What does The Crow & The Butterfly mean?

Search Login

Shinedown: The Crow & The Butterfly Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

Get "The Crow & The Butterfly" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

The Crow & The Butterfly Lyrics

I painted your room at
Midnight, so I'd know
Yesterday was over
I put all your books on the top shelf,
Even the one with the four leaf clover
Man, I'm getting older
I took all your pictures off the wall
and wrapped them in a news...


    click a star to vote
    Jan 29th, 1:09am report

    Sounds like a close friend's overdose.


    click a star to vote
    Oct 18th, 2018 10:25pm report



    click a star to vote
    Jul 26th, 2018 7:52am report

    I think this is about a guy (crow) who is chasing a beautiful girl (butterfly). The guy here is like a crow. His beauty was unappreciated, but really we know the worth of a crow and its capabilities. The girl here is beautiful. Just beautiful. Nothing more.


    click a star to vote
    Jul 7th, 2018 7:50am report

    Watch the video!!!


    click a star to vote
    Mar 30th, 2018 3:37am report

    You can definitely feel the loss as Brent sings. He conveys the sadness and really makes you feel. I view the song as nostalgic and it does bring up my own feelings of time gone by. The song has feeling and brings tears to the listener. I know he wrote it after a dream he had about the loss a mother has for her son. Honestly it can mean different things for everyone


    click a star to vote
    Oct 26th, 2017 10:17pm report

    I think this song is about a guy who is chasing a beautiful girl. Metaphorically, she's the butterfly and he's the crow.


    click a star to vote
    Apr 23rd, 2017 4:57am report

    I think the mom was fighting a battle of the worlds exsistance and in the battle she looses sight of the future and losses the connection that ties her to the world and looses herself until one day she hears a little girl crying and looks out and sees her sitting on a swing the child was crying for her mom and at first she thinks its her past self that shes seeing and walks over and looks at the child and instantly the women knew that this little beatiful child was hers she was her child in the future her name is jolyne the connection was made and there was no doubt in her mind and so there was a future Being as she just saw something that hadn't even come into exsistance yet the child's the crow because it's free and strong and it's a bird that's been around since the beginning of time and it survives through time


    click a star to vote
    Apr 23rd, 2017 4:38am report

    I think the song is about more then a mother and her daughter the daughter its about life and light and the worlds exsistance.You see there was a time that there was a king of darkness and the queen of light the king of light was said to be put in a beatiful bird being the crow and the mother the butterfly.Both Being 2 flying animals that are rarley kept in a cage, so there free which makes them the most beautiful birds of all.


    click a star to vote
    Sep 24th, 2016 9:27pm report

    It's about a mom who is completely going off the deep end because her son died somehow.
    She can't sleep and is trying to deal with accepting his death.


    click a star to vote
    Jun 26th, 2014 6:22am report

    As a personal translation of the song I view the crow as me, chasing the women of my dreams, the butterfly. I think of the butterfly as beautiful and perfect. The crow is, well what do u think of when u think of a crow? Generally bad things. I want to be perfect and I chase after the one I love who is. Tho my problems chase her away, I can't give up...


    click a star to vote
    Apr 30th, 2013 4:20am report

    The first post is right. Brent had a dream about a mother loosing her son, and he felt compelled to right a song about it, thinking it would be a hit. It sure was!


    click a star to vote
    May 11th, 2012 5:54pm report

    the song actually tells about a mom loosing his son somehow... and moving away. but at first i thought it meant that a husband lost his wife and was moving far away out in the country. And i thought the crow is death, and chases wherever you go. And the butterfly is the victim/ wife.... and apparently the husband was too late helping or saving his wife...


    click a star to vote
    Apr 18th, 2012 4:49am report

    I have been told that this song was inspired by a dream that Brent Smith (lead singer) had about a mother who has lost her child in a park.

More Shinedown song meanings ยป


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

Itchin' On A Photograph anonymous
everything i wanted anonymous
Trampoline anonymous
Rehab Louie
Back to Black Louie
Somewhere Only We Know anonymous
Cold Blooded anonymous
You Need To Calm Down anonymous
Ghetto Gospel anonymous
Paper Bag anonymous
Burning Down the House anonymous
Kiss It Better anonymous
What Goes Around Comes Goes Around anonymous
All The Good Girls Go To Hell DEMONOFDARKNESS

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

My Truck
Love You Like I Used To
Russell Dickerson
For My Money
Brandon Lay
Hard To Forget
Sam Hunt
Momma's House
Dustin Lynch
Whatcha Drinkin 'Bout
Stephanie Quayle
Experiment On Me
Meet Me On The Roof
Green Day