Mirrorball
Elbow Lyrics


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I plant the kind of kiss
That wouldn't wake a baby
On the self-same face
The wouldn't let me sleep

And the street is singing with my feet
And dawn gives me a shadow I know to be taller
All down to you dear
Everything has changed

My sorry name has made it to graffiti
I was looking for someone to complete me
Not anymore dear
Everything has changed

You make the moon our mirror ball
The street's an empty stage
The city's sirens, violins
Everything has changed

So lift off love
So lift off love

And we took the town to town last night
We kissed like we invented it
And now I know what every step is for
To lead me to your door
Know that while you sleep
Everything has changed

You make the moon our mirror ball
The street's an empty stage
The city's sirens, violins
Everything has changed
Everything has changed
Everything has changed

So lift off love
Lift off love
(All down to you dear)
Lift off love
(All down to you dear)

Lift off love
(All down to you dear)
Lift off love
(All down to you dear)

Lift off love
(All down to you dear)




Lift off love
(All down to you dear)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Elbow's song "Mirrorball" showcase the transformative power of love. The singer explains how his relationship has changed him for the better, even causing his sorry name to be elevated to the level of graffiti, a meaningful gesture of recognition. The intimacy between the two lovers is profound, with the singer planting gentle kisses that wouldn't wake a baby on the face of his partner, who also seems to have a guiding influence over his life, leading him to new heights. The imagery throughout the song is vivid and evocative, highlighting the impact that a true connection with another person can have on one's world.


The chorus of the song, with its repeated phrase "You make the moon our mirror ball," serves as a powerful metaphor for the couple's relationship. The moon is often seen as a symbol of romance and mystery, a source of light in the darkness. By transforming the moon into a mirror ball, the song emphasizes the way in which love can make everything sparkle and shine, even in the midst of the mundane. The singer acknowledges that everything has changed since he fell in love, and offers a message of hope and transformation to his partner, urging her to "lift off love" and soar into the heights of their shared happiness.


Line by Line Meaning

I plant the kind of kiss That wouldn't wake a baby On the self-same face The wouldn't let me sleep
I give a gentle kiss on the same face that haunts me all night long, the one that keeps me from sleeping.


And the street is singing with my feet And dawn gives me a shadow I know to be taller All down to you dear Everything has changed
As I walk down the street, my feet carry a tune, and the shadow that the dawn casts seems taller than before, everything in my life has changed thanks to you.


My sorry name has made it to graffiti I was looking for someone to complete me Not anymore dear Everything has changed
My name is now graffiti, but it no longer matters, as I was looking for someone to fill a void in me, but you have fixed that and everything has changed.


You make the moon our mirror ball The street's an empty stage The city's sirens, violins Everything has changed
You make everything magical and beautiful, turning the moon into a mirror ball, the street into an empty stage, and the city's sounds into a symphony.


So lift off love So lift off love
Let's fly high with love.


And we took the town to town last night We kissed like we invented it And now I know what every step is for To lead me to your door Know that while you sleep Everything has changed
Last night we made the town ours, with a passion that felt new and innovative, and now I understand that every step I take leads me closer to you. Know that while you sleep, everything in my world has shifted.


So lift off love Lift off love (All down to you dear) Lift off love (All down to you dear) Lift off love (All down to you dear) Lift off love (All down to you dear)
Let's take off together with love, all thanks to you, my dear.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: CRAIG LEE POTTER, GUY EDWARD JOHN GARVEY, MARK POTTER, MARK ELLIS POTTER, PETER JAMES TURNER, RICHARD BARRY JUPP

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@julieeaton2429

2023 and the sheer beauty of this song still brings me to tears ❤

@BrianLiptrot

it's great is'nt it , quality .

@tomkirk310711

Still listening in May 2019. I'm sure that one day people will realise the that this is one of the greatest concerts of all time.

@fffffffggggg11111

I remember watching it live, sitting forward in my chair, locked to the screen, hardly believing what I was seeing and hearing

@brianmcgonigal229

Feb.14 ,2020.Happy Valentine's Day everybody.

@jamessteven711

Every night since it came out june 2020

@allydougall6486

I remember watching on TV. I went to their gig in Edinburgh, Queens Hall, 2005, 800 or so capacity on the back of LOTFW roughly 1 week before my 19th birthday, I had never before and never will feel anything like that at a gig ever again. The emotion in the music and the feelings they generate especially in live shows is on another level.

@gshields73

Well said

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@michellenokes4619

Recently discovered elbow.....omg what a revelation!!! Have the CD on permanent loop, guy Garvey has such a fantastic voice.

@Youfugginwhat

The little smile on Guy's face at 4:55 says it all... and just look at the faces in the choir, there's not a person in the room that is not caught up completely and lifted to new heights by the gentle, simple beauty of this song... utterly stunning

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