My Sunday Song – “Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)” by Def Leppard

For My Sunday Song #152, we are discussing the song “Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)” by Def Leppard off their 1981 album ‘High N Dry’.  The song was written by the late Steve Clark and Joe Elliott.  It is one of those deep cuts that sticks with you and at times you feel is even better than anything else on the album (at times, not all the time).

The song is up for interpretation.  It could be about two different, but similar things.  The one I like to go with is that the “Mirror” is that mirror on the table with lines of Coke on it.  As he is sniffing up the coke and the lines disappear, the mirror is suddenly staring at him and he has to face his demons.  It is a rather dark viewpoint, but the one I feel is quite plausible.  The lyrics in this verse is what leads me to that conclusion…

Mirror mirror 
Hangin’ there with that crack in your eye 
You make me stumble, make me blind 
Time after time and line by line 

The “line by line” part fits in to the theory nicely.  But the “hangin'” part leads me to the other theory.

The other theory is that he is just standing there looking in the mirror and it is forcing him to take a deeper look into what he has become.  He doesn’t like what he sees, but he feels so lost.  The anger builds up and he smashes the mirror into little pieces.  Those pieces are his life.

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Musically, the highlight for me is the Steve Clark riff that opens the song.  When I hear that first note, I know this song instantly.  The whole album has his signature sound plastered all over it. The song isn’t a ballad, but it isn’t a full blown rocker either.  It is somewhere in between in that sweet spot.  Joe Elliott sings it with the right amount of feeling that you almost feel him as that character going through the emotions.  There is a darker feel to the sound that also emphasizes those feeling.

Check it out and let me know what you think.  How do you view the song?  I hope you enjoy and have a Happy Sunday!!

“Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)”

Mirror mirror
Just watchin’ with your eye of glass
You’re just a fortune wheel
With something that I wanna ask

Mirror mirror
Got my fate lyin’ in your hands
You’re the fool, you’re the juggler
Hangman and lover, you’re not like no other

Take a look into my eyes
Tell me what you see
Take a look into my eyes
Tell me is it true?
Take a look into my eyes
Oh when I look at you
Take a look into my eyes
Tell me is it me?
Is it really me?

Mirror mirror
Gotta know just what you see
My crystal ball
You’re lookin’ so sly and so sleazy

Mirror mirror
Hangin’ there with that crack in your eye
You make me stumble, make me blind
Time after time and line by line

[Repeat Chorus]

Mirror mirror
Oh tell me
You’re the fool, you’re the juggler
I ain’t met a lover, you’re like no other

Take a look into my eyes
Tell me what you see
Take a look into my eyes
Tell me is it true?
Take a look into my eyes
Oh it just can’t last
Take a look into my eyes
Gonna have to smash the glass

Take a look into my eyes
Take a look into my eyes
Take a look
Take a look into my eyes
Oh yeah
Take a look into my eyes
Take a look into my eyes
Take a look into my eyes
Take a look into my eyes
Take a look
Take a look into my eyes
Look into my eyes
Take a look into my eyes
Tell me if it’s me
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby

Written by Steve Clark and Joe Elliott
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8 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Mirror, Mirror (Look Into My Eyes)” by Def Leppard

  1. Brilliant song from one of my all time favorite albums ever!
    Great call on the 2 theories. A pretty impressive set of lyrics that Elliot put forward considering how young they were at the time!
    Great post and kudos for not going for the biggie singles of this bands career!

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    1. Thanks. The album is awesome!! That is why it is my #1 (I think that is where I put it when I ranked them, I could check but too early). I don’t think I have picked any of their big hits. All deep cuts but maybe one or two but they were less successful singles.

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