Love Is Like a Butterfly (song)

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"Love Is Like a Butterfly"
Single by Dolly Parton
from the album Love Is Like a Butterfly
B-side"Sacred Memories"
ReleasedAugust 31, 1974
RecordedJuly 16, 1974
RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
Songwriter(s)Dolly Parton
Producer(s)Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton singles chronology
"I Will Always Love You"
"Love Is Like a Butterfly"
"The Bargain Store"

"Love Is Like a Butterfly" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released in August 1974 as the first single and title track from the album Love Is Like a Butterfly. "Love Is Like a Butterfly" was her overall fourth number one on the country chart as a solo artist (and her third consecutive number one). The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.[1]

Parton used the song as the opening theme for her 1976–77 TV variety show Dolly!. She also uses a butterfly as the "W" in the trade dress for her Dollywood theme park.

A version of this song, sung by Clare Torry, was also used as the theme to BBC TV comedy series Butterflies.[2]

On November 27, 2012, Parton sang the song in a duet with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.[3]


  • Dolly Parton — vocals
  • Jimmy Colvard, Dave Kirby, Bruce Osbon, Bobby Thompson — guitars
  • Bobby Dyson — bass
  • Larrie Londin — drums
  • Jerry Smith — piano
  • Stu Basore — steel guitar
  • The Lea Jane Singers — background vocals[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 38
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 261.
  2. ^ "Clare Torry: Heaven in the Sky". RPM Records. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  3. ^ "The Colbert Report: Dolly Parton "Love is Like a Butterfly"". Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  4. ^ Dolly (Media notes). Dolly Parton. New York, New York: Sony Music Entertainmnent. 2009. p. 44. 88697 48086 2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.