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mirrorball is the sixth track of Taylor Swift's eight album folklore. It was released on July 24, 2020.

Meaning and Background

Mirrorballs are used as a metaphor. Mirrorballs are on the dancefloor because they reflect light, they have been broken a million times and that's why they shine. There are people like that too, they hang there and it entertains us everytime they break. When you shine a light on them, they shine, but when you don't, nobody looks at them even though they're still there. It's a metaphore for fame, but it's also about how people feel like you have to be different versions of yourself around different people, being duplicitous. It can become exhausting. You learn that everyone has the ability to become shapeshifter.

The lyrics "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." was written after she heard her performances were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. She tried to keep people laughing at her, by still writing music besides having an excuse not to.[1]

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Lyrics

[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 tip-toes
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 tip-toes
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 tip-toes
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 tip-toes
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
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


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