Two-Way Mirror

by Alex Apolline Amateur

SONG LYRICS

baby you can’t trust your foolish mind
untethered running wild
darkness in disguise

roots grow deeper than i think you know
surface level
murky undergrowth

laced with poison
inject icy flames
light me up
and i’ll ignore the pain

you’re a two-way mirror
you keep one side dimmer
split like the moon
you show one half of you

guess i’m still her
locked in silver
guess i’m still her
guess i’m still her

baby you know that it’s dark inside
keep emitting light
run but you cant hide

you’re a two-way mirror
you keep one side dimmer
split like the moon
you show one half of you

guess i’m still her
locked in silver
guess i’m still her
guess i’m still her

i see right through you
see the prison sentence
intoxicated
by your effervescence
war of body war of mind
disconnect and remain blind
to all that’s underneath
smiling through your teeth

you’re a two-way mirror
you keep one side dimmer
split like the moon
you show one half of you
you’re a two-way mirror
you keep one side dimmer
split like the moon
you show one half of you

guess i’m still her
locked in silver
guess i’m still her
guess i’m still her

DESCRIPTION
Often we find ourselves rejecting our darker parts - deeming them as unacceptable, unworthy and unloveable. In reality, this imperfection makes us human. We paint our shadow side with weakness rather than strength, failing to recognise vulnerability as the foundation for intimacy; the honest, deep connection with others that deep down, we all crave. Filled with shame, we find ways to numb from who we truly are - or, more so, the version of ourselves the inner critic paints. Addiction, distraction, using social media to show only our good sides - running from ourselves leads to running from others; isolating when we aren’t able to shine only our brightest light. The song draws inspiration from Carl Jung’s theory of the shadow self combined with the phenomenon of a two-way mirror. A repressed self is encased in the thin metal layer inside the mirror, forming the surface that when brightly lit on one side, masks the darker counterpart. We are not defined by our flaws, our illness, our weakness - even when we feel imprisoned by them, unable to see where reality ends and fantasy begins. Yet embracing and connecting to these hidden parts allow us to be fully whole and present - with both ourselves and others. ‘Two-Way Mirror’ comments on this universal experience, a realisation that sometimes the walls we build are no longer protective, but destructive - depriving us of self-acceptance, authentic connection, and living an un-fragmented life.
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