This Joe Walsh song is a little different from his other songs but I like it. It was released in 1985 the year I graduated so I remember it well. The song was over 7 minutes long but still got airplay where I was during those years.
The Confessor made it to #8 in the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts. His album of the same name peaked at #65 in the Billboard Album Charts.
Joe was dating Stevie Nicks at the time and Walsh used some of the same musicians that Stevie used on her albums…they included Waddy Wachtel, members of Toto, and Randy Newman. The song production is very eighties with the synths and drums.
If you look at your reflection in the bottom of a well,
What you see is only on the surface.
When you try to see the meaning, hidden underneath,
The measure of the depth can be deceiving.
The bottom has a rocky reputation
You can feel it in the distance the deeper down you stare.
From up above it’s hard to see, but you know when you’re there.
On the bottom words are shallow.
On the surface talk is cheap.
You can only judge the distance by the company you keep
In the eyes of the Confessor.
In the eyes of the Confessor,
There’s no place you can hide.
You can’t hide from the eyes (of the Confessor)
Don’t you even try.
In the eyes of the Confessor
You can’t tell a lie,
You cannot tell a lie (to the Confessor)
Strip you down to size,
Naked as the day that you were born,
Naked as the day that you were born.
Take all the trauma, drama, comments,
The guilt and doubt and shame
The “what ifs” and “if onlys”
The shackles and the chains
The violence and aggression,
The pettiness and scorn,
The jealousy and hatred,
The tempest and discord,
AND GIVE IT UP!