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Cover Butterfly
Butterfly by Grimes
from Art Angels
Released November 6, 2015
Length 4:12
Writer(s) Grimes
Producer(s) Grimes
Video

Butterfly is a song from Grimes' fourth solo studio album Art Angels, being the fourteenth and closing track off the standard version of the album. A video of the song was released on October 5, 2016.[1]

Background

Grimes said the following to Consequence of Sound when discussing Art Angels: "There's a song that's from the perspective of a butterfly in the Amazon as people are cutting down trees"[2]. The song samples Penguin Dancer by Masayoshi Takanaka for the introduction, as said by Grimes in her DIY cover story. "It sounds like a kids TV show theme song", and she wanted Butterfly "to be a really all-ages song, like a kids TV vibe song"[3].

Artwork

The Japanese sentence at the bottom of the artwork reads "fairy type", and can also be seen on the Pin track artwork.

Lyrics

Big beats, black cloud
Get it wrong, get loud
Write a song, get down
And everyone will know
And everyone will know
And everyone can go

Oh, then, get lost
Take his shit, maybe not
Let's sing good, he's fine
Everything you know
And everyone should go
Oh-oh-oh-oh

I don't know need to know
So, do you want to?
Am I just right?
(Is it just right?)
Can you see the enemy just isn't me tonight?
Oh, it is perfect
You could be anything out there
Butterflies flying in the air

Oh, no, it came
Higher than an aeroplane
Don't know this song
Sweeter than a sugar cane
Why you looking for a harmony?
There is harmony in everything
It’s a butterfly whose wings span the world

On your way, getting caught up
Quit and sell livestock
Heck, get late, old body
Got you moving slow
And everyone will know
And everyone can go

Big bird, dimming
Wish I could save them
Don't know, no plan
Everyone can go
And nobody can know
And nobody can know

I don't know need to know
So, do you want to?
Am I just (am I just?)
Can you see the enemy just isn't me?
Oh, baby, it is perfect
You could be anything out there
Butterflies flying in the air

Oh, no, it came
Higher than an aeroplane
Don't know this song
Sweeter than a sugar cane
Why you looking for a harmony?
There is harmony in everything
It’s a butterfly whose wings span the world
So fly away

If you're looking for a dream girl
I'll never be your dream girl
Living in the real world
Looking for a dream girl

Oh, no, it came
Higher than an aeroplane
Don't know this song
Sweeter than a sugar cane
Why you looking for a harmony?
There is harmony in everything
It's a butterfly whose wings span the world
So fly away

If you're looking for a dream girl
I'll never be your dream girl

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADPk5PpkjMg
  2. http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/09/grimes-new-album-will-be-a-surprise-release-on-itunes/
  3. http://diymag.com/2016/03/04/grimes-is-a-genius-cover-feature-diy

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