A song written to play at the Butterfly Ball - to raise fund for a memorial garden

Added on Sunday 17 May 2009

I was asked to write a song by Ann Morgan; a good friend of both myself and Pat. Ann is raising funds for a memorial garden in Old Kilpatrick to remember all those who have taken their lives by jumping from the Erskine Bridge. Ann's husband Hamish took his own life in that manner.

Initially I drew away from taking on such a responsibility; I wasn't sure I was up to the task - however with a bit of help from Pat this song appeared. The words were always going to the most important part of this song; hopefully we have been up to the task. I sent Ann a rough recording of the song and she said 'We love it' - so that's great to know.

Words and music by Jim Byrne and Pat Byrne

You can't catch the butterfly

Your life is short, but beautiful
you do not fear the dying day
flying free, warm summer breeze
from flower to flower your path is clear

You display your colours, for all to see
and it's nature's job just to keep you free
but fragile thoughts are just like a butterfly's wing
so easily torn, and with a troubled soul
there's the pain that brings

But you can't catch the butterfly
it's always on the wing
so don't shed a tear
your memories will keeps them near

An innocent, magic man
so many gifts, so full of charm
you heard him laugh and tell his tale
gave his family love
gave his friends the same

You can't catch the butterfly
it's always on the wing
so don't shed a tear
your memories will keeps them near

Your life was short, but beautiful

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