Butterflies and Hurricanes is a song written by Muse and included in their album Absolution.

Lyrics

Change everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called
Fights and battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Your hard times are ahead

Best,
You’ve got to be the best
You’ve got to change the world
And use this chance to be heard
Your time is now

Change everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called
Fights and battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Your hard times are ahead

Best,
You’ve got to be the best
You’ve got to change the world
And use this chance to be heard
Your time is now

Don’t let yourself down
Don’t let yourself go
Your last chance has arrived

Best,
You’ve got to be the best
You’ve got to change the world
And use this chance to be heard
Your time is now

Butterflies and Hurricanes – Muse – Meaning

The title of this song comes from chaos theory’s butterfly effect. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Mexico, it can cause a hurricane in China.

Matt Bellamy says about that song:

It’s about hope, about trying to find the strength to get through any given situation, I was trying to find a classical type of piano style that would be heavy and work with bass and drums. It had that sort of mechanical paradiddle thing all the way through, and then it breaks down into this kind of romantic, flowing weird bit in the middle.

 

  Change everything you are
And everything you were
Your number has been called 

The only way you can do well is if you change yourself.

It’s time to change and put the past behind. It’s your time to live now.

Your life is short and you  feels the need to “change the world”.

But the truth is that you don’t have enough time to do it

Another song where Matt talks about changes is Time is running out.

 

Dominic Howard says about this song:

This song is about finding hope and fighting things to make the best out of such situations. And this probably can be connected to a certain absolution.

 

  Fights and battles have begun
Revenge will surely come
Your hard times are ahead 

Yes, will be revenge against your enemies in the future.

But will not going to be easy getting to that point.

 

The single and little thing that you change in yourself, can start a chain of events that in the end changes the world and saves it.

 

  You’ve got to be the best
You’ve got to change the world
And use this chance to be heard
Your time is now 

The pressure people are put under, of others or even themselves telling them they’ve got to be the best.

You’ve got to change yourself and you’ve got to be better.

Maybe you’re not so good as you think you are.

 

 The changes need patience. 

The singer and guitarist of Muse says:

One of my favourite songs is ‘Butterflies and Hurricanes’ because it’s accepting that things are all over but it’s going fuckin’ go for it!’, d’yaknowworimean? there’s a few tracks that are trying to find that strength, the raw energy that keeps you going through that jadedness as opposed to just resigning.

 

Every action causes a reaction and that reaction causes another reaction.

Each and everyone of us, can change.

One little change can have so many unexpected repercussions and can make all the difference.

A small change you make in your life inspires someone to make a bigger change

 

 

Conclusion

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