The Crow & the Butterfly cover
The Crow & the Butterfly cover

The Crow & the Butterfly Lyrics Meanings
by Shinedown

Rock
2008
363

The Crow & the Butterfly Lyrics

I painted your room at midnight
So I'd know yesterday was over
I put all your books on the top shelf
Even the one with the four leaf clover
Man I'm getting older

I took all your pictures off the wall
And I wrapped them in a newspaper blanket
I haven't slept in what seems like a century
And now I can barely breathe

Just like the crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were gettin' high as outer space
I never thought you would slip away
I guess I was just a little too late

Your words still serenade me
And your lullaby's, they won't let me sleep
And I've never heard such a haunting melody
Oh it's killing me
You know I can barely breathe Just like the crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were gettin' high as outer space
I never thought you would slip away
I guess I was just a little too late

Just like the crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were gettin' high as outer space
I never thought you would slip away

Just like the crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were gettin' high as outer space
I never thought you would slip away
I guess I was just a little too late

Just a little too late

Writer(s): Dave Bassett, Brent Smith
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management
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This song is about a mother losing her son, the crow is a representative of the sons memory that is chasing the mother which is represented as the butterfly. When the lyrics say the things about painting the room and putting the books on the top shelf it shows that she's having trouble sleeping and is attempting to get over him, where she is wrapping his pictures in newspaper blankets is her putting away all the reminders of him so that she'll hopefully get over him, but his memory hits hard. Where it goes "your words still serenade me, and your lullaby's they wont let me sleep i haven't slept in what seems like a century" suggests that she is struggling to be able to sleep at all because his memory is haunting her and his lullaby's won't leaver her head because of how much she misses him.

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