Butterfly Wings

by Jim Page

Copyright © 1998 by Jim Page.
Reprinted by permission.


from the rooftop of the clouds 
you can see the curve of the earth 
sometimes you have to face your own mortality 
just to see what that's worth 
corporations of the apocalypse 
showdown at the break of day 
all you have is your bare hands 
but you face them anyway 
survival depends on the pendulum swing 
the future is riding on your butterfly wings

helicopter swingblade 
it can be a dangerous sky 
Jack the Ripper with a chain saw 
well he's been a busy guy 
they come with their machinery 
their axes and their shiny new blades 
and the wheels spin on Wall Street 
fortunes for the money they made 
conquering armies of the timberland kings 
maybe you can slow them down a little with your butterfly wings

these trees are a thousand years old 
they were here before Columbus 
no one has any right to cut them down 
no one among us 
some one had to stop them 
some one had to give it a try 
now you sit there so high 
you can look an eagle in the eye 
and the storm winds raging, the arrows and slings 
you'll outlast them all with your butterfly wings

time is on the run, and time waits for no one 
time is on the run, and time waits for no one 
no one, not even you

now the whole world is watching 
with wide open eyes 
racing into infinity 
underneath millennium skies 
stepping up to the cliff edge, looking over 
it's a long way down 
sooner or later we're gonna 
all have to learn to walk on the ground 
survival depends on the pendulum swing 
maybe we'll make it if we ride on your butterfly wings

Jim Page has a New CD out! It's called Gettin' Squeezed and includes both this song, "Butterfly Wings," and "Gypsy," his new song about forest preservation activist David Gypsy Chain who was murdered by MAXXAM. Jim says to order "send $15 in whatever form is legal and non-lethal and I will respond..."

Jim Page
Greenwood PO Box 30198
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 525-3713