‘ I am a butterfly, something has changed,
Slavery turned to bravery and I have escaped’
- The STORY BEHIND THE Song -
In March 2019 Scott Nicol met Eileen Dong for the very first time in Houston Texas. He was struck by her story and her heart of compassion for victims of abuse and trafficking. He was very impressed and touched that she had her own non-profit organisation called Hope PYX Global.
Scott was on tour in Houston singing and was doing a little promotion for the song Hope for Justice so when he met Eileen his ears were wide open. When he returned to Scotland they kept in touch and he decided to write a song based on Eileen’s story. Eileen sent her testimony about being a survivor of domestic abuse and Scott edited her own words into the song Butterfly.
He knew it needed a female vocalist to sing ‘for’ Eileen as the song is her story so he asked an amazing young singer, Charlotte Rutter, to be the lead vocalist. As you can hear she did a fantastic job and sings so wonderfully on the track. He also asked Unoma Okudo to provide backing vocals. Scott had worked with her before and certainly asked the right person because she added so much depth and beauty to the song.
He also played on the track, but his good friend Samuel Gallagher from EssGee Productions kindly agreed to record, mix and play many instruments on the song. After the mix they needed the artwork for the single and the brilliant artist Katie Johanna designed the cover. Rishadd Moudden collected all the parts together to make it available for worldwide download. Colin Hyslop also provided his expertise for the promotional pictures and the super talented Martin Bone has put together a fantastic lyric video for Youtube. So you can see a fantastic array of skilled people are behind Butterfly and we wish Eileen and her team every success on the release of the song and may it help to further the great work of Hope PYX Global.
Scott Nicol, Oct 2019
Raising funds for the great work done by Hope PYX Global
The Sun is high up and shining at me
Now I dance on the summer breeze
I have blossomed no tears left to cry, I am a butterfly
I am a butterfly
I am a butterfly, something has changed
Slavery turned to bravery and I have escaped
Hopeless to hopeful, now I see God smile
It isn’t always easy but it’s worth it all the while
Once I had no voice, now I’m a lioness
Felt I didn’t have a choice, now beauty for ashes
Lived through the nightmares till the morning light
Who’d have known this valley would take me to new heights
My life has changed, I’ll sing my story to you
My voice breaks the silence like an arrow of truth
The unspoken rule was saying don’t speak up
But I am a survivor I have been healed by real love
Chorus // Bridge
I am a woman of words, they are coming to pass
One by one my goals are coming up fast
I am discovering so many great treasures within
I have marched in God’s Pageantry and now I win
Scott Nicol April 2019 / Eileen Dong (survivor story)