"I'm Not Calling You a Liar" as written by Florence Leontine Mary Welch and Isabella Janet Florentina Summers....
I'm not calling you a liar
Just don't lie to me
I'm not calling you a thief
Just don't steal from me
I'm not calling you a ghost
Just stop haunting me
And I love you so much
I'm gonna let you
Kill me

There's a ghost in my lungs
And it sighs in my sleep
Wraps itself around my tongue
As it softly speaks
Then it walks then it walks with my legs

To fall
To fall
To fall at your feet
Oh but for the grace of god go on
And when you kiss me I'm happy enough to die

I'm not calling you a liar
Just don't lie to me
And I love you so much
I'm gonna let you
I'm not calling you a thief
Just don't
And I love you so much
I'm gonna let you
Oh
I'm not calling you a ghost
Just don't

There's a ghost in my mouth
And it talks in my sleep
Wraps itself around my tongue
As it softly speaks
Then it walks then it walks
Then it walks with my legs

To fall
To fall
To fall
To fall
To fall
To fall at your feet
Oh but for the grace of god go on
And when you kiss me I'm happy enough


Lyrics submitted by liliroze, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"I'm Not Calling You a Liar" as written by Isabella Janet Florentina Summers Florence Leontine Mary Welch

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  • +3
    My InterpretationIf I had to sum up the meaning of this song in a single sentence, I'd say this: the "ghost" is a metaphor for love.

    If the song was originally called 'ghost', it's telling us that the "ghost" metaphor is what the song is really about.

    The singer describes the ghost as follows: it's something that haunts her; it makes her sigh in her sleep (it's in her lungs) and it makes her say things she wouldn't normally say (it's wrapped around her tongue); it even makes her walk up to someone (it walks with her legs) and fall down at their feet.

    If there is such a thing that makes her dream about someone, makes her happy enough to die when they kiss her, makes her sigh at night, makes her say and do things she wouldn't normally say or do, makes her fall down before someone -- if there is such a thing, it is love.
    Fortunatuson March 23, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think she IS in love, but with someone who she KNOWS will lie to her, and emotionally steal from her. She KNOWS this will happen, but lets herself be taken by him anyway.

    Sometimes you know what the outcome will be, and can't stop.
    brelansmamaon December 17, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationSo, I was listening to this song right now and I think the "ghost" she's talking about is her heart.

    "There's a ghost in my lungs
    And it sighs in my sleep,
    Wraps itself around my tongue,
    As it softly speaks
    Then it walks, then it walks with my legs"


    She's in love with this guy but her mind is telling her he's gonna lie to her or steal from her while her heart is convincing her that he's not a liar or thief. Although she's trying to get away from him and avoid the feelings she keeps being dragged in by her love for this man. Her heart is causing him to haunt her dreams. Her heart is speaking for her. Her heart is leading her back to him. Her heart is playing the part of a ghost.
    bdance95on July 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy does this song not have more comments? It's so beautiful.

    To me, the song is about a dysfunctional relationship. The singer is deeply and madly in love, but their partner abuses that (either knowingly or unknowingly). The singer is aware of it, but helpless to get out or stop it.
    Fionnon March 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me the song is about still trying to get over an old ex
    the line 'i'm not calling you a ghost but stop haunting me' says it all
    than again i think interpretations of songs also says something about you
    TrampVampon January 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was 'let it waltz, let it waltz, let it waltz with my legs'
    Seems kind of silly now, but I think I prefer it that way, anyway :)
    riseariseon April 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my interpretation-thing:

    "I'm not calling you a liar,
    Just don't lie to me.
    I'm not calling you a thief,
    Just don't steal from me,
    I'm not calling you a ghost,
    Just stop haunting me,"

    I'm not entirely sure about this part, really. It sounds rather like she's begging her lover to be kind to her; I think he has hurt her before several times in the past.

    "And I love you so much,
    I'm gonna let you,
    Kill me."

    This is saying that she loves him despite the fact that he is no good for her, that he'll wind up killing her in the end.

    "There's a ghost in my lungs
    And it sighs in my sleep,
    Wraps itself around my tongue,
    As it softly speaks
    Then it walks, then it walks with my legsTo Fall,
    To Fall,
    To Fall, at your feet."

    I think the ghost she's talking about is kind of like this love inside her, the love she has for the man, but she doesn't really want to love him because of the fact that he's hurting her, but she doesn't really have a choice. The "ghost" is controlling her, and taking her to him in a submissive kind of way ("to fall at your feet"). And I think the rest of the song just repeats this.

    "And when you kiss me, I'm happy enough"

    His occasional kindness and love is enough to make her stay with him, despite everything.
    waittilyouseemysmileon November 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't this song called 'ghosts'?
    cosmicloveon August 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe demo was called Ghosts, but on the album it's called 'I'm Not Calling You A Liar'.

    This is my favourite song on Lungs, next to 'Falling'. (:
    laneeon September 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "oh, but for the grace of god go *I*" not "on"
    artsluton September 19, 2009   Link

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