I’ll Be Your Mirror – A Song About Art

Have a think about these lyrics, especially in view of the possibility that Lou Reed was communicating his philosophy on what a work of art should be. In order to be “meaningful”, a work of art needs to be full of potential meaning.

If a work of art has a meaning, it will not be meaningful.

So Lou uses the metaphor of the mirror. Imagine if an a great painting could sing. I believe it would sing these lyrics:

I’ll be your mirror
Reflect what you are, in case you don’t know
I’ll be the wind, the rain and the sunset
The light on your door to show that you’re home

When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you’re twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Please put down your hands
‘Cause I see you

I find it hard to believe you don’t know
The beauty that you are
But if you don’t let me be your eyes
A hand in your darkness, so you won’t be afraid

When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you’re twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Please put down your hands
‘Cause I see you

I’ll be your mirror

(Velvet Underground)

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