Ginny in the Mirror
Del Shannon Lyrics


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Every night,
How I want to kiss her,
Every night,
How I really miss her
When I'm all alone in my lonely room,
And these creaking boards like the sound of doom,
In my pain I look in the looking glass
And I see,
Ginny in the mirror,
Ginny with the laughing eyes,
Ginny in the mirror,
Ginny when she said goodbye
When I think,
My broken heart's mended,
And this misery,
Will be ended
Then I hear a voice in the lonely night,
Feel a chill ‘cause there's not a soul in sight,
Turn around and look in the looking glass
And I see,
Ginny in the mirror,
Ginny with the laughing eyes,
Ginny in the mirror,
Ginny when she said goodbye
How long,
Can eyes keep on crying,
Just how long,
Can I go on dying?
Forty days feels more like forty years,
Forty nights lying down in a bed of tears,
Through my tears
I look in the looking glass
And I see,
Ginny in the mirror,
Ginny with the laughing eyes,




Ginny in the mirror,
Ginny when she said goodbye

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Ginny in the Mirror" by Del Shannon convey the heartache and longing of someone who cannot get over their lost love. The singer sings of how he wants to kiss her every night and how he misses her deeply. He is haunted by memories of their relationship and the sound of his creaking boards adds to his sense of doom. In an attempt to find solace, he looks in the mirror and sees her reflection. This represents his inability to move on and let go of the past. Despite his attempts to mend his broken heart, he is constantly reminded of his lost love by the voice he hears and the chill he feels in the lonely night. The singer is stuck in a cycle of heartache and grief that he cannot escape, as the endless tears and the memory of Ginny in the mirror continue to haunt him.


The juxtaposition of the lyrics to the upbeat melody of "Ginny in the Mirror" is intentional, and creates a powerful effect that emphasizes the contrast between the joy of the past and the pain of the present. Del Shannon's emotive vocals, along with the use of catchy harmonies and an energetic guitar riff, keep the listener engaged throughout the song. The repetitive chorus of "Ginny in the mirror, Ginny with the laughing eyes" serves to reinforce the theme of the song and the singer's inability to let go of his lost love.


Line by Line Meaning

Every night,
On a regular basis,


How I want to kiss her,
I desire to kiss her passionately,


Every night,
Repeatedly,


How I really miss her
I deeply feel her absence


When I'm all alone in my lonely room,
In the absence of company, by myself in a solitary room,


And these creaking boards like the sound of doom,
The noise of the creaking boards sound like a warning of bad news,


In my pain I look in the looking glass
To alleviate my pain I stare into the mirror,


And I see,
I'm observing,


Ginny in the mirror,
A reflection of Ginny, the person I miss,


Ginny with the laughing eyes,
Ginny's eyes that expressed joy,


Ginny in the mirror,
A reflection of Ginny, the person I miss,


Ginny when she said goodbye
The moment Ginny departed from me,


When I think,
During the moments of contemplations,


My broken heart's mended,
I have patched up my broken heart,


And this misery,
This excruciating sadness,


Will be ended
Eventually, it will be over,


Then I hear a voice in the lonely night,
Suddenly, I hear a voice in the deserted night,


Feel a chill ‘cause there's not a soul in sight,
I shudder because there is no one in my line of sight,


Turn around and look in the looking glass
I rotate myself and stare into the mirror


And I see,
I'm observing,


Ginny in the mirror,
A reflection of Ginny, the person I miss,


Ginny with the laughing eyes,
Ginny's eyes that expressed joy,


Ginny in the mirror,
A reflection of Ginny, the person I miss,


Ginny when she said goodbye
The moment Ginny departed from me,


How long,
What duration,


Can eyes keep on crying,
Can tears keep rolling down from eyes,


Just how long,
What duration,


Can I go on dying?
Can I continue to emotionally decay?


Forty days feels more like forty years,
Time feels like an interminable period,


Forty nights lying down in a bed of tears,
I repeatedly lie in despair for forty nights,


Through my tears
Amidst my tears,


I look in the looking glass
I stare into the mirror,


And I see,
I'm observing,


Ginny in the mirror,
A reflection of Ginny, the person I miss,


Ginny with the laughing eyes,
Ginny's eyes that expressed joy,


Ginny in the mirror,
A reflection of Ginny, the person I miss,


Ginny when she said goodbye
The moment Ginny departed from me,




Writer(s): Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman

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marty valens

Great tune

Shane Richards

Remember this B side should have been a A side

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