"The Ghosts You Draw on My Back" as written by and Oervar Thoreyjarson/tynes Smarason....
The wind plays flute
Through the cellar door
And on my window sill
Plays a sad old song
I hope tonight
You will touch my hair
And draw ghosts on my back

walk the shore
To impossible
Shout at screaming waves
Shout at silent rocks
I think tonight
I'll dream of salty tongues
So tears drips down my leg

Lyrics submitted by bengt12, edited by smallwonderrobot

"The Ghosts You Draw on My Back" as written by Kristin Anna Valtysdottir Gunnar Oern Tynes

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  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful lyrics
    Elinon May 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about unrequited love. I see the first verse as a wish for a tender embrace, for this guy to "touch my hair". Have you ever had someone you love just kind of idly rub/scratch your back? I think that's what she's describing with "draw ghosts on my back". The second verse is the grim reality that this isn't going to happen. Instead of hearing the wind playing flute, she is shouting at silent rocks and dreaming of bitter, lonely things.
    Blackaron April 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is so haunting.. Slow, creeping, beautiful, this is even better than The Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records.
    Kakesuon January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, Bjork IS icelandic seeing as how she can't change that. I think it's beautiful sounding, the voice, the lyrics, everything.
    jogaon August 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is impossibly beautiful
    Narayanon May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe it's "impassible" and not "impossible" in that sentence.
    stuartrulezon July 04, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionSuch an amazing song. Her voice is incredible.
    Jawshuaon October 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the book "Rebecca." Windy nights, ocean crashing into land, isolation in big empty spaces once at least punctuated with love and happiness. Ah, props Mum, props.
    fishwizardon April 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commentdude why do icelandic people sound all weird and childish. i like the music though. wasnt bjork icelandic. she sounded terrible
    HoodRich_MoneyManon March 02, 2006   Link

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