Dissecting Butterflies

My friend Cath introduced me to the song Sleeps With Butterflies by Tori Amos. I’m using it in my page for some time now, but it is only of late that I chanced upon the lyrics of the song. And to my surprise, I somehow connected with the lyrics. :p So I decided to write an article about it for the hopeless romantic persons out there. :p

The song talks about a girl who “only sleeps with butterflies” – butterflies pertain to the ones she love. And the one she loves is very independent of her and very free-spirited; in fact she likes guys that are like that,

“I’m not, but I like rivers that rush in.”

This song reveals completely how to love a person who is busy with his career or one that has a very demanding life – actually, this applies to all relationships.

“Is there trouble ahead
For you the acrobat?
I won’t push you unless you have a net.”

We see, the girl realizes that there are times that her lover has other important things to mind. Therefore, at times like this, she does not demand a lot from her lover. She does not cling to much to him and she gives him space – one of the most important aspects in a relationship.

“I don’t hold on
To the tail of your kite.”

Instead, she just lets him be and do what he needs to do and she tries to be part of his life, to blend in.

“Airplanes
Take you away again.
Are you flying
Above where we live?”

And the most important thing of all, the girl knows that for her to really appreciate her butterfly’s beauty is to let it fly – it is only when she observes him from a distant will she ever fully behold his beautiful nature.

“Balloons
Look good from on the ground.”

“So go on and fly then boy.”

The girl also tells us how to really care and how to show love to butterflies; first, give them the space that they need, and, second, be there when they need you the most.

“You say the word
You know I will find you.
Or if you need some time
I don’t mind.”

I wish I’d learn how to sleep with butterflies.

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