Could've been a swan on a glassy lake
Could've been a gull in a clipper's wake
Could've been a ladybug on a wind chime
But she was born a dragonfly

In the sun she warmed her wings
And listened to the cicadas sing
"The trees are all bending
In one direction
Because of something"

Cross-pollination by the legs of bees in the spring
Is a beautiful thing
Oh when the sun goes down
The fireflies come out

In a pond crept a slimy thing
That hummed a theme from the Rites of Spring

Pity the mate of Queen Mantis
So content, but so headless
Katy did nothing but shiver and cry
As did the dragonfly

In the shade the gypsies spin
Among the cloves, they drop their skin
"Beyond the hedge grove
Over by the willows
Deep in the shadows"

Regeneration occurs at a furious speed
Beneath the white oak tree
And when the sun comes up
Moon buds fold up

In the sun she warmed her wings
And listened to the Rites of Spring

Could've been a swan on a glassy lake
Could've been a gull in a clipper's wake
Could've been a ladybug on a wind chime
But she was born a dragonfly

"Ain't ever seen it, but I have heard it
Sounds like the millstones when they are turning
But every moment getting louder and louder
And then there is silence
And the smell of flowers"


Lyrics submitted by Silverdew, edited by sokorny

The Dragonfly Lyrics as written by Jean-paul Gaster Dan Maines

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  • +1
    General Comment

    i think this is just a realy trippy explanation of a pond around springtime.

    insane metal fanon June 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    I don't think this song is about anything more than how nature is simultaneously beautiful and f*cked up. For the most part, Neil tends to be pretty straight forward with his writing. Not saying he hasn't written some really deep stuff (See "Basket of Eggs"), but this doesn't feel like something that's deeper than: "This is how nature looks, it's pretty bad-ass right?"

    This is also the primary reason that I love this song!

    Unknownkiller8on March 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i think this is one of the best clutch songs

    although i don't know what it really means. maybe its implying that a dragonfly is a rebellious insect.

    artoseybycyon June 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Blue dragonfly is an internet haven for anorexics.

    "Katy did nothing but shiver and cry, As did the dragonfly. "

    cassiaon June 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I listened to this song on acid in the car with my friend when we were driving out on some country roads when all the fire flies were out...it was fucking incredible..my favorite clutch song.

    Zoxinsoxon July 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    @Cassia

    A "katydid" is a type of insect. If you look at one on a branch, or in your hand, it shivers. It also makes a squeaking cry. I'm willing to bet the song has nothing to do with anorexics.

    Lionboyon August 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The Rite of Spring is a ballet song by Stravinsky. I can't remember it exactly, but its something along the lines of primitive tribal sacrifice ritual of girl(s) to the God of Spring.

    sodaforlifeon August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It may just be me but there are lots of sexual innuendo that portray the pond as a kind of primal mating ground.

    crackityboneson April 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Have to agree with the comments regarding Neil's appreciation of nature.

    Sometimes lyrics are that simple. However, the beauty of art (any form) is that it is open to everyone's own interpretation. Your experiences, life, education etc. will all alter your interpretation, and in the end I suppose an artist just hopes you enjoy their work ... and take from it what you will.

    Great song, love the interlude too.

    sokornyon January 16, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    I think the interjected lines are from the dragonfly's perspective. The trees bending suggests a powerful wind coming through, but the sound of millstones getting louder could be either a storm or a herd of hoofed animals. Either would leave the smell of flowers behind because they open up to the sun after being watered, or their aroma is spread by being trampled out of them.

    cameronwg5on May 03, 2017   Link

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