“Dog & Butterfly” is a song recorded by the rock band Heart. It is the title track to the band’s fourth studio album Dog & Butterfly and was released as the album’s second single. The song is a more subdued effort from the band, differing from past hard rock-oriented hits, as Ann and Nancy Wilson pulled from their folk music influences. The song charted moderately in the US in 1979, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Although it enjoyed only moderate chart success, the song has gone on to be viewed as a classic and has remained a setlist staple consistently through the years.
The album was released on October 7, 1978 through Portrait Records. Heart rebounded from their legal dispute with Mushroom Records over the release of the platinum-selling Magazine in April 1978, as Dog & Butterfly was certified double platinum, spent 36 weeks on the charts, and peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200. The album was the ‘proper’ successor to 1977’s hit Little Queen in terms of musical development and direction, and contained two hit singles: “Straight On”, and “Dog & Butterfly”.
As Heart themselves noted on the album’s release, side 1 was the “Dog” side, and was the more “rocking” compared to the “Butterfly” side 2, which was all ballads, with the exception of the closer “Mistral Wind”, which, in many ways, epitomized the trademark sound for which Heart would be remembered: folksy ballads shifting into searing hard rock explosions.
Though the first song, “Cook with Fire”, sounds like a live recording, the liner notes to the 2004 CD say that it was actually recorded at Sea-West Studios along with the rest of the album. Audience sounds from a live performance were overdubbed on the studio recording.
The album was reissued in a remastered edition in 2004 by Epic/Legacy and included three bonus tracks from this period. The song “Feels” was later reworked and became “Johnny Moon”, included in the album Passionworks (1983).