Black Butterfly

by Lawrence Brown

Lawrence Brown (August 3, 1907 – September 5, 1988) was an acclaimed jazz trombonist from Kansas who achieved recognition with the Duke Ellington orchestra. Brown worked throughout his career as a session musician as well as recording his own solo efforts.




You're a black butterfly
With your wings frayed and torn,
Laughter's your's so is scorn
As they point to you in shame. 
You're a black butterfly
With your wings near fire,
But confess when your tire,
Is the candle worth the flame?
Your Queen of the Night
But with morning's early light
There's not a hear to really call your own;
So before it's too late, 
Change your ways and repent,
Take my love that was meant
For black butterfly along.
You're a black butterfly 
With your wings frayed and torn,
Laughter's your's so is scorn
As they point to you in shame. 
You're a black butterfly
With your wings near fire,
But confess when your tire,
Is the candle worth the flame?
Your Queen of the Night
But with morning's early light
There's not a hear to really call your own;
So before it's too late, 
Change your ways and repent,
Take my love that was meant
For black butterfly along.

Written by: BEN CARRUTHERS, DUKE ELLINGTON, IRVING MILLS

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