Shinedown's fifth single, "The Crow & the Butterfly," from their platinum-selling 2008 album The Sound of Madness, has a deep lyrical meaning that's as mysterious as it is beautiful. It's the story of a grieving lover and parent, and it's been interpreted many ways by fans.
First, some people interpret the song as a metaphor for suicide. This is because the crow and butterfly are symbolic of dark and light. Sometimes you have to let darkness overcome light, and when it does, it creates a powerful collision of the two. It's a beautiful thing, and it often makes you cry.
The second interpretation is that Patrick committed suicide because he was so broken up over his relationship with Pete, and he couldn't live with it. He felt like he would die if he didn't commit suicide, and he was afraid that if he kept living it would get worse.
Other interpretations include that Patrick was reborn after his death, and that the butterfly is a symbol of love, like the crow is for friendship. It's a beautiful concept, and it's one that makes me think about my own relationships and how they've evolved. Hopefully it's something that resonates with other people as well! And if it doesn't, that's okay too. That's the beauty of music: you can always find a deeper meaning in it, even when the lyrics aren't clear.