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butterfly

i do declare, i think this is the first sheryl crow song i've liked since "strong enough" (and maybe the first sting song i've liked since "why should i cry for you" -- but it seems that this duet is a new version of a song she initially recorded alone):

my yesterdays are all boxed up and neatly put away
but every now and then you come to mind
'cause you were always waiting to be picked to play the game
but when your name was called, you found a place to hide
when you knew that i was always on your side

well everything was easy then, so sweet and innocent
but my demons and my angels reappeared
leavin' only traces of the man you thought I'd be
too afraid to hear the words i'd always feared
leavin' you with only questions all these years

but is there someplace far away, someplace where all is clear
easy to start over with the ones you hold so dear
or are you left to wonder, all alone, eternally
this isn't how it's really meant to be
no, it isn't how it's really meant to be

well they say that love is in the air, but never is it clear,
how to pull it close and make it stay
butterflies are free to fly, and so they fly away
and i'm left to carry on and wonder why
even through it all, i'm always on your side

but is there someplace far away, someplace where all is clear
easy to start over with the ones you hold so dear
or are we left to wonder, all alone, eternally
but is this how it's really meant to be
no, is it how it's really meant to be

well if they say that love is in the air, never is it clear
how to pull it close and make it stay
if butterflies are free to fly, why do they fly away
leavin' me to carry on and wonder why
was it you that kept me wondering through this life
when you know that i was always on your side

they look too happy to be singing such melancholia (except when sheryl crow -- who looks a lot like denise austin, i just realized -- is looking off dreamily into space), but i do appreciate that the video just has them singing together. i hate when singers singing duets have to act like they are in love or something. there's just something so ridiculous about it. sure, some singers can act, but... stick to what you do best. showcase your singing. don't turn a video into an exercise in self-indulgence. not everyone can be a renaissance type.

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