Mirror

by Porter Robinson

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Lyrics for Mirror by Porter Robinson:

Verse 1
Well, you were the aftermath
Of every judgment
So cold by the sweat that
You’ll waste away
And you carry your enemies
But they’re so familiar
I’m sick of the company
So I cull the shame

Chorus: Porter Robinson, Narrator
And I know you’ll say how I’m a burden
Yeah, do your worst all at once
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking (Thinking)
And it’s not the voice of all the others
You’ve only said it to yourself
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking
They come to feel like things we’re saying to ourselves

Verse 2
An inch from my ears again:
“You should be sorry,”
A solemn man:
“A better song could fix my problems”
I’m tired of your questioning
You’re cut down too easily
And I don’t know what’s good for me
I can’t decide

Chorus: Porter Robinson, Narrator
And I know you’ll say how I’m a burden
Yeah, do your worst all at once
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking (Thinking)
And though they sound like one another
You’ve only said it to yourself
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking
“Now these voices have become our own.”

Bridge
An inch from my ears again:
“You should be sorry,”
A solemn man:
“A better song could fix my problems”
I’m tired of your questioning
You’re cut down too easily
And I don’t know what’s good for me
I can’t decide

Chorus
And I know you’ll say how I’m a burden
Yeah, do your worst all at once
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking
And it’s not the voice of all the others
You’ve only said it to yourself
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking (Thinking, thinking, thinking)
And I know you’ll say how I’m a burden
Yeah, do your worst all at once
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking (Thinking, thinking, thinking)
And though they sound like one another
You’ve only said it to yourself
I know what you want from me, from me
I know what you’re thinking
(Thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking, think-)

Outro: Narrator
Sometimes, the inner voice is encouraging; calling for you to run those final few yards
You’re nearly there, keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going
It will all be okay in the end

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Song Facts

An upbeat, melodic song, “Mirror” is the third single released from Porter Robinson’s 2020 album, Nurture. It was announced the day before its release on Instagram along with a picture of a mirror. The exact time was revealed just an hour before its release, and a snippet of the song played in the album’s teaser trailer.

The song goes back and forth between two voices, Porter Robinson and the narrator. Porter expresses disappointment and criticism, while the narrator gives encouragement and hope.

Overall, the song is about Porter pushing back on his self-doubt. He talked about his inner criticism in a YouTube description:

“Mirror” is a song about the costs of being hard on yourself… It can be really liberating to recognize that most of the time, we’re only letting our own thoughts get in the way, and we can do something about it.

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