Scream of the Butterfly

Album: When The Kite String Pops (1994)
  • A creature made of sunshine
    Her eyes were like the sky
    Rabbit howls like something old
    As we twitch to her lullaby
    The scalpel shines in gods sunshine
    Street lights whisper pain
    Down here near the poison stream
    You're god has gone insane

    She smiles like a child with flowers in her hair
    With blood on her hands into the sun she stares
    She feels it die, I heard her cry

    She smiles like a child with flowers in her hair
    With blood on her hands into the sun she stares
    She feels it die, I heard her cry

    Like the scream of the butterfly

    Sunshine a house in flames
    She likes it where she gets it
    But it's never felt the same
    Surgery in the house of dissection
    When your candle burns out I will resurrect you
    She runs through fields of daisies
    Yeah it's just a shame
    That they eat their own babies
    Who cares cause the air is free
    When you get there will you kiss the dead for me?

    There's blood on the moon
    And the summer is cold
    There's love in the room
    But baby that's gettin' old
    There's blood on my face
    Sittin' on a dead shore
    A highway of emptiness
    And I'm feeling old
    There's blood on the moon
    As we plan our escape
    The goddess in bloom
    Handcuffed and raped
    There's blood in the bath tub
    Murder the king
    There's blood on the moon
    There's blood on just about everything

    Sunshine a house in flames
    She likes it where she gets it
    But it's never felt the same
    Surgery in the house of dissection
    When your candle burns out I will resurrect you
    She runs through fields of daisies
    Yeah it's just a shame
    That they eat their own babies
    Who cares cause the air is free
    When you get there will you kiss the dead for me?

    Something cold is forced inside her
    A tear spills down her cheek
    Stillborn songs of a dead dreamer
    Hymns of the needle freak
    With sunlight in her hair
    She smiles like she don't care
    Her dreams are liquid blue
    I cut myself again and again
    To remind myself of you

    She smiles like a child with flowers in her hair
    With blood on her hands into the sun she stares
    She feels it die, I heard her cry

    Like the scream of the butterfly

    I met an angel with a sawed-off shotgun
    Wanted by the FBI
    We dropped some acid, killed our parents
    Then we hit the road

    Like the scream of the butterfly
    Like the scream of the butterfly Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 9

  • Arvena from CoThe idea is taken from the dark movie of the same name that came out in 1965. The main character is a nympho who tries to get a lover to kill her husband but the end of the movie has a surprise plot twist.
  • Alexis from No WhereThe real story behind this song is a twisted one. It's about the lead singers sister. She was reaped and she went to her brother about it. In the end they decided to have a home abortion. Hints "she smells like a child with flowers in her hair with blood on her hands"
  • Paula from Brasov, RomaniaI think ''when you get there will you kiss the dead for me?'' means something like... to say hello to the dead. Also kissing is something you do with persons that are really close to you. So when she gets to the dead, when she will be like them, she has to say hello to one that the speaker knew very good before. This makes me think that the speaker may have something to do with her baby. I guess... That's what came into my mind.
  • Jared from Lafayette, LaMany of you are right about the topic of abortion but one line "rabbit howls like something out of her twisted lullaby" Truddi Chase was the author of the book When Rabbit Howls (1987), an autobiography about her experiences after being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. In her autobiography and in numerous interviews, Chase wrote that she was repeatedly and violently sexually and physically abused by her stepfather and beaten and neglected by her mother during her childhood and teenage years. In 1990, the autobiography was made into a two-part ABC miniseries, retitled "Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase."
  • Amy from Springdale, Ari think it means that she had got pg by a guy older then her and they disapproved of it all and her parents made her get an abortion, she turned to heroin to try to cover her pain she tried to hide it but know matter where or what she did, it got to much for her, all she could hear was the scream of her baby and how they made her kill it and so finally she lost it and killed her parents
  • Knight from Rosenberg,I love the music in this song and the Jim Morrison like tone that Dax carries is incredible. I can't contest with the interpretations here, especially Christopher's. I've had so many visions to this song and the opening line...a creature made of sunshine her eyes will light the sky...it cracks it wide open with imagination.
  • Fj from Huntsville, AlTo me this songs a combination of things,It seems to tell of a love sory about a beautiful woman who is considered a god by some, struggling against the world and her fate.The song appears to have a underlying theme about the godess in blue having a heroin addiction and trying to cope.

    "the still born songs of a dead dreamer,yeah the hymns of a needle freak."

    also "she likes it when she gets it but it's never felt the same."

    She may have been raped as the song implies and turned to heroin to get through it all.This girl may have some other flaws like murder'there's blood on the bath tub baby murder the king.'

    The song resolves it self in the end "I met an angel with a sawed off shot-gun she was wanted by the fbi,dropped some acid killed our parents and then we hit the road"
  • Christopher from Natchitoches, LaThe song is about abortion "Scream of the Butterfly"refers to the defenseless unborn fetus'silent death cry.The mother can feel it die inside her and has begun to regret and lement her action.She knows her decsision has scarred her forever,making her feel like a murderer.She knows she'll never experiance the same level of joy she once had before the abortion."Sunshine in the house of flames.She loves it when she gets it but it's never felt the same"means she struggles to find happiness amongst the weight of such a heavy conscience.
  • Edward from Portland, MeThe phrase "Scream of the Butterfly" is from the song "When the Music's Over" by the door, lyrics by Jim Morrison.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

The End Of The Rock EraSong Writing

There are no more rock stars - the last one died in 1994.

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Amy GrantSongwriter Interviews

The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.

Booker T. JonesSongwriter Interviews

The Stax legend on how he cooked up "Green Onions," the first time he and Otis Redding saw hippies, and if he'll ever play a digital organ.

Jethro TullFact or Fiction

Stage urinals, flute devices, and the real Aqualung in this Fact or Fiction.

Facebook, Bromance and Email - The First Songs To Use New WordsSong Writing

Do you remember the first time you heard "email" in a song? How about "hater" or "Facebook"? Here are the songs where they first showed up.