Chameleons and Butterflies

from by Adrian West

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A song about the risks of asking too many questions about how you are perceived in the world.


There's a window to my soul
Inside everyone I know
I've been gazing through those windows all my life

But I'm beginning to break free
Of their influence on me
I can't please everybody all the time

In the company of chameleons and butterflies
You'll find that I do not do well at all
Yet I don't suppose that I'd prefer to be with those
Who only want to pin me to the wall

In the halls of social grace
No one mentions to your face
Any words that might offend or bring you down

But they'll talk behind your back
About the qualities you lack
All the feathers in your cap are tumbling down

In the company of chameleons and butterflies
You'll find that I am not an easy sell
There may come a time when I'll be more inclined to buy
Into the little lies that people tell

I walk alone down by the water's edge
To find a little peace
And healing colors fille the sky

And perhaps it's just as well
I don't ask and you don't tell
Safe and cozy in our shells we carry on
We carry on
We carry on
Like nothing's wrong

In the company of chameleons and butterflies
Now finally I'm feeling right at home
For now I understand that there are things about a man
That truly he would never wanna know


from Chameleons and Butterflies, released June 1, 2010



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A blend of acoustic rock and World styles, the Adrian West Trio will treat you to an infectious mix of originals, covers and instrumentals featuring vocal harmonies, guitar, electric violin, bass, drums, and elegant use of live "looping”.

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