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You are a butterfly

You are a butterfly
That is why
That is why
The laws of nature don’t apply to you

Ask any chrysalis you happen to see,
What’s the best time to emerge from a cocoon?
Never too soon
Never too soon
Never too
Never too soon
Never too soon

The egg becomes the caterpillar.
The caterpillar becomes the chrysalis.
The butterfly emerges from the chrysalis
and flies through the air with such magnificence
that he’s captured and preserved to be seen by one and all.
Placed in a jar with an ether cotton ball.
Placed on a pin for generations to see,
until he can free himself from death once again.

Rise from the pin
Rise from the pin
Rise up
Rise from the pin
Rise from the pin
and fly through the air, once again.

Who here is that butterfly?
Who among you is the one who captured him?
Who is the cotton ball, and who is the pin?
Are you the jar?
No one thinks you are.
Everybody thinks that they’re the butterfly.
So do I.
So do I.

Ask any butterfly you happen to see,
What’s the best time to rise from a pin?
Never again
Never again
Never again
Never again


from Small Star Seminar, released April 11, 2015
Words and music written, performed and recorded by Cory McAbee.
Mixed by Karl Derfler at The Shack.
© Copyright Cory McAbee 2015
℗ Published by Cory McAbee BMI



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Cory McAbee Queens, New York

McAbee is best known as writer, director, songwriter, composer for the feature films, The American Astronaut, Stingray Sam and as singer/songwriter for the group The Billy Nayer Show (1989–2011). In 2012 he began the collaborative, Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club. From 2012-2014 McAbee performed CAMC concerts throughout the US, Europe and Australia. In 2015 he created The Small Star Seminar. ... more

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