John Palmes

 

Born To Be A Butterfly

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John Palmes
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Story

What did you think you would be when you grew up?

Many of us are doing something we couldn't have imagined just a few years ago.

This song is about more than that. It's about growing up to find you are fundamentally different in some seemingly unimportant way.

Lyrics

Born to be a Butterfly

Verse 1:

When I was just a little bitty inch worm, I was taught that someday we’d all grow up and fly away

A complete metamorphosis, that’s what they called it, we all would change our caterpillar ways….

    (complete metamorphosis means the body changes shape completely, from something like a worm to an insect shape with a head, thorax and abdomen.)

Chorus 1:

Born to be a Butterfly, I was taught that I was, born to be a butterfly I thought everybody was

Born to be a butterfly, a living jewel on nature’s cloth…

Born to be a butterfly but I turned out to be a moth

 

Verse 2:

I popped out of my cocoon, pumped up my wings

Let me tell you that it’s a chore to get out of one of those things

Imagine my surprise when I opened up my compound eyes and this is what I saw

    (insects have compound eyes.. that eyeball has many little lenses on it)

 

Chrous 2:

I had a fuzzy stubby little body, fuzzy stubby little legs, feathery antennas and eye spots on my wings

Born to be a butterfly, or at least that’s what I thought

Born to be a butterfly but I turned out to be a moth

 

Verse 2:

I tried hiding my identity, I grew a mustache, I shaved it off

But I’d stay up all night and sleep all day

Then one night those pheromones, brought their subtle message home

And now I’m proud to say…that I was

    (pheremones are chemicals, like perfume, that moths and other insects use to attract mates)

Repeat Chorus 1

Born to be a Butterfly, I was taught that I was, born to be a butterfly I thought everybody was

Born to be a butterfly, a living jewel on nature’s cloth…

Born to be a butterfly but I turned out to be a moth