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This song was inspired by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French fashion magazine editor and the author of the international best seller on which the film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is based. In his early 40s, Bauby suffered a stroke that left him in a rare affliction called “locked-in syndrome.” With the help of a speech therapist, Bauby learned to use his left eyelid as a means of communication, which is how he authored his book.
This is a song about the power of imagination, and how thoughts and creative ideas have a life of their own. Part of it is heaven-sent, where you just wake up with a great idea (the butterfly). But sharing it with others is hard work (the bee).
I also wanted to experiment with melody using only two chords.



Thoughts flit from blossom to blossom
Drinking up golden pollen
Trying to get to the bottom
Of what’s happening here in the garden

From cocoon ideas release
New wings permit me with ease
To light on petals that tease,
“drink all the nectar you please”

Dreams ought to live free
A transformation others can’t see
Part butterfly, part bee
Angels release you on the shores of the sea

This gathering thrills me, on flowers I sit!
No, not one regret
A dreamer I’ve been and yet
I willingly enter your net

Copyright 2012 Shawn Waggoner


from Goodbye Raven, released September 7, 2012



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Shawn Waggoner Colorado

Shawn Waggoner began her music career in Austin, as the lead singer of the successful blues band, Blue Recluse. In '97, the band went on hiatus and Waggoner composed songs for her first cd, Contemplating Cacti. With a new focus on original, acoustic music, Waggoner teamed up with bassist David Farrell for three more cds. Each made its mark on the alternative-folk and Americana genres. ... more

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