"Ghosts" as written by Robert Peter Williams and Stephen Duffy....
Here I stand victorious
The only man who made you come
When you cried, you cried for us
And when we died, you died alone
Gravity's calling
Don't go home
Where are we

Did what I could
For one of us
I always thought it was for you
And when I lied
Oh I lied for us
Because you never heard the truth
I am lying alone tonight
Don't go home
Where are we

If we are ghosts
(A long long time ago)
It looks like we could have made it baby
We are ghosts
(A long long time)
Me and you
We are ghosts
(A long long time ago)
We could have made it
We are ghosts
(A long long time)
Me and you
(Ago)

Look at the time its taken me
To get away from what was said
I'll never leave
I'll always love
You know that all those words are dead
Buried in yours tonight
Move aside
I'm taking you home

On the radio
She was that summer song
Packing them in
Making them dance
A law of her own
Taking the time to sing it
I don't need you
But I'm lost
I'm lost without you tonight
Have you no heart
Where are we
(Everybody sing it)

Hold
A love like gold
Then fold
They're taking down our satellite
We are ghosts
Josephine
I'll follow your star tonight
We are ghosts
If not tonight
Then when will she say
(Everybody sing it)
We're not ghosts


Lyrics submitted by XtinaB

"Ghosts" as written by Josiah Johnson Chris Zasche

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentHow can this not have any comments yet? This is Robbie's best work since Angels. It's stunning!
    XtinaBon January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree XtinaB! It's a very simple and catchy song. Do you know who "Josephine" is? And what's with "They're taking down our satellite"?
    Tom.
    tom_RW_pianiston January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've no idea who Joesphine is but I think the satellite bit is some kind of reference to David Bowie. Robbie's new album is quite 80s.
    XtinaBon January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah and this song is meant to be a sequel to the Human League song Louise- it's supposed to be Louise's response to that song.
    XtinaBon January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great opener to Intensive Care, it's simple indeed but at the same time holds such a nice melancholy that makes it really emotive and touching for me. Maybe because of the subject of the song, which I think is having come to terms about how time went by while you are still attached to an old love you couldn't get completely over, even when you both have moved on. The line "it looks like we could have made it" hooks me, it probably makes me think about my past decisions in life, what if we had put our effort and priorities to make it work instead of giving it up so quickly? Maybe we would have screwed it up, but we wouldn't be still thinking about each other and what we "could have been if we...". Ghost always reminds me of those past choices and how they affected my life. And how sorry I am lately.
    Gabigson January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCan't believe the lack of comments. He really needs to release this song- it's his best ever, forget Angels!!!!
    angelemzon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the comments about how good this song is. Really underrated and hard to believe the by-the-numbers 'Place to Crash' was released as a single instead.

    I remember reading a bit about the writing of this song in the book 'Feel'. The chorus originally had lines like 'in the fairgrounds and the coffee shops' IIRC in the soft-spoken bits that became 'a long long time ago'. I think the jist was that when you remember a relationship, you tend to visualise specific moments and places and remember them vividly almost like you're trying to relive it; then you have to catch yourself and face up to the reality that those people, at least as they existed and felt at the time, are dead - ghosts. I think there's also something of a double-meaning to the term, as Robbie/the narrator seems haunted by these memories and regrets about what could have been - he's become hollow and joyless, in essence a ghost himself.

    It's interesting the way the song alludes to other heavenly bodies like stars and satellites towards the end. The way I see the 'satellite' line is that when we're young or in a particularly intense relationship we tend to idealise love and treat it as some amazing, other-worldly thing. The satellite is what's used to discover the mysteries of all the things in the universe we wonder at and don't understand. Now that the man is a hollow shell who's been burned by love, he's given up hope of ever trying to reach or understand these things - 'they're taking down our satellite'. 'I'll follow your star tonight' seems like a last desperate clinging to something out of reach and intangible.
    Hollywood81on March 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis might be completely off-target, but I always thought that the lines

    "Josephine
    I'll follow your star tonight
    We are ghosts
    If not tonight"

    were a reference to Napoleon and his wife Josephine - you know the famous line, "Not tonight, Josephine"? I thought that because of the "if not tonight" part. And the fact that they died only about a year apart I thought made the line "WE are ghosts" also relevent.


    I think that the song's about a man only just realising how far him and the one he loves have come, and yet how much he has taken for granted.
    ButchCassidy7on January 13, 2010   Link

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