Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die

Album: The Terror (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • The Flaming Lips originally demoed the song in an earlier session to the other Terror tracks. Vocalist Wayne Coyne told MusicRadar.com: "We heard it and thought that maybe we could change it and make it seem like it was part of The Terror. It's interesting that it has more rhythm and bass than any track on the record."
  • The song finds Coyne taking something beautiful and turning it into a metaphor for the slow crawl to death. He explained to MusicRadar: "I think we really made the song fit the lyrics. There's light at the end, and you can see the universe making a new sun and a new sky. You can see the universe is ending, making a new dark and a new night. Part of that is the acceptance of the brutal truths that The Terror is: if you know 'this,' then you must know 'this.'"

    "The analogy that we sometimes use is that you're seeing your mother or your brother dead on the table," he added, "and somebody has to pull down the sheet. Their faces might be completely mangled from some horrible car accident, but you have to remember what they looked like in your mind. You have to remember the beauty, even when you're confronted by something terrible."

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