HALL OF MIRRORS

"Like a thief in a haunted house"


Part of the Annotated Lyrics Horslips Project on Comebackhorslips.com
Compiled by Lee Templeton, San Francisco

Once you've been through the Tunnel of Love
It's the Hall of Mirrors for you.
Soon as you've shown you've paid the price
Then you can join the queue.
As soon as you're through the Welcome door
It's much more fun on your own.
Take a look in this one here.
See how much you've grown.

Softly explore each hallway and room
Like a thief in a haunted house.
You never know what you will meet next.
A monster or a mouse?
It's time to face up to yourself,
Come and watch your head distort.
This one's interesting,
Shows a crack right through your heart.

Once you've been through the Tunnel of Love
It's the Hall of Mirrors for you.
Soon as you've shown you've paid the price
Then you can join the queue.
As soon as you're through the Welcome door
It's much more fun on your own.
Take a look in this one here,
see how much you've grown.

Hall of Mirrors! It's fun inside.
Hall of Mirrors! Takes you down to size.
Hall of Mirrors! Where you can't hide from yourself.


Recorded On:

  1. Happy to Meet Sorry to Part
  2. Horslips Live
  3. Horslips, The Best of

General Notes

I once worked on the north side of [Fitzwilliam] Square in an ad agency after Arks, as the band was getting moving. Indeed, I wrote The Lady Wrestler and Hall Of Mirrors sitting at my desk when I was supposed to be devising campaigns for clients.

Eamon Carr, Interview to site, June 2006

General Notes from the Album:

Pretty psychedelic this. Jim had a state of the art organ with a glissando effect and he liked to use it. Onstage this was a vehicle for John Fean guitar workouts.

Notes on Horslips, The Best of..., Edsel Records

General Notes from the Guestbooks:

I may have made an interesting discovery on the keyword thing. As far as I can tell the word 'mirror' is only used twice: HTMSTP "Hall of Mirrors" and SSTT "Unapproved Road". Sort of an alpha and omega word, it would seem...

Lee Templeton, Comebackhorslips Guestbook, March 14, 2007

Annotated Lyrics:

"Hall of Mirrors"

A house of mirrors or hall of mirrors is a traditional attraction at funfairs (carnivals) and amusement parks. The basic concept behind a house of mirrors is to be a maze-like puzzle, but in addition to confounding the spatial senses with a labyrinth element, the visual senses are also confounded by the construction of the walls of the maze of optically reflective material, most often glass mirrors. Sometimes each mirror may be distorted into different curved, convex or concave shapes to give the participants unusual and confusing reflections of themselves.

Entry on House of mirrors, Wikipedia

The Annotated Horslips Lyrics Project thanks Eamon Carr for his transcription of the lyrics.

First Posted: December 27, 2007
Last Revised: December 27, 2007