"Butterfly In Reverse" as written by and Charlie Gillingham Adam Duritz....
Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl
I said, Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Had a lot of girlfriends
I should have known them
Click your heels and count back from there
Do you want to go back?
You should have known
That the butterfly in reverse here is me

Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl
I said, Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Where'd you want to go to
With nothing beside you
But webbing and curfews and rain?
And everything that hurts you
Is locked up inside you
Like butterflies with wings
And other perfect things

We go swimming in the sunshine
Dangling from clotheslines
Separate and fall into me
But did you ever see me?
Me, absolutely?
Me, but all you, but still me?

Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl, I said
Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl


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"Butterfly in Reverse" as written by Ben Mize Adam Duritz

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    General CommentI can't get enough of this song. Their voices (Duritz' and Adams') the soaring harmonies and strings... it's such a truly unique song that pulls my entire being around. It stretches me in so many ways. I suggest anyone listening to this song... it's incredible.
    Destructedstaron July 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdurit'z and adam's? you mean adam duritz'? yeah, this song is great
    Phrenchornon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think he means adam DURITZ, and ryan ADAMS...
    sambo28on April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with destructedstar. This song is just lovely. It's just about looking back on the happy memories you had with someone you loved. Nostalgic stuff.
    Grymon June 22, 2004   Link
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    General Comment* SHE (I'm a she...)
    Destructedstaron October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about actress Mary Louise Parker.
    intothegrinder2on July 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhy would he say maryann if it was about a girl named mary? and where's your evidence to back it up? anyhu, i just love this song, it's a great one to song along too again and i think the saying she's better than the world is just so friggin sweet.
    ---twigs---on March 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell idk, he was dating her, right?
    just4a6mirroron May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI read on imdb that it's about mary louise parker, think that they wouldn't just make it up ;)
    Kresjuon June 26, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationSo for me this song is about a girl who was "brought up right," loved and respected, appropriately sheltered and shown manners and niceties. The singer admires her deeply for this. He had fun with her and enjoyed being with her and playing in her perfect world, but for him that was all it was. He knew he didn't quite belong there. I think he sees her as naive. Not insensitive or selfish, just that from her perfect sheltered perspective she could never truly "see" and understand him and his imperfections. Didn't diminish his admiration for her though. Love this song right now! But I seem to see it as a movie montage from the 70s :-).
    wendipiperon June 13, 2013   Link

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