Butterflies

Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note… I had the word ‘butterflies’ swimming around in my head for months, years even. I’d come across it so many times in the context of people looking for new, sometimes extra-marital relationships. Bear in mind I was a publican at that point in my life (mid-noughties) and I heard and saw all sorts of people finding all sorts of ways of getting through their lives.

One night after locking up the pub, I finally sat down to try and write the song I’d always promised myself I’d write. To my infinite surprise, these words spewed out of me and onto my computer screen in less than half an hour…:

I swore I’d never forget the first time that we kissed
The butterflies each time you called
Tearing off your wedding dress
Looking forward to a life of love and lust
Not like everyone else, we were different, us.

Am I still chasing butterflies?
Or did I just move on?
Am I looking for something elsewhere
when I should be looking for it at home?

She’s not some flame haired harlot
Who turned my head away
She’s not the first – will she be the last?
Are we too far gone to save?

Am I still chasing butterflies
Or is it really time for a change?
Are these feelings that I’m having
The beginning of the end?

The girls that I’ve spent time with,
So many I forget their names
The thrill of so many “first times”
Is it this that drives me? Can a leopard really change?

Am I still chasing butterflies?
Or have I found my place?
I thought I’d put it behind me
Only for it to slap me across the face

I believe in love at first sight
I believe in destiny
I believe the truth will out
And I believe in me

But I also believe in being there
And I believe in family
My kids, my home, my duties,
Are these not the things that make me me?

Am I still chasing butterflies?
Or have I met my match?
Am I still chasing butterflies?
Or is this my final catch?

I sent this first draft across to my singer / songwriter brother Ben and he added some music. Again, he said the melody came easily and so, with little more than an hour’s worth of creation, the song Butterflies was born.

Below are the lyrics to the actual song as it can be found on Ben’s Reverbnation page. We had to tweak them slightly for the music to fit around them.

Personally I preferred the tune stripped down with only piano accompaniment, without all the background beats and stuff going on and maybe one day we’ll finally get around to recording me singing it! But here it is and I am immensely proud of it.

http://www.reverbnation.com/zerendipity/song/4523909-butterflies

I swore that I’d never forget the first time that we kissed
The butterflies each time you called, tearing off your wedding dress
Looking forward to a world filled with love and lust, not like everyone else, we’re different, us….

Am I chasing butterflies? Or did I just move on?
Am I looking somewhere, when I would find it at home?

She’s not some flame haired harlot, who turned my head away
She’s not the first – will she be the last? Are we gone too far to save?

Am I chasing butterflies or is it time for a change?
Are these feelings that I’m having, the beginning of the end?

The girls I’ve spent some time with, so many I forget their names
The thrill of the “first time”, can a leopard really change?

Am I chasing butterflies, or have I found my place?
I thought I’d put it all behind me, but it slaps you across the face

I believe in love at first sight, I believe in destiny
I believe the truth will out, And I believe in me
I also believe in being there, I believe in family
My kids, my home, my duties, are these not the things that make me me?

Am I chasing butterflies, or have I met my match?
Am I chasing butterflies, or is this my final catch?