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I Stare Into the Mirror's Eyes

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This song was a collaboration intended to be a Rollo project. This preliminary version is a live one-take recording by Jonathan Ochshorn simultaneously using GarageBand software for the recording and my low-resolution Flip Camcorder for the video. Some piano and "strings" (GarageBand instruments) and background vocals by J. Ochshorn were added to the initial live recording.

Dan Smullyan wrote the verses and I wrote the bridge, in which appears the line: "Wise men search for reasons; fools they never try." Fans of South Pacific will recognize a Hegelian inversion of the famous line in Some Enchanted Evening written by Oscar Hammerstein II: "Fools give you reasons; wise men never try."

Rollo has actually reconstituted itself and recorded an official Rollo version of the song in Brooklyn (not yet released).

I Stare Into the Mirror's Eyes
Words and music by D. Smullyan and J. Ochshorn
© 2010 Rollo

verse 1. i stare into the mirror's eyes here in this sad hotel
a face i hardly recognize as tears begin to well
in all the million miles i've crossed of all the lips i've kissed
of everything i've ever lost she's the one thing that i missed

verse 2. i used to duck out all the time as young men often will
i told her "babe this ain't no crime just chasin down a thrill"
i should have seen it comin' but i'm bad at taking hints
the house went dark doors slammed shut i've been crying ever since

[bridge] i had my chances i could have turned around and stayed
instead of trying to fix mistakes i never should have made
i didn't understand it when she gave me this reply
she said "wise men search for reasons fools they never try"

verse 3. so i come home for one last dance of bitter-sweet delight
to see if i have any chance to try to set things right
i hang some flowers on her door the way i did back then
cause there ain't nothing i want more then to be with her again
cause there ain't nothing i want more then to be with her again

Production notes:
Song was arranged, produced, and recorded on Garageband software by J. Ochshorn. All instruments and vocals by J. Ochshorn. Instruments include some software instruments played live on a midi keyboard by J. Ochshorn.
Recorded at home in Ithaca, NY, December 2010.