I hold you in my arms
As the band plays
What are those words whispered baby
Just as you turn away
I saw you last night
Out on the edge of town
I want to read your mind
To know just what I've got in this new thing I've found
So tell me what I see
When I look in your eyes
Is that you baby
Or just a brilliant disguise

I heard somebody call your name
From underneath our willow
I saw something tucked in shame
Underneath your pillow
Well I've tried so hard baby
But I just can't see
What a woman like you
Is doing with me
So tell me who I see
When I look in your eyes
Is that you baby
Or just a brilliant disguise

Now look at me baby
Struggling to do everything right
And then it all falls apart
When out go the lights
I'm just a lonely pilgrim
I walk this world in wealth
I want to know if it's you I don't trust
'Cause I damn sure don't trust myself

Now you play the loving woman
I'll play the faithful man
But just don't look too close
Into the palm of my hand
We stood at the alter
The gypsy swore our future was right
But come the wee wee hours
Well maybe baby the gypsy lied
So when you look at me
You better look hard and look twice
Is that me baby
Or just a brilliant disguise

Tonight our bed is cold
Lost in the darkness of our love
God have mercy on the man
Who doubts what he's sure of

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Brilliant Disguise Lyrics as written by Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentThe song "Brilliant Disguise" came out on the "Tunnel of Love" album in fall of 1987. Right before its release, Bruce Springsteen had been newly married to actress Julianne Phillips. Shortly after, the two were divorced and Springsteen took up with Patti Scialfa. He's been with Scialfa ever since. Given these biographical facts, it's hard not to consider what was going on with Bruce while he was writing "Tunnel of Love." Several songs seem to reflect the mindset of a man filled with doubts and regrets. Also, the video for "Brilliant Disguise" is stunning. It simply shows Springsteen singing the song with a guitar as the camera pans closer and closer to his face, revealing things that aren't visible from a distance. Marriages are like that. No one really sees what goes on from the inside, sometimes not even the husband and wife. That's why I feel slightly uncomfortable when I listen to this album. It's like a house of cards, ready to collapse at any moment.
    mark36on April 11, 2006   Link

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