Mariah Carey’s Butterfly is one of the most honest, emotionally introspective albums ever released. Aside from the Prince cover “The Beautiful Ones,” all the lyrics were penned, as usual, by Ms. Carey herself. In honor of it’s 18th Anniversary, I’ve collected a list of the 18 most emotionally charged lyrics from the album that will definitely put you in your feelings. You know, just sitting there experiencing “all the feels.” Mariah has the tendency to do that to you. “Fly Away” (the “Butterfly” reprise) and “The Beautiful Ones” have been omitted for the sake of focusing on solely original songs. Be sure to read our other Butterfly articles, vote for your favorite song from the album and enter our contest, too!
On the surface, this line could be interpreted as Mariah feeling so much glee inside when she’s with her beau, but I think we all know the true, double entendré Mariah intended here. It’ll certainly leave you feeling a different sort of h-word-and-bothered. Oop!
This heartbreaking moment of hopeful letting go epitomizes the feeling of being in love when it just isn’t mutual.
If you weren’t already feeling lonely, abandoned and perhaps sexually frustrated, well… here comes Mariah to really make it sink in on “My All.”
Surely, this lyric will spark up feelings of sadness, lust and nostalgia for a love long lost. The metaphor of tasting sadness is a damn powerful one.
Recalling intimate moments from an innocent and seemingly youthful romance, Mariah instills the feeling of that new-love-butterflies with this lyric.
A self-explanatorily heartbreaking, send-you-right-through-it lyric to open up one of the most honest and saddest songs ever written. This list could’ve been made up entirely of lyrics from “Breakdown.”
For sure, this song and some wine will have you picking up your phone and making a not-so-innocent phone call or text that you’ll probably regret the next day. Or not 😉
We all have “skeletons” in our closets, and bad experiences we try to bury, and forget. Hearing Mariah deal with the effects of hers so openly, your mind is bound to wander and think of your own issues, too. Feels.
For everyone who’s happily in love with their soulmate and things of that gooey, romantic nature, this one is for you. Wonderful, weepy wedding song material. For the single ladies, this is another one that will have you in your feels because you feel #foreveralone.
Anyone who has ever felt like an “outsider” for any reason will connect with this line, and the song overall.
Here, she perfectly describes the pain one feels when you have to let go of someone you love, who just doesn’t love you back. You can hear the pain in her voice and it’ll break your heart all over again.
This line drips with passionate lust and longing, sure to enhance any momentary feelings of desire.
Yet another moment of lustful longing, Mariah will make you think about that damn ex lover you thought you forgot. #InYourFeelings
If this lyric doesn’t make you want to cuddle and gaze at bae, I don’t know what will.
The delivery here is equally crucial to what she actually says: this ad-lib from “Breakdown” perfectly exudes her feeling of suffering in light of recent rejection.
This lyric is a bit more Mariah-specific than most, but she is questioning if her love interest really cares for her, or just idolizes her – perhaps for her celebrity, or maybe just her beauty.
For anyone whose childhood was cut short due to unfortunate circumstances, this line certainly hits home.
This lyric has certainly struck a cord through the years for many of Mariah’s fans; specifically those of mixed race, and her allegiance of gay fans.