Deep Dark Truthful Mirror cover
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror cover

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror Lyrics Meanings
by Elvis Costello

Rock
2008
795

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror Lyrics

One day you're going to have to face
A deep dark truthful mirror
And it's going to tell you things that I still love you too much to say
The sky was just a purple bruise, the ground was iron
And you fell all around the town until you looked the same

[Chorus:]
The same eyes, the same lips, the same lie from
Your tongue trips
Deep dark, deep dark truthful mirror
Deep dark, deep dark truthful mirror

Now the flagstone streets where the newspaper shouts ring to the boots of roustabouts
But you're never in any doubt, there's something happening somewhere

You chase down the road 'til your fingers bleed
On a fiberglass tumbleweed

You can blow around the town, but it all shuts down the same
Chorus
So you bay for the boy in the tiger-skin trunks
They set him up, set him up on the stool
He falls down, falls down like a drunk
And you drink 'til you drool
And it's his story you'll flatter
You'll stretch him out like a saint
But the canvas that he splattered will be the
Picture that you never paint

[Chorus]
A stripping puppet on a liquid stick gets into it pretty thick
A butterfly drinks a turtle's tears, but how do you know he really needs it?

'Cos a butterfly feeds on a dead monkey's hand,
Jesus wept he felt abandoned
You're spellbound baby there's no doubting that
Did you ever see a stare like a Persian cat?

[Chorus]

Writer(s): ELVIS COSTELLO
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror Meanings

To me, this song is an ode to a loved one who is lost, hurting, lying, and in need of a self-actualization. There are some things that can only be discovered on your own, and the day of reckoning is always fast approaching. Some day, we all have to face a deep dark truthful mirror.

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