Butterfly In Reverse

Mary-Ann
You’re better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl
I said, Mary-Ann
You’re better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Had a lot of girlfriends
I should have known them
Click your heels and count back from three
Do you want to go back?
You should have known
That the butterfly in reverse here is me

Mary-Ann
You’re better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl
I said, Mary-Ann
You’re better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Where’d you want to go to
With nothing beside you
But webbing and curfews and rain?
And everything that hurts you
Is locked up inside you
Like butterflies with wings
And other perfect things

We go swimming in the sunshine
Dangling from clotheslines
Separate and fall into me
But did you ever see me ?
Me, absolutely ?
Me, but all you, but still me?

Mary-Ann you’re better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl, I said
Maryann
You’re better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Words by Adam F. Duritz and Ryan Adams
Music by Adam F. Duritz, Charles Gillingham and Ryan Adams

Background Vocals by Ryan Adams and Counting Crows
Flugelhorn by Jerry Hey
Horns and strings arranged and conducted by Jerry Hey