Butterfly

Album: The Gift Of Game (1999)
Charted: 3 1

Songfacts®:

  • The album had been out for a year and a half before this became a hit. It was the third single from Crazy Town. They first released harder songs "Toxic" and "Darkside," which flopped. Crazy Town toured with Buckcherry, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Methods Of Mayhem for two years before this became a hit.
  • Crazy Town lead singer Shifty Shellshock (Seth Binzer) wrote this song about the girl he was seeing at the time. Most of the group's songs were full of macho swagger, which made her wary of Shellshock, so he set out to write something more romantic.

    The two were living together at the time, and she collected butterflies. As Shellshock tells it, he was lying on the bed, thinking about what to call his song, when he spotted a butterfly on the ceiling. That gave him the title, and he later came up with the line, "You're my butterfly, sugar baby." He brought the idea to the band, and they loved the idea; they recorded the demo that very evening.

    Unfortunately, things didn't work out for Shellshock and his butterfly girl - they were together for three years before a tough breakup.
  • This samples "Pretty Little Ditty" from The Red Hot Chili Peppers album Mother's Milk. After writing the lyrics, Shellshock asked his producer to give it a mellow feel similar to "Under The Bridge" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • This is an uncharacteristic pop song for Crazy Town. Their music is typically more aggressive rap-rock, but this was a huge crossover hit. It was played on rock, pop, and alternative radio stations.
  • MTV featured this on their 2001 spring break coverage from Cancun.
  • The video was directed by a team that worked on the movies The Matrix and What Dreams May Come. It is based on the images from What Dreams May Come.
  • Many bands resent their first hit if it gets overexposed and does not really represent the sound of the band, but Shellshock still loves this. He has fond memories of how it made them very popular.
  • This was one of the songs targeted by the Federal Trade Commission in 2001 as inappropriate for underage listeners. The commission wanted advertising for this and many other songs to contain parental advisory warnings.
  • Shifty Shellshock's then-girlfriend Cynthia is in the music video.
  • Epic Mazur wore a DARE T-shirt in the video. The irony is apparent when you consider that Epic has been to rehab to avoid charges of cocaine possession and continued to smoke marijuana.
  • In 2002, this was honored by two different music publishing organizations. Crazy Town belongs to ASCAP, who gave them an award, but because this samples a Red Hot Chili Peppers song, and they are represented by rival company BMI, that organization also honored this. The awards indicate this got a lot of airplay on radio and MTV.

Comments: 17

  • PureThe meaning is how a woman makes a man feel a song of lyrics. Should only be accepted from a friend whom both choose to agree be devoted and loyal trust worthy have intergrity & openness a man & woman that have earned trust there union. Peaceable, joyous love honor
  • Karalyn from A Star From Above, BrazilShifty, I also lived the tough 3 years of your breakup. The Butterfly you sing and write about is finally here. I am sorry it took me so long getting to you. You will know me better in our next encounter.

    knowing you appreciate the view I shared of our breakage, I would like to give you a world not lived, seen; felt; heard or existed in, yet by you.

    Appearing different but yet the same, you will know its me. Be patient until our paths take form and join as a one.
  • G from Potomac, Mdthe lead singer was on that lame Dr. Drew show, what a loser. VH-1 engineered it so that when they went to a big dance club this was playing over the PA and it was so obvious.
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlYeah this song didn't really hit big until like 2001. Cool song though
  • Alexandra from Belgrade, EuropeI like this song,the video is top
  • Shelly from Loserville, Nceven though pretty little ditty is like 2 minutes and has no words,it is just perfect ,suits this song...they did good im glad that they didnt sample from anything gay.claires right that list is made by potheads jk
  • Jess from Schofield, Withe allegory of 'sid and nancy' IS about sid vicious (bassist for sex pistols) and his girlfriend nancy spungen (aka nauseating nancy). she wasnt chopped up in lil pieces tho-she was found in their hotel room-room 100-with a knife in her stomach. he was arrested for it and admitted it and later attempted many times to take his own life. he eventually did die of a heroin overdose-prbly suicide. many believe they planned on killing themselves or dying together or something based on things he'd say. (lil bit of trivia for ya...and maybe some more context to that part of the song-or the song in general)
  • Sum Sum from New Delhi, Indiathe song is definitely a foot tapping one. this song is also in aol's hold on call.
  • Maria from Seminole, FlIm not possitive but i believe that they got kicked out of ozzfest...sharon osbourne never has anything possitive to say about this band....
  • Max from New York, NyYa, but Toxic was out much longer than 1 1/2 years. I remember seeing it like in 98. When did Butterfly come out?
  • Saralysette from Ashland, Orall right the lyrics girl you and me were like sid and nancy. that isn't a good thing! do you know what happend to Sid and Nancy? nancy was chopped up in little bitty peices!!! possibly by sid when he was on acid.....
  • Heather from Bristol, VaI like this song b/c its about how a girl makes a guys life better but yet she still has naughty qualities about her.
    heatherz@wcs.k12.va.us
  • Claire from Oak Ridge, TnI can never be sure about whether or not this song deserved to be on "50 Most Awesomly Bad Songs Ever."
  • Elisabeth from N/a, InGirl, it's you like Sid and Nancy is a refrence to teh sex pistols Sid Vicious and his g/f Nancy
  • Caitlin from Sailsbury, Nci love this song they play it like every five minutes on the movie orange county
  • Kurt from Downers Grove, IlYeah, they got booed when they played this song at Ozzfest.
  • Bruce from Springfield, VaIf I rememeber corectly, Crazytown toured on Ozzfest for two years, sadly. I like the band, the music is decent, but their not Ozzfest material.
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