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"Reflection" is a song from the 1998 animated film Mulan. The song was performed within the movie's narrative by Fa Mulan sung by Lea Salonga.

Plot

The song is performed after Mulan returns home following a failed attempt to impress her matchmaker. The lyrical content expresses the way Mulan feels about wanting to show the world who she really is instead of pretending to be who she is not, but is afraid to disappoint her family by doing so. This scene takes place at Mulan's home in its surrounding gardens and ends in her family temple, where she removes her makeup to reveal her true appearance.

Lyrics

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride
Or a perfect daughter
Can it be
I'm not meant to play this part?
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family's heart

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am
Though I've tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride
Or a perfect daughter
Can it be
I'm not meant to play this part?
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family's heart

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Who is that perfect bride?
It's not me
Though I've tried.
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

How I pray
That a time will come
I can free myself
From their expectations
On that day
I'll discover someway to be myself
And to make my family proud

They want a docile lamb
No-one knows
Who I am
Must there be a secret me
I'm forced to hide?

Must I pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

Look at me
You may think you see who I really am,
But you'll never know me
Everyday
It's as if I play a part
Now I see
If I wear a mask
I can fool the world
But I cannot fool my heart

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight
Back at me?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

I am now
In a world where I have to hide my heart,
And what I believe in
But somehow
I will show the world what's inside my heart
And be loved for who I am

Who is that girl I see
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don't know?
Must I pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

There's a heart that must be free to fly,
That burns with a need to know the reason why

Why must we all conceal
What we think
How we feel?
Must there be a secret me
I'm forced to hide?

I won't pretend that I'm someone else
For all time
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?

Versions

Singer and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks performed the song on the Dedication Week of the sixth season of the show, with the performance she move forward to the next round. Actor and singer Darren Criss has performed the song several times informally, videos can be found all over YouTube. One of this performances was held in Manila, Philippines. Jackie Evancho also covered the song on her fourth studio album, Songs from the Silver Screen.

In La Voz... Argentina (the Argentinian version of The Voice), the Spanish version of the song was covered by Sofia Rangone. In Mexican reality show Reyes de la Canción, contestant Sheyla Osiris did a very acclaimed performance of this version too, in a medley with "Contigo en la Distancia" and "Pero Me Acuerdo de Ti".

Trivia

  • This song was meant to be much longer, but the filmmakers wanted to save time in the movie. In the deleted version, Mulan not only takes off her bun, makeup, and jewelery, she also takes off her sashes. Also, the deleted version shows Mulan riding Khan through mountains and a swamp.
  • When Mulan sings "Reflection" in her father's shrine, the writing on the temple stones is the names of the Disney animators who worked on the film, written in ancient Chinese.
  • Tony/Olivier Award-Winning actress Lea Salonga originally auditioned for Mulan's voice, but it was deemed "not deep enough" for when Mulan is impersonating a male soldier. Although Ming-Na Wen plays Mulan, Salonga was retained for Mulan's singing voice.
  • Lea Salonga sang "Reflection" on the Disney Expo right after she received the Disney Legend Award for being the singing voice of Jasmine and Mulan.
  • In the Lizzie McGuire episode "Random Acts of Miranda", where Miranda has a failed stunt as an actress in the school talent show, she decides to become a singer instead, and sings "Reflection."
  • The movie credits' version of the song is the first to stay the same on any Disneymania volume.
  • The film is credited with launching the career of Christina Aguilera, whose first song to be released in the US was the film's song "Reflection". The song was so well received that it landed her a recording contract with RCA Records.

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