"Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" as written by and Elvis Costello....
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

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
And you're never in any doubt, there's something happening somewhere

Well, you chase down the road 'til your fingers bleed
On a fiberglass tumbleweed
Well, you can blow around the town, but it all shuts down the same

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

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
Well, 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

Deep dark, deep dark truthful mirror
Deep dark, deep dark truthful mirror

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?

'Cause 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?

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
Deep dark, deep dark truthful mirror


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"Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentI suspect that most of us know The Truth. We know in our gut of guts what are faults are, those things which others so protect us from.
    stephaniejpriceon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"the butterfly feeds on a dead monkey's hand" wtf?
    james708463134on September 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentTruly amazing lyrics. At once casual and cruel and self-interrogating.

    I guess meanings-wise it follows the familiar thread of self loathing, drunkenness, regret and guilt.

    Regular Friday night party tune.
    JakeBrookmanon October 29, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about a close female friend. he's trying to spare her feelings, as she chases after hopeless situations, one after another. she's deluded herself about the man she's after, about her own intentions, and whatever drives her. she's trying to delude others, too.
    rsrs1491on December 04, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI appreciate this lyric for addressing it's audience directly and respectfully.
    sdz896542on January 01, 2016   Link

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