i'll go away,
till there's no one around
then leave your house
when the sun goes down

plant myself
at the first bottle i see,
and pour a thousand
drinks in the dream

and you'll be gone
for one more day,
and i'll watch you slip
a little further away from us



and you were right
this place is haunted

change the locks
we are unwanted

drown me in your heat-shaped locket
and store me in your fur coat pocket

and you'll be gone
for one more year,
and i'll watch you slip
a little further away from me


Lyrics submitted by Zaphod77

This Place Is Haunted song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentWell, I think I'll put in my two cents.

    It seems to me like this song is about a man that is losing the love of his life. The laughter of the children, the "fur coat pocket"...

    It seems to me like the characters in this story grew up in a small town where nothing really happens. In this "nothingness" a little girl and a little boy grow up together, being childhood sweethearts or childhood friends. The girl has big dreams, she leaves one day to the city, comes back once in a while to visit family and friends, perhaps at this point already has a relationship with the man in the song. She's gone for long periods of time, then comes back...

    It also seems like the man suspects that she has found a man in the city, someone rich and of higher status..."as I watch you slip a little far away from us"...

    And "this place is haunted" meaning to say that the town is like a ghost town, abandoned and insignificant. This song reminds me a lot of Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.
    psychegloomon March 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are a few other elements to the song mos doesn't touch on

    The title: "This Place Is Haunted" can be referring to a house somewhere in Denver or anywhere with haunted houses, and there are plenty of haunted houses, but this specific house will be where his woman lives. It is haunted (change the locks/ we are unwanted) perhaps by a ghost, or as the song goes on, by the singer/speaker.

    It seems like the content of the song is also aiming to make the singer/speaker as a ghost, and invisible to his loved one, probably because of his alcoholic use. "plant myself at the first bottle I see and pour a thousand drinks in the dream" is a good line describing that. the first verse shows that he probably drinks every night, and during the day when people are at the house he has to "go away until nobody's around" then "leave during the night" for more drinks.

    And the same with all alcoholics, they repeat themselves, which might be more beautifully signified not in the lyrics but the repetition of chords musically. But the lyrics do signify it, " and you'll be gone for one more year/ and I'll watch you slip a little further away from me"..

    DevotchkAFaNon March 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA man drinks to forget about girl. He drinks to try and forget her for a day - but eventually he's still drinking trying to forget about it a year later.
    mos6502on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about a man whose wife has Alzheimer's... :( And he is drinking to deal with it. The slipping away for one day and then later a year is what makes me think of it...
    TheJade4on April 17, 2011   Link

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