Butterfly

Album: Headlights, Taillights and Radios (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Tracy Lawrence told The Boot the story behind this song, which he penned for his Headlights, Taillights and Radios album: "It was written from a story I heard about the Joplin tornadoes a few years ago," he said, "about how these butterfly people came down and protected the kids that were buried in all the rubble and stuff, and there were several of them that talked about these apparitions that were very real to them. We wrote it from the perspective that the butterfly people were angels, and they protected you if it wasn't your time to go, and they also came to carry you to the other side when it was your time to leave this world. Pretty powerful song."

    Joplin, Missouri was struck by a powerful tornado on May 22, 2011 which resulted in over 160 deaths and injured some 1,150 others. It was the deadliest tornado to strike the United States since the 1947 Glazier-Higgins-Woodward tornadoes.

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