The Friday Replay: My Version of Elvis Costello’s “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”

This is my version of Elvis Costello’s “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


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


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


Words & music by Elvis Costello

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One thought on “The Friday Replay: My Version of Elvis Costello’s “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”

  1. Hey, Derek. That was really good. I don’t know that many Costello tunes, so this one was new to me. I have one or two on my iPod, and love “She” from the Notting Hill soundtrack. Other than that, however, I’m kind of a newbie here. Is a this a colossal failure on my part? Do I need to hit up iTunes and rectify this immediately? *laughs*
    In any event, thanks for the tunes you post for us. Continued success with your music, my friend.


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