You might wake up some mornin’
To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind
And if you’re quick enough to rise
You’ll catch a fleeting glimpse of someone’s fading shadow
Out on the new horizon
You may see the floating motion of a distant pair of wings
And if the sleep has left your ears
You might hear footsteps running through an open meadow…
Bob Lind wrote and recorded “Elusive Butterfly” in late 1965, and in early 1966 it reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also the adult contemporary chart. In Australia, it hit No. 2. At the time, EB was on the B-side of “Cheryl’s Goin’ Home” because no one felt that EB would be a hit. But when Cheryl met with a meh reception, DJ’s began playing EB and listeners loved it. Then the single was re-released with EB on the A-side. Bob said he wrote the song around sunrise after pulling an all-nighter in 1964. He wanted to portray the energy we feel when chasing after someone or something that may be a bit beyond our reach ~ the life-affirming feeling that is perhaps more profound during the pursuit than after we attain the goal (if we ever do). I can relate to this on many levels. (Wikipedia)
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