Uh, I saw a butterfly in hell today

from Lil Wayne – God Bless Amerika Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Fitting in with the scheme of this song, life is unpredictable. Butterflies symbolize rebirth, the stages of life, and unpredictability. In this case, Wayne hypothetically died, presumably in accord to the hook’s sudden death theory.

Technically, the album cover is a moth. The butterfly line rather than moth shows that even the most evil of beings can change, showing that the once evil person in hell turned into a more pure butterfly.

Although one could look at this line as symbolic from the stance of seeing the butterfly, hell could really be the metaphor. In a world filled with wars, murders, rape, etc., it might as well be living in hell.

Another point of view of this line is understanding the “butterfly in hell” symbolizes a good thing inside everything bad.

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