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The Crow And The Butterfly

by

Shinedown



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This epic soulful ballad is the fifth single from American rock band Shinedown's third studio album, Sound of Madness.
Frontman Brent Smith explained on the radio interview program Rockline that while the band were writing the new album, he had a dream about a mother whose son passes away. He wrote the song about the mom dealing with the death of her child and trying to move on.
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Comments (8):

I think a lot of people don't get the "dandelions lost in the summer sky" line... He's not talking about bright happy yellow flowers, although I think that it's intentional that that's the image that first springs to mind. In the later phase of life, dandelions become whithered, desiccated, and colorless, the slightest breeze scattering their seeds and stripping them to a bare stem.
- Jonathan, Whitesboro, NY
I love the way rock music interpret human relationships. Another prime example is this masterpiece. For me this suits for any situation where someone has lost someone dear to him or her.....
- Ian, Ragama, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Uhm, The Rev Was From Avenged Sevenfold, NOT Shinedown. Gold Star.
Anyway, I Think That This Song Is About A Man Losing His Girlfriend Or Wife, He Took All Her Pictures Off The Wall, Her Voice Still Haunts Him, The Crow Chasing The Butterfly Could Be A Metaphor For Something/Someone Who Is Not Nearly As Beautiful As A Butterfly, Chasing A Butterfly, Being The Beautiful Woman.
Now He Will Forever Be Chasing Her Memory, As In The Crow Can't Quite Catch Up With The Butterfly & He Can't Catch Up With Her Because She Is Gone.
The End.
- Saydee, Cutler, IN
I always thought it was "and your eyes", not "dandelions". To me this song will always e about the death of The Rev, and how his bandmates are dealing, or not dealing with it.
- Anna, London, United Kingdom
So Rachael Savage, if you end up reading this someday: I'll always love you, no matter how many girls I end up dating after this.
- charlie, las vegas, NV
Every time I hear this song it makes me think of my ex-girlfriend, Rachael. More specifically, it makes me think of how SHE practically gave me my chance to save our relationship. I blew it, of course, and now she absolutely hates me.
- charlie, las vegas, NV
and i wish is wasn't dandelions i wish it were 'your eyes'
- chris, edmonton, AB
also, could be interpreted as a boy who can get anything he wants except the thing he wants the most--the most elegant thing he has ever seen
- chris, edmonton, AB
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