Song Lyric Sunday – Dog and Butterfly


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.

Lyrics

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

  23 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Dog and Butterfly

  1. aisasami
    July 18, 2021 at 5:32 am

    What a pretty song! I always love Heart’s songs. Nice choice!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 18, 2021 at 7:07 am

      Thanks Amy ☺️

  2. July 11, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Heart is great. Good choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you!

  3. July 11, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    I love this song and your poem! <3

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks so much Carol anne ☺️💕

  4. July 11, 2021 at 11:50 am

    I’ve never heard this one. It’s lovely.
    Thank you Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2021 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Jen. I’m happy you liked it ☺️💕🌺

      • July 11, 2021 at 2:39 pm

        😊👍💕

  5. July 11, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Heart is awesome!!! You always choose well <3

    • July 11, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Fantastic I forgot this one 💜💜

      • Christine Bolton
        July 11, 2021 at 2:38 pm

        Thanks Willow ☺️💕 An old favorite of mine.

      • July 11, 2021 at 2:47 pm

        💜💜

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Janis. I’m happy you liked it ☺️💕🌺

      • July 12, 2021 at 8:16 am

        Your choices are always cool!

      • Christine Bolton
        July 12, 2021 at 6:51 pm

        Aww thanks Janis ☺️🌺

      • July 13, 2021 at 2:52 am

        <3

  6. July 11, 2021 at 10:10 am

    I love Heart! Great song 🎶💕

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks Paula. I love this song ☺️💕

  7. July 11, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Christine what was the prompt when you used this song the last time. Heart is always a good choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2021 at 11:36 am

      Hi Jim it was Animal. March 10, 2019

    • July 11, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      I just remembered this song today🤦🏼‍♀️ and I’ve seen Heart too, back in the 80s. I’m glad you used this song! It’s one of my favorite Heart songs. So pretty!

      • Christine Bolton
        July 12, 2021 at 7:51 am

        Thank you! Yes it is a pretty song. I saw them in the 80s too. They were fantastic! ☺️💕

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