“Dog & Butterfly”

“Dog & Butterfly”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Ann Wilson
“Dog & Butterfly”

Written by Ann Wilson
Recorded by Heart

This, like a lot of songs, came from something literal and changed to something more poetic. I was upstairs in my music room waiting for my muse. It doesn’t always happen on cue but, in hindsight, it did this time. I looked out of my window and saw the dog chasing a butterfly. He wouldn’t give up; he just kept chasing that butterfly. I thought it was impossible, yet he kept on going. The chase took on another meaning for me. Like so much in life, the spirit is undaunted, you keep going after it.

Many people have said that it is that thought in this song that has helped them through rough times. When they’re up against the wall in life, they could refer back to it and keep going.

Nancy (Wilson) and I, as Heart, were new at the time in 1978 or so, and this became our personal theme song as well. Now if we don’t play it in our set, people are disappointed.

“Dog & Butterfly”

There I was with the old man

Stranded again so off I’d ran

A young world crashing around me

No possibilities of getting what I need.

He looked at me and smiled

Said, “No, no, no, no, no child

See the dog and butterfly. Up in the

Air he like to fly.” Dog and butterfly

Below she had to try. She roll back down

To the warm soft ground laughing

She don’t know why, she don’t know why

Dog and butterfly.

Well, I stumbled upon your secret place

Safe in the trees you had tears on your face

Wrestling with your desires, frozen strangers

Stealing your fires. The message hit my mind

Only words that I could find

See the dog and butterfly

Up in the air he like to fly

Dog and butterfly below she had to try.

She roll back down to the warm soft ground

Laughing to the sky, up to the sky

Dog and butterfly.

We’re getting older, the world’s getting colder

For the life of me I don’t know the reason why.

Maybe it’s livin’ making us give in

Hearts rolling in taken back on the tide,

We’re balanced together ocean upon the sky.

Another night in this strange town

Moonlight holding me light as down,

Voice of confusion inside of me

Just begging to go back where I’m free

Feels like I’m through

Then the old man’s words are true.

See the dog and butterfly

Up in the air he like to fly

Dog and butterfly, below she had to try

She roll back down to the warm soft

Ground with a little tear in her eye

She had to try, she had to try

Dog and butterfly

Up in the air, he liked to fly

The dog and butterfly, below she had to try.

She rolled back down to the warm soft ground

Laughing she don’t know why

But she had to try, she had to try

Dog and butterfly.

Words and Music by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson and Sue Ennis. © 1978 STRANGE EUPHORIA MUSIC and KNOW MUSIC. All Rights Controlled and Administered by UNIVERSAL MUSIC CORP. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

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