"Ghost" as written by and Mark S/shakur Jordan....
The leather soles go shuffling in,
Stinking of smoke and ten cent gin.
Now who will toast our noble host that has this morning given up the ghost?

The wooden coffer hand to hand.
Kind words are offered, silent prayers.
But she is satisfied the most while stabbing madly at the roast.

The rib of Adam, the eyes of Eve.
The sons of Cain receive no reprieve.

The creditor rides with his men.
The death of debtors he won't forgive.
They repossess his silver eyes, now in the potter's field he lies.

The rib of Adam, the eyes of Eve.
The sons of Cain receive no reprieve.

Waiting for a dead man's shoes.
Have you heard the latest news?
Lazarus is back from the dead looking as one would expect.
Dripping with the waters of Sheol.
Babbling about body and soul.
And Then he found his wife in their bed buck naked and already wed.

The tax collector beneath his sheets.
The door swings open. Floorboards creak.
Now who will toast our noble host who has this morning given up the ghost?

The rib of Adam, the eyes of Eve.
The sons of Cain receive no reprieve.


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"Ghost" as written by David Alan Hughes

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    My OpinionOk...here's what I have. To "Give Up The Ghost" means to die. So, the host (the person who gathers people together) is the Husband/Dead Guy. It's his funeral who has gathered them together so he is "The Host" who has "Given Up The Ghost" (died). The Tax Collector won't forgive someone's debt just because they died (The death of debtors, He won't forgive) so he rides out w/ his men and takes the silver off of their eyes (the one's used to pay the Ferryman, as Wilks pointed out)which is why he's stuck here. Now, the Lazarus reference, in John, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead after being down for 4 days. Also, "dripping with the waters of Sheol", Sheol used to be the name of the place that sould went to before there was a Heaven (thank you, 5 years of Catholic School and 2 years of being an alter boy), so Lazarus is back and dripping w/ soul juice....I think that the Lazarus referance indicates that maybe the Lord himself had a hand in all of this business. The people who stink of smoke and 10 cent gin are the people at the funeral. The woman who is "staring madly at the roast" is the murderer. Now, the rib of Adam created the eyes of Eve by being the source of her creation. So, since Adam created Eve w/ his rib, she n turn creates Cain & Abel. And one murders the other, however gets women and his own place (?) but isn't heald responsible. So neither, in this case, is the murderer. Am I making sense here? Lemme know.
    Fantomas77on October 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favourites from Blast Tyrant. I think the acoustic guitar is reallt effective.
    Silverdewon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI second that
    BrentReynoldson May 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree too, this song is by far one of the best, Regulator too is great.

    I don't really know how this song ties into the theme of the whole CD, where the Conscientious Objector Wormdrink is fleeing from the evil Blast Tyrant and his ship the Swollen Goat. Wormdrink himself is just that, a conscientious objector that doesn't want to fight the war for his nation, run by the War Monger (Blast Tyrant). Once over I am not sure how Eulogy for a Ghost plays into this, but here's my interpretation of it.

    A greedy tax collector and a vile Wife plan to kill her husband in order to gain his inheritance. This is stated supported by a wooden coffer (or small vault/moneys) being handed to her after the silent prayer (his burial).
    It seems that they had just killed the husband that morning (who has this morning given up the ghost). The fact that the creditor helped her is supported by the "repossession of his silver eyes, and in the potters field he lies."

    More toward the end the ghost comes back to realize what has been done, and he does not find peace. His wife sleeping with the creditor in their own bed.

    "The Sons of Cain receive no reprieve" - The commiters of this murder will not have to pay for their deeds.

    Mael~
    maelstromkingon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree too, this song is by far one of the best, Regulator too is great.

    I don't really know how this song ties into the theme of the whole CD, where the Conscientious Objector Wormdrink is fleeing from the evil Blast Tyrant and his ship the Swollen Goat. Wormdrink himself is just that, a conscientious objector that doesn't want to fight the war for his nation, run by the War Monger (Blast Tyrant). Once over I am not sure how Eulogy for a Ghost plays into this, but here's my interpretation of it.

    A greedy tax collector and a vile Wife plan to kill her husband in order to gain his inheritance. This is stated supported by a wooden coffer (or small vault/moneys) being handed to her after the silent prayer (his burial).
    It seems that they had just killed the husband that morning (who has this morning given up the ghost). The fact that the creditor helped her is supported by the "repossession of his silver eyes, and in the potters field he lies."

    More toward the end the ghost comes back to realize what has been done, and he does not find peace. His wife sleeping with the creditor in their own bed.

    "The Sons of Cain receive no reprieve" - The commiters of this murder will not have to pay for their deeds.

    Mael~
    maelstromkingon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe whole thing deals with the crucifiction of christ.

    The first bit on the leather soles. That deals with everyone comes to church on Easter Sunday. Toasting the noble host who gave up the ghost is the eucharist in honor of Jesus.

    The wooden coffer section. Passing the offering.

    The creditor and debtor parts. Judas was given 30 silver coins for the betrayal and when he hanged himself, gave the money back. The synagogue leaders bought a field for graves that was before used for pottery clay. Potter's field.

    The whole song is about the superficiality of supposed believers. No matter all this sacrifice, the sons of Cain and descendants of Adam and Eve are still burdened by life.
    division2roninon April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe part about the reposetion of the silver eyes is probably refering to the practice of puting coins over the eyes of the dead in order to pay the ferryman to take them across the river styx. The fact that the ghost comes back may have something to due with the fact he couldnt cross the river into the land of the dead because he couldnt pay the ferryman, so his soul remains where he was buried, in the potter's field.
    Wilkson March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts almost like a sequel or prequel to the regulator to me since in that song he is talking about a cheating wife, so to me regulator is the revenge song for this.
    DTRSsouthon July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSince Blast Tyrant is a concept album I'd buy that this song ties to "The Regulator." I wouldn't call it a prequel/sequel though. It ties to "The Regulator" in the same way that Big News I, II, and III all tie together.

    As far as story and imagery are concerned, the above two posts have it nailed down pretty well.
    UnFaithfulAtheiston February 13, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm not sure how accurate this is but to me it seems to correspond a lot with the story of the Earp brothers with the murder of Morgan Earp and the ensuing vendetta ride.
    The Sons of Cain and the Tax Collector representing the cowboys and their leader.
    I'm not certain but that's the story it tells to me
    Llamawithahaton June 11, 2015   Link

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