Song of the Day #4,423: ‘mirrorball’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my countdown of the songs on Taylor Swift’s folklore

#6. ‘this is me trying’

This, like a few other Jack Antonoff-produced folklore songs, has a pulsating bass line that reminds me of Joshua Tree U2. A very moody and effective bed for Swift’s yearning vocals and a song about romantic regret.

#5. ‘the 1’

“I’m doing good, I’m on some new shit,” Swift purrs in the album’s opening lines, preparing us for the tonal shift (and increased profanity count) on folklore. It’s tempting to pick through Swift’s autobiography to figure out which of her former flames is the subject here, but I read this song as more of a general coming to terms with mistakes and missed opportunities, and the choice to instead view them as treasured memories.

#4. ‘mirrorball’

This is one of the most lush and romantic songs on folklore, and one of the few that isn’t about a romantic relationship. Instead, as I read it, this song is about Swift’s public persona and her struggle to please fans and critics alike. At the end of the excellent bridge, Swift delivers one of the album’s most powerful and revealing lines: “I’ve never been a natural, all I do is try, try, try / I’m still on that trapeze, I’m still trying everything to keep you looking at me.”

[Verse 1]
I want you to know
I’m a mirrorball
I’ll show you every version of yourself tonight
I’ll get you out on the floor
Shimmering beautiful
And when I break, it’s in a million pieces

[Chorus]
Hush, when no one is around, my dear
You’ll find me on my tallest tiptoes
Spinning in my highest heels, love
Shining just for you
Hush, I know they said the end is near
But I’m still on my tallest tiptoes
Spinning in my highest heels, love
Shining just for you

[Verse 2]
I want you to know
I’m a mirrorball
I can change everything about me to fit in
You are not like the regulars
The masquerade revelers
Drunk as they watch my shattered edges glisten

[Chorus]
Hush, when no one is around, my dear
You’ll find me on my tallest tiptoes
Spinning in my highest heels, love
Shining just for you
Hush, I know they said the end is near
But I’m still on my tallest tiptoes
Spinning in my highest heels, love
Shining just for you

[Bridge]
And they called off the circus, burned the disco down
When they sent home the horses and the rodeo clowns
I’m still on that tightrope
I’m still trying everything to get you laughing at me
And I’m still a believer, but I don’t know why
I’ve never been a natural, all I do is try, try, try
I’m still on that trapeze
I’m still trying everything to keep you looking at me

[Outro]
Because I’m a mirrorball
I’m a mirrorball
And I’ll show you every version of yourself tonight

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,423: ‘mirrorball’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Maddie says:

    I have a feeling I’m going to be in relative agreement with your top 3, even though my own list has “This is Me Trying” and “Mirrorball” close to the bottom. I also very much appreciate the self reflection element of “Mirrorball.” There’s not a single song on this album without top tier lyrical value, so it really does come down to production preferences.

    • Dana Gallup says:

      Of these three songs, “The 1” is my favorite, and it may well be my favorite on the album overall.

    • Amy says:

      Thus far I haven’t been that fond of “Mirrorball,” but “The 1” and “This is Me Trying” are in my top tier. I especially love “The 1,” which was a great way to kick off the album. Your interpretation of it makes a lot of sense, though, for purposes of my ranking system, it’s about Tom H. 😜

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I would have “Mirrorball” and “This is Me Trying” lower. While I recognize that they’re good songs, they just don’t do that much for me. I like “the 1” a lot. A very strong song that would make it’s way into the upper half of my list.

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