Birthday Song: My Version of Elvis Costello’s “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”

Today is the birthday of the great Elvis Costello. To celebrate (not that we need a reason to cover an Elvis song here at “The Rant”) this is my version of “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”:

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Deep Dark Truthful Mirror

One day you’re gonna have to face
A deep dark truthful mirror
And it’s gonna 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
And you’re never in any doubt
There’s something happening somewhere
You chase down the road till 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 tigerskin trunks
They set him up, set him up on a stool
He falls down, he falls down like a drunk
And you drink till 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

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 her stare like a Persian cat

[Chorus]

Words & music by Elvis Costello

(Image: Click on pic for credits)

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