Song Lyric Sunday – Ghost by Indigo Girls


I am feeling a bit nostalgic today because it is an old friend’s birthday and she and I are no longer in contact. Back in the day (mid-90s), she and I would listen to the Indigo Girls during road trips. We knew every word to the entire Indigo Girls album (their 2nd, but first studio produced album) and would sing it. She would sing Emily’s parts and I would sing Amy’s. Those were some great times in my life. As a tribute to her, I give you today’s offering:

Ghost by Indigo Girls, lyrics via Metrolyrics

There’s a letter on the desktop that I dug out of a drawer
The last truce we ever came to
In our adolescent war
And I start to feel the fever
From the warm air through the screen
You come regular like seasons
Shadowing my dreams

And the Mississippi’s mighty
But it starts in Minnesota
At a place that you could walk across
With five steps down
And I guess that’s how you started
Like a pinprick to my heart
But at this point you rush right through me
And I start to drown

And there’s not enough room
In this world for my pain
Signals cross and love gets lost
And time passed makes it plain
Of all my demon spirits
I need you the most
I’m in love with your ghost
I’m in love with your ghost

Dark and dangerous like a secret (don’t tell a soul)
That gets whispered in a hush
When I wake the things I dreamed about you (don’t tell a soul)
Last night make me blush
And you kiss me like a lover
Then you sting me like a viper
I go follow to the river
Play your memory like a piper

And I feel it like a sickness
How this love is killing me
I’d walk into the fingers
Of your fire willingly
And dance the edge of sanity
I’ve never been this close
In love with your ghost, ooh

Unknowing captor
You never know how much you
Pierce my spirit
But I can’t touch you
Can you hear it
A cry to be free
Oh I’m forever under lock and key
As you pass through me

Now I see your face before me
I would launch a thousand ships
To bring your heart back to my island
As the sand beneath me slips
As I burn up in your presence
And I know now how it feels
To be weakened like Achilles
With you always at my heels

This bitter pill I swallow
Is the silence that I keep
It poisons me I can’t swim free
The river is too deep
Though I’m baptized by your touch
I am no worse than most
In love with your ghost (in love with your ghost)

You are shadowing my dreams
(In love with your ghost)
(In love with your ghost)


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Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

And for your listening pleasure, here is a live performance of Ghost:


Song Lyric Sunday is the brainchild of Helen Espinosa. Feel free to join us each Sunday!

7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Ghost by Indigo Girls

  1. I don’t know why I never really got into the Indigo Girls. I love every song I hear. Maybe it’s time to add them to my list. Love the lyrics and the song. Thanks for sharing!

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