• Devin Gackle

Songblog: Burning Mirror


"Burning Mirror" written by Devin Gackle, June 2017

Safe to say I've been a little busy; I suppose my life has been getting a little...movement recently.

After learning about the "burning mirror" myth, the wheels starting turning.

I wanted to use the metaphor of the burning mirror as a symbol that the "I" in the song is burning any ships that could take them away from the place they're stuck in, so essentially they're trapping themselves. They want to leave, but they're too afraid; ironically, they don't want to miss out on life, but their fear causes them to do exactly that.

So when they look in the mirror, it isn't a reflection of themselves; they weren't always so afraid, but being hurt and being lied to contributed to a downfall of confidence and trust in others. Eventually, the burning mirror becomes something with which to burn down obstacles, and let the ships sail on. Drowning fears makes room for opportunity and happiness.

In a nutshell, I want to face my fears head on. I need to confront the things that hold me back.

It's hardest to do that when you feel stuck, I think. It's like your "real" life is on hiatus, and then a couple years go by while you go through the motions, and you don't feel any different. You spent all this time waiting for it to be the right time, and instead you missed out on living.

It's scary, living.

What am I afraid of? At the moment, perhaps I'm afraid of losing my sense of security. But I'm more afraid of losing who I am by staying where I am.

I might be afraid of the unknown, but the unknown is the unknown no matter who or where you are. Maybe security is made up of the same illusions. You own't find out until you shed your inhibitions.

Is feeling safe worth missing out on everything life has to offer? I don't think so. It may be hard, but sometimes we have to stop playing it safe.

Set the world on fire.


Lyrics:

Let's go back to the ending to see where we could begin

A broken heart that's still beating takes time to steady again

I always noticed the roses, but a veil was covering the spite

I guess there was a resemblance between the truth and the lie

I'm just a burning mirror setting the world on fire

I wanna drown this fear keeping me from chasing desire

Maybe we'll meet in the middle and let it all fall open

Sometimes we miss out on living, sometimes we pass the moment

I thought I saw a reflection, a pair of familiar eyes

But the mirror was lying, another trick of the light

I'm just a burning mirror setting the world on fire

I wanna drown this fear keeping me from chasing desire

Burn it all, burn it all, burn it all down X4

I'm just a burning mirror

I wanna drown this fear

I'm just a burning mirror setting the world on fire

I wanna drown this fear keeping me from chasing desire

Burn it all, burn it all, burn it all