T-Bone Burnett’s “House of Mirrors”

August 4, 2008 at 10:52 pm 6 comments

From Truth Decay, released the year I was born (1980)

He was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the church of Rome
There was a girl there who loved him and had faith
He loved her like a madman and he loved her like a fool

He got a lot of big ideas and fought his way up to Mad Avenue
He navigated that bizarre world easily
He did good work and he was smart
He knew his superiors, he disdained his inferiors
He was proud and dignified

And she waited

The more money he made the more he wanted
The more glory he got the more he wanted
His appetites were never sated

Everything he knew about himself he drew from what was around him
You know… this suit is you, this car is you, this studio is you
People were no different, people were also his mirrors
Often he was their mirror as well
Life became complicated and overstated and underrated

And she waited

The more power he got the more he wanted, naturally
The more women he had the more he wanted
His appetites were never sated

She finally married a wine salesman and had three children
Sometimes he thinks of her but it’s a gnawing, painful memory
Eventually, like Napoleon, he attacked Russia

This is off of the T-Bone Burnett country album “Truth Decay.” I’ve been listening to it non-stop in the garage lately. You can listen to the above song on my MUXTAPE, which is currently incomplete as I am building another mix.

I previously wrote about T-Bone Burnett here.


Entry filed under: (Correct) Lyrics, Music, Wonders.

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  • 1. Nate to the Rageous  |  August 5, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I put up one other comment tonight. This is number two. I haven’t read your blog in weeks!

    Important to watch.

  • 2. Robert  |  August 5, 2008 at 7:42 am

    “we likes you, Al Jardine”

  • 3. Tom Rabbit  |  September 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Huge fan of this song; thanks for verifying that others think so.

  • 4. Robert  |  September 30, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    This album is amazing, and evidence that actual country music was being produced during the lead up to the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” I believe T-Bone Burnett will fall into one of those unsung treasures of the music world, even though he is a famous producer.

    Do you have his latest album? I haven’t been able to pick it up yet.

    Also, friend, I’ve found it impossible to post a comment on your blog or email you. But I dig your style, dude.

    Palestine, Texas.

  • 5. sharyn  |  October 10, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    just a fan of everything j h (t bone) burnett ever wrote, ever sang, ever produced … such a talent. bar none.

  • 6. Robert  |  October 10, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Hey Sharyn let’s get married!

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