Butterfly In Reverse

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  • This song expresses regret at losing a girl: Mary-Ann. It describes how Mary-Ann wasn't treated and appreciated as she should have been. The butterfly is used as a metaphor: their feelings are paralleled to a butterfly because butterflies appear so peaceful and at ease. It's explained how feelings are "locked up inside you." But, the author says that he is a "Butterfly in reverse," so this implies that he doesn't feel at ease, doesn't feel beautiful, and doesn't feel peaceful - like the butterfly. He's in indecision over this girl. In addition, the butterfly is compared to Mary-Ann and comes to represent her. She is labeled as perfect, as is the butterfly.
  • Hard Candy got its first breath of impetus from Adam Duritz' work with Ryan Adams, and Adams returned the favor by co-writing and singing on this. The song revels in the fields of syrupy symphonic Pop, complete with Burt Bacharach reference. >>
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    John - Sydney, Australia, for above 2
  • This was written for the actress Mary-Louise Parker, whom Duritz dated back in the late 90s/early 2000s. Other actresses whom Duritz dated and who inspired Counting Crows songs are, Courteney Cox-Arquette ("Monkey") and Monica Potter ("Mrs. Potter's Lullaby").
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  • Kara from Nyc, NyThe song is about actress Mary Louise Parker.
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