Look at me
You may think you see
Who I really am
But you'll never know me
Every day
It's as if I play a part
Now I see
If I wear a mask
I can fool the world
But I cannot fool my heart

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

I am now
In a world where I
Have to hide my heart
And what I believe in
But somehow
I will show the world
What's inside my heart
And be loved for who I am

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection
Someone I don't know?
Must I pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

There's a heart that must be
Free to fly
That burns with a need to know
The reason why

Why must we all conceal
What we think, how we feel?
Must there be a secret me
I'm forced to hide?
I won't pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside? oh


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Reflection Lyrics as written by Matthew Wilder David Zippel

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  • +2
    General Comment

    As a Gay in China,It's hard to face everything in my life, but you know, the feeling in your heart will never lie to yourself. So, finally i choose to be the real me. I love this song.

    luerdelphicon September 11, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I think this song is about someone who is ashamed of who they are, so they pretend to be someone else instead of who they really are. I'm a closeted gay (16 years old), and I can really relate to this song at this point in my life. It makes me cry.

    bsfan18on February 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    In my opinion this is the best Christina Song, only one I actually listen to cuz it actually faces something about how people expect her to be something she's not, which is something almost anybody can relate to. My parents try to force me to be something I'm not, like a catholic -P

    SongMeaningson July 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is about a girl (originally Mulan) trying to find exactly who she is, and Why she cannot do what she wants ("Why is my reflection someone else") and she wants to be her own person, an individual ("When will my reflection show") It can also be about a person who had a group of friends when she was very young, but as they got older, they all changed to be what the tabloids and media wants you to be, but she wanted to be different.

    brettnexxon January 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Um, actually, the lady singing Mulan is probably up to par with Christina. The lady who did the version of the song for Mulan (which, by the way, has different lyrics, but that's obvious) is named Lea Salonga, and she performed AS Miss Saigon and Eponine (spelling?) in Les Miserables on BROADWAY. So, yeah, stfu.

    Image In Nationon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song has a lot of meaning. It talks about how everyone tries to make u something that ur not. I can relate to this in so many ways.

    babyjamieon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It remind me of me lol

    SimplePlanRockson January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think this song was written about me.

    xx_sunshineon February 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It is amazing that she recorded this song when she was only 15, it proves the ability that she's always had to reach our deepest emotions. From the first time I heard it -2000- I related to it, because at that time I just got into college and I was suddenly "changing" my ways, but in fact I was only being myself for the first time...but everyone wanted me to remain the little girl I always was. Countless arguments with my parents...then acceptance...And I'm still in that battle with myself somehow, since I appear to be fine all the time, but in reality I hold a lot of emotions that no one knows about. If you have the chance to hear the spanish version "Mi Reflejo", it's even more touching...and how Christina's voice grew even stronger.

    Gabigson August 12, 2005   Link
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    The version with the Mulan lady singing is SO much better.

    SMUSER17002421on January 15, 2006   Link

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