must open up my hands
And watch you rise

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly, oh
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

I have learned that beauty
Has to flourish in the light
Wild horses run unbridled
Or their spirit dies
You have given me the courage
To be all that I can
And I truly feel your heart will
Lead you back to me when you're
Ready to land

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly, oh
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were ment to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly, butterfly

I can't pretend these tears
Aren't over flowing steadily
I can't prevent this hurt from
Almost overtaking me
But I will stand and say goodbye
For you'll never be mine
Until you know the way it feels to fly

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly, oh
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly, oh
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

So flutter through the sky
Butterfly
Fly
Spread your wings and fly
Butterfly


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"Butterfly" as written by Mariah Carey Walter Afanasieff

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    General Commentthis song is about letting your loved one be free, and seeing if they come back to you.
    Jules_6514on July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeh, its like u keep the people u love so close to u, and they need space, so u let them go, but u know they will come back to u, hence the And truly feel your heart will
    Lead you back to me when you're
    Ready to land
    Such a beautiful song!
    angel2kisson September 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is very beautiful. I like it a lot.
    zacsteron March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLyrically and musically, this is one of Mariah's best-written songs. It is probably inspired by her divorce, which left her both sad because she really loved her husband, and relieved that she was finally doing the right thing by breaking away from a time in her life that she described as "the height of her unhappiness".
    EyesOnlyon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou know that saying..if you truely love someone, you will do what's best for them, even if it's letting them go....that's exactly what this song's about. I guess sometimes if you can't do anything to make the one you love happy, then all you can do is let them go, "if you should return to me, we truely were meant to be", is a hope to wait on, because that's all you can do is wait if your love is looking everywhere except at you.
    miss_opinion101on June 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.
    NavyChick07on November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song has 2 meanings..the first one is pretty self explainitory about if u lose a love and if it returns its meant to be..but theres another meaning not many people know...its about her finally free from tommy matolla her ex husband. he was very controlling of her when they were married. the divorce to her was a blessing.
    Butterfly8504on December 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentand mariah loves her independence :D
    KirstenDanielleon March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, what she is saying is so true- sometimes the thing you love the most you must 'set free' in order for it to be truly yours if/when it comes back to you.
    bluegemstoneon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love mariah's music. one of the prettiest thing about her lyrics is that they are easy to understand. very direct. she says exactly what she wants to get across without using all sorts of metaphors and allegories and things like that. BUT it still took me like 4 years to REALLY understand what she's singing about. probably because i was going through this painful time when i had to "let someone go". i was just sitting in the car listening to the song and at that point i totally appreciated what she was saying. but you know what... my butterfly came back to me. I really love this song.
    kashmir86on June 09, 2005   Link

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