Leon Russell — Magic Mirror
Album: Carney
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Released: 1972
Length: 4:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm standing by the highway
Suitcase by my side
There's no place I want to go
I just thought I'd catch a ride

Many people look my way
And many pass me by
In moments of reflection
I wonder why

To the thieves I am a bandit
The mothers think I'm a son
To the preachers I'm a sinner
Lord I'm not the only one

To the sad ones I'm unhappy
To the losers I'm a fool
To the students I'm a teacher
With the teachers I'm in school

To the hobos I'm imprisoned by everything I own
To the soldier I'm just someone else who's dying to go home
The general sees a number, a politician's tool
To my friends I'm just an equal in this whirlpool

Magic mirror won't you tell me please
Do I find myself in anyone I see?
Magic mirror if we only could
Try to see ourselves as others would

To policeman I'm suspicious it's in the way I look
I'm just another character to fingerprint and book
To the censors I'm pornography with no redeeming grace
To the hooker I'm a customer without a face

The sellers think I'm merchandise, they'll have me for a song
The left ones think I'm right,
The right ones think I'm wrong
And many people look my way
And many pass me by
And in my quiet reflection I wonder why

Magic mirror won't you tell me please
Do I see myself in anyone I meet?
Magic mirror if we only could
Try to see ourselves as others would
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pleasant to my ears BUT to SAD    5
Sad, it is to me, if you didn't know Leon as we did.
Hmmmm.....

"The sellers think I'm merchandise, they'll have me for a song."

Look around at our world today.  Look at the business models used by the likes of the Googles, the Facebooks, et.al..  Look at 'em and tell me they don't see you as exactly that?  Merchandise, and they have you for less than a song.  A cheap phone with an app.  I'm not being critical it's just a fact.  The man was prescient (or maybe clear eyed) in this, wasn't he?

So it goes.

Highlow
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 Skydog wrote:
I always felt that "Carney" was Leon Russell's Sgt Pepper

 

I count his Carney tour in 1974 as one the top ten concerts I have been to.  Maybe in the top five.
very pleasant to my ears
Legendary Style High Quality Artist
One of my favorites.
Wow, BillG, glad you got this track out there, great tune, songwriting, expressive vocals, great stuff. 
Comments go back more than 13 years!  
A lot of similarity to "Tightrope". I like this one better, though.
Whether one is a fan of ol' Leon or not,(I am) I don't see how anyone could deny that this is one hell of a fine bit of songwriting. Near perfection.
I didn't realize that Leon collaborated and played with some many other big names. Really a quite a talent. He played here 2 or 3 years ago, wish I'd seen that show.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/arts/music/leon-russell-hit-maker-and-musicians-musician-dies-at-74.html?_r=0 
 
Agreed.  Glad to to see that Leon was a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Member.
 

ozzie1313 wrote:
Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell both passing within days; two gentleman that were inimitable, one-of-a-kind musicians.  Sad, especially for us aging baby boomers.

 


Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell both passing within days; two gentleman that were inimitable, one-of-a-kind musicians.  Sad, especially for us aging baby boomers.
I always felt that "Carney" was Leon Russell's Sgt Pepper
jefferydelmar wrote:
Oh my - this is just the worst. Stop the horror.
"The left ones think I'm right. The right ones think I'm wrong"... If I think you're wrong, does that make me right?
Good to hear Leon's voice after soooo many years. Thanks for the memories RP :hug:
This song just makes me realize how much i loved my generation and their music, also how old i am getting
Leon ..... there's something about his voice that I've ALWAYS liked !*!* :mrgreen: (Neil and Bob too)
Originally Posted by jefferydelmar: Oh my - this is just the worst. Stop the horror.
tell me about it!!! I live in Tulsa and he is worshipped here....don't know why....
Oh my - this is just the worst. Stop the horror.