Butterfly

It’s been a long time that I’m quite a fan of the metaphore of the butterfly for several reasons; hence why I used it on my tattoo.

First one; I do honestly believe the right kind of music at the right time changes lives for good. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the wrong kind of music. Music changed my life for good so hence the butterflies around the treble clef. Read here more about the scientific research that backs up my transformational method of choice.

In fact, this song is one of the many that can add such a positive vibe to your daily life if you play it often. I was cleaning the kitchen when youtube popped up this song and I had to stop and check its name as I was relating to most of what she was singing.

Second; Butterfly shaped is also the gland that doesn’t work properly in my body and has shaped my life to certain extent.

And remember; there is nothing in the caterpillar that indicates that one day it’s going to grow wings, I was hopeless for a while.

Third; I guess I’m like a butterfly when it comes to my love life. If you treat me kindly I may visit your gardem as often as I can but if the garden turns into a hostile environment just don’t expect me to stay. I can’t be tamed into something I’m not. I’d rather be single for life than in a relationship where I have to sacrifice who I am and what I want to do in my life just to keep a person by my side.

And when I check the online translation of this song I realized it needed a more accurate one to what I think Grimes wanted to say with its lyrics. But then I guess that’s just my interpretation.

Big beats, black cloud – Ritmos grandes, nube negra
Get it wrong, get loud – Equívocate, haz ruido
Write a song, get down – Escribe una canción, ten un bajón.
And everyone will know – Y todo el mundo lo sabrá
And everyone will know – Y todo el mundo lo sabrá
And everyone can go  – Y todo el mundo se puede ir Oh, then, get lost – oh, entonces, perdeos
Take his shit, maybe not – Toma su mierda, puede que no.
Let’s sing good, he’s gone – cantemos bien, él se ha ido.
Everything you know – todo lo que sabes
And everyone should go – y todo el mundo debería irse
I don’t need to know – no necesito saberlo
So, who you want to? – Entonces… a quien quieres?


Am I just right? (Is it just right?) – ¿soy la adecuada? ¿es lo correcto?)
Can you see the enemy just isn’t me tonight? – Puedes ver que esta noche el enemigo no soy yo?
Oh, it is perfect – Oh, es perfecto
It could be anything out there – Podría ser cualquier cosa ahí fuera
Butterflies flying in the air – mariposas volando en el aire


Oh, no, it came – oh no, llegó
Higher than an aeroplane – más alto que un avión
Don’t know this song – No conozco esta canción
Sweeter than a sugar cane – Más dulce que la caña de azúcar
Why you looking for a harmony? – ¿por qué buscas una armonía?
There is harmony in everything – Hay armonía en todo
It’s a butterfly who waits for the world – Es una mariposa que espera al mundo

On your way, getting caught up  – de camino, siendo atrapadas

Quit and sell livestock – renuncia y vende ganado
Heck, get late, old body – Que demonios!! llega tarde, cuerpo viejo
Got you moving slow – hizo que te movieras despacio
And everyone will know – y todo el mundo lo sabrá
And everyone can go  – y todo el mundo se puede ir

Big bird, dimming – Pájaro grande, perdiendo su esplendor
Wish I could save them – ojalá pudiera salvarlos
Don’t know, no plan – No sé, no hay plan.
Everyone can go  – Todo el mundo se puede ir

And nobody can know – y nadie puede saberlo
And nobody can know – y nadie puede saberlo
I don’t know need to know – Yo no necesito saberlo
So, do you want to? – Así que….. quieres?
Am I just (am I just?) – soy solo yo?? soy solo yo??
Can you see the enemy just isn’t me tonight? – puedes ver que el enemigo no soy yo esta noche??


Oh, baby, it is perfect – oh cariño, es perfecto
It could be anything out there – podría ser cualquier cosa ahí fuera
Butterflies flying in the air – Mariposas volando en el aire
Oh, no, it came – Oh no, llegó
Higher than an aeroplane – más alto que un avión.
Don’t know this song – No conozco esta canción
Sweeter than a sugar cane – Más dulce que la caña de azúcar
Why you looking for a harmony? – ¿porqué estás buscando una armonía?
There is harmony in everything – Hay armonía en todo
It’s a butterfly who waits for wind – Es una mariposa que espera al viento….
To fly away – para volar lejos


If you’re looking for a dream girl – Si estás buscando una chica de ensueño
I’ll never be your dream girl – Nunca seré la chica de tus sueños
Living in the real world – viviendo en el mundo real
Looking for a dream girl – buscando una chica de ensueño


Perhaps not all of you want to fly so it’s ok if you want to stay the way you are as long as you’re happy and content with what you are and what you currently have. But for all of those who don’t feel happy with the current life they have perhaps they’re not honouring and embracing their true genuine wishes or what I like to call their wild side.



“Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself, don’t swim in the same slough. Stay out of the clutches of mediocrity. Change your tone and shape so often that they can never categorize you. Reinvigorate yourself and accept what is but only on the terms that you have invented and reinvented. Be self-taught. And reinvent your life because you must; it is your life and its history and the present belongs only to you.”

― Charles Bukowski, The Pleasures of the Damned



And most aren’t embracing their genuine selves due to fear; fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what other people may think of you, etc.

And I believe that’s what Grimes is talking about with “everyone can go” and “everyone should go”. Bascially all you have to do is accept people will talk, people will know, people may not like you or may not like what you do but that’s ok, and if they don’t support your journey and/or they don’t like you for who you truly are and what you really like then they’re actually doing you a great favour. So as long as you are a respectful human being and you get to enjoy your life then… who cares?. Not everyone has to like you, not everyone likes themselves either. And not everyone has the same taste in people and that’s great. I think Kurt Cobain said “I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.”

“Take his shit maybe not”… lol. Love it. Basically, she’s talking about putting up with men who are going to try to put you through their worst if you tolerate it. “Maybe not” because if you decide not to tolerate certain behaviours you won’t end up taking any shit from anyone. In fact, it’s the fear to lose a person what makes people lose them in the very first place.

But also, I think what she means with “if you’re looking for a dream girl. I’ll never be your dream girl” is that butterflies are indeed; beautiful to look at but hard to catch. And as she continues “looking for a dream girl living in a real world” I think she wants to convey that unless you’re a dreamer yourself you’ll never get to catch or spend time next to such a woman. Because to have a woman like this you have to be a butterfly yourself so you won’t envy nor fear the loss of her presence in your life and therefore it should put you in a position to enjoy or appreciate every minute of that company while it lasts.

So yes, when butterflies drop near by… you just have to enjoy their beauty without getting too attached to them because once caterpillas have wings to fly they will use them whenever they feel their freedom or their peace of mind is threatened.

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