There'd Better Be A Mirrorball

Album: The Car (2022)
Charted: 26
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Songfacts®:

  • "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball" is a moody and meditative breakup song where Alex Turner documents a relationship that's doomed to fail.
  • So can we please be absolutely sure
    That there's a mirrorball?


    A mirrorball is a spherical reflective ornament traditionally hung from the ceiling in discos. It's unclear what the object represents within the context of the song, but one suggestion is Turner fears he's had his last dance with his lover.
  • Arctic Monkeys aren't the first artist to use a mirrorball as a metaphorical device.

    Elbow's in-love singer Guy Garvey croons about dancing underneath the moon as if it were a mirrorball.

    Taylor Swift compares herself to a shiny ball hanging above a dance floor. Like the spherical mirror-covered object, she is sparkly and adaptable, but shatters when her heart is broken.
  • Arctic Monkeys released "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball" as the lead single from The Car on August 29, 2022. Turner references the album title in the chorus.

    So if you wanna walk me to the car
    You oughta know I'll have a heavy heart


    Turner acknowledges their romance is nearing its end, but is reluctant to say his final goodbye.
  • Turner is the sole writer of the piano-led ballad. Frequent Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford creates a jazz-tinged soundscape with dashes of James Bond-esque pop balladry sprinkled in the mix.
  • The Alex Turner-directed lo-fi video shows the band recording the track in the studio.

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