Kacey Musgraves Found Inspiration for ‘Butterflies’ From Her Husband

Kacey Musgraves got that fluttery feeling in her stomach right after meeting husband Ruston Kelly, so she wrote about it in 'Butterflies.'

Written by Kelly Brickey
Kacey Musgraves Found Inspiration for ‘Butterflies’ From Her Husband
Kacey Musgraves; Photo credit: Jamie Nelson

The moment Kacey Musgraves fell in love with her husband, Ruston Kelly, she immediately wrote all the love songs she could.

One special track she penned just weeks after getting to know Kelly was “Butterflies,” in which the singer channeled that fluttery feeling right back into the sweet, eye-opening lyrics. With her heart ready to embrace the romance ahead, she made sure even the sound of the song mirrored that uplifting spirit.

“‘Butterflies’ is one of my favorite songs on the record, and it’s actually the first song I wrote after meeting my now-husband. Everything from the lyrics down to the production really represents this floaty, dreamy feeling that I got as soon as he came into my life,” Musgraves admitted recently.

Giving quite a lot of credit to her co-writers and her beau, Musgraves knew “Butterflies” needed to find a home on the rest of the collection featured on Golden Hour. Thankfully, it made the final cut and she thinks that the track fully represents her journey with Kelly.

Saturday, in a sacred place where two rivers meet and join together, I married my best and surrounded by the deepest kind of magic and love that exists. I’ve never felt so tranquil and happy. We made our promises to each other under the trees and then drank and danced into the night. We couldn’t have done any of it without the help of our wonderful families and amazing friends. PHOTO BY @nbarrettphoto ……………………….. [extra massive thanks to Melissa and @evan_tate of @photowagontx + @bowsandarrowsflowers and crew for coordinating/planning/florals/styling and making everything a reality + @jbamn for the funny, personal and beautiful officiating, @peytonfrank, @allikdesign @unclecarl13 @leeuwnashville @thekindcake @indahevents @silveroakcellars Hair/Makeup by @carlenekmakeup + Ali at @thedryhousenashville We love y’all!] ❤️More to come.

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“I wrote this song with Natalie Hemby and Shane McAnally back in 2016 in the spring when I had gotten off the road and tried to get back to my creative roots of just writing again just to write and explore new ideas,” she explained. “I had just met Ruston, so my world had been completely flipped upside down, so this is a great sonic representation of that.”

“Butterflies” is one of the tracks off of Musgraves’ recent release, Golden Hour, which is available now.