We have been prompted with Insects and Bugs for Song Lyric Sunday this week, courtesy of Amy from aimusic. My song choice for this prompt is Dog and Butterfly by the band Heart. This song was also an inspiration for my similarly named poem, The Dog and the Butterfly. You can read that here if you are interested.
I have used this song before but it was several years ago and we have some new participants in our group so I think it should be acceptable.
“Dog & Butterfly” is a song recorded by the rock band Heart. It is the title track to the band’s fourth studio album Dog & Butterfly and was released as the album’s second single. The song is a more subdued effort from the band, differing from past hard rock-oriented hits, as Ann and Nancy Wilson pulled from their folk music influences. The song charted moderately in the US in 1979, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ann has said she was inspired when she looked out a window and saw a dog relentlessly chasing a butterfly. She saw the song as an inspiration when things get tough to “keep going after it.”
Although it enjoyed only moderate chart success, the song has remained a setlist staple for Heart consistently through the years.
There I was with the old man Stranded again so off I'd ran A young world crashing around me No possibilities of getting what I need He looked at me and smiled Said no, no, no, no, no child See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he likes to fly Dog and butterfly Below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground, laughing She don't know why, she don't know why Dog and butterfly Well I stumbled upon your secret place Safe in the trees you had tears on your face Wrestling with your desires frozen strangers Stealing your fires, the message hit my mind Only words that I could find See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he like to fly Dog and butterfly below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground Laughing to the sky, up to the sky Dog and butterfly We're getting older the world's getting colder For the life of me I don't know the reason why Maybe it's livin' making us give in Hearts rolling in taken back on the tide We're balanced together ocean upon the sky Another night in this strange town Moonlight holding me light as down Voice of confusion inside of me Just begging to go back where I'm free Feels like I'm through Then the old man's words are true See the dog and butterfly Up in the air he like to fly Dog and butterfly, below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground With a little tear in her eye She had to try, she had to try Dog and butterfly, yeah Up in the air he like to fly The dog and butterfly, below she had to try She roll back down to the warm soft ground, laughing She don't know why But she had to try, she had to try Dog and butterfly Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Ann Wilson / Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson / Susan Ennis Dog And Butterfly lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group