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Lil' Wayne - Mirror

[Lil Wayne]
With everything happening today
You don't know whether you're coming or going but
You think that you're on your way
Life lined up on the mirror don't blow it
Look at me when I'm talkin to you
You looking at me but I'm lookin through you
I see the blood in your eyes
I see the love in disguise
I see the pain hidden in your pride
I see you're not satisfied

And I don't see nobody else
I see myself, I'm looking at the

[Bruno Mars]
Mirror on the wall, here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You've been my only friend
You told me that they can't understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin' to each other again

[Lil Wayne]
Uh, I see the truth in your lies
I see nobody by your side
But I'm with you when you're all alone
And you correct me when I'm lookin wrong
I see the guilt beneath the shame
I see your soul through your window pane
I see the scars that remain
I see Wayne, I'm lookin at the...

[Bruno Mars]
Mirror on the wall, here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You've been my only friend
You told me that they can't understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin' to each other again

[Lil Wayne]
Lookin at me now I can see my past
Damn, I look just like my f-ckin dad
Light it up, that's smoke in mirrors
I even look good in the broken mirror
I see my momma's smile that's a blessin
I see the change, I see the message
And no message could been any clearer
So I'm startin with the man in the...

[Bruno Mars]
Mirror on the wall, here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You've been my only friend

You told me that they can't understand the man I am
So why are we talkin' to each other again

Uh...

Mirror on the wall, here we are again
Through my rise and fall
You've been my only friend
You told me that they can't understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin' to each other again
Mirror on the wall

[Lil Wayne]
Hey B. P. Looks like I did take 'em to mars this time

[Bruno Mars]
So why are we talkin to each other again...

"Mirror" is a song by American rapper Lil Wayne featuring American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. The second bonus track on the deluxe edition of Tha Carter IV (2011), was released to Urban contemporary radio stations as the sixth and final single on September 13, 2011, through Young Money, Cash Money, and Universal Republic Records. Dwayne Carter, Peter Hernandez, Phillip Lawrence and Ramon Owen wrote "Mirror". Owen also handled production as REO of the Soundkillers, and The Smeezingtons. The song leaked online a few days before the album's official release in the United States. The track was produced three years before its release. Owen, with Mike Caren's help, was able to get the track to several rappers, who rejected it. Lil Wayne liked the song after hearing it, however, and his verses were added to Mars' hook vocals already on the track. Music critics gave "Mirror" positive reviews praising it for Mars' smooth, epic hook and Wayne's introspective verses. The hip-hop and rap ballad has been compared in its composition to "Lighters" (2011) by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars and lyrically to Wayne's single "How to Love" (2011) from the same album. Its lyrics describe the downfalls of life, as well as Wayne's upbringing, state of mind, past choices and personal life. "Mirror" debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom. It also peaked in the top 15 of Denmark, Netherlands, and appeared on charts in Switzerland, and Belgium (Flanders). It has been certified platinum in Australia and the United States. In Denmark, it received two different certifications, gold for units shipped, and two times platinum for its streaming numbers. Antoine Fuqua directed the accompanying music video, filmed in November 2011, with visual effects created by GloriaFX. It depicts Wayne throwing red, black and white paint on the walls of a room creating an undefined painting, while Mars sings on top of a ladder. The video ends with a scene showing a painting of Wayne, toned in red, crucified on the cross holding a mic in his left hand. Critics complimented its aesthetics. Wayne performed the song during his tour in Australia.

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