Who Sang Deep Dark Truthful Mirror? Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello Spike cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1989-2-6
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Alternative Rock/Rock & Roll
length: 4:07
lead vocals: Elvis Costello
trumpet: Gregory Davis and Efrem Towns
mixer: Kevin Killen
engineer: Kevin Killen
grand piano: Allen Toussaint
tenor saxophone: Kevin Harris
baritone saxophone: Roger Lewis
horn arranger: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Declan Patrick MacManus
cymbal & snare drum: Jim Keltner
sousaphone: Kirk Joseph
tambourine & bass drum: Michael Blair
Lyrics
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

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

You chase down the road 'til 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 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
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

[Chorus]
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 a stare like a Persian cat?

[Chorus]

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 …This Town…
  • 2 Let Him Dangle
  • 3 Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
  • 4 Veronica
  • 5 God’s Comic
  • 6 Chewing Gum
  • 7 Tramp the Dirt Down
  • 8 Stalin Malone
  • 9 Satellite
  • 10 Pads, Paws and Claws
  • 11 Baby Plays Around
  • 12 Miss Macbeth
  • 13 Any King’s Shilling
  • 14 Coal‐Train Robberies
  • 15 Last Boat Leaving

  • Release information
    label: Warner Bros. Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075992584821
    script: Latin