"Misguided Ghosts" as written by Hayley Williams, Josh Farro and Taylor York...
I'm going away for a while
But I'll be back, don't try and follow me
Cause I'll return as soon as possible
See I'm trying to find my place
But it might not be here where I feel safe
We all learn to make mistakes

And run
From them, from them
With no direction
We'll run from them, from them
With no conviction

Cause I'm just one of those ghosts
Traveling endlessly
Don't need no roads
In fact they follow me

And we just go in circles

Well now I'm told that this is life
And pain is just a simple compromise
So we can get what we want out of it
Would someone care to classify,
Our broken hearts and twisted minds
So I can find someone to rely on

And run
To them, to them
Full speed ahead
Oh you are not, useless
We are just

Misguided ghosts
Traveling endlessly
The ones we trusted the most
Pushed us far away
And there's no one road
And we should not be the same
But I'm just a ghost
And still they echo me

They echo me in circles


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"Misguided Ghosts" as written by Hayley Nichole Williams Hayley Williams

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  • +6
    General CommentI'll tell you what this song means.

    There are 2 underlaying themes to this song.

    She's singing about how she's lost, and at times doesn't know what to do with herself. Doesn't know who she is or who she is trying to be, or even who she wants to be. People put her up on a pedistal and think she's got everything figured out. She doesn't. She'd like every other teenager and 21 year old. She doesn't know what the fuck to do or what to think, she's figuring it out and growing right along with EVERYONE else

    And in explaining this she's telling her fans that she's just like them.

    "Cause i'm just a ghost, traveling endlessly..."

    but people still mimic her, and want to be like her. Speak like her, look like her, act like her...BE her. They try SO HARD to be someone they aren't, someone they'll never be.

    "Oh, You are not useless.."

    She's telling you....STOP IT. Being who you are isn't a bad thing, it's a fucking great thing, don't try to be her. She doesn't want you to be like her.

    It's all clear as day when she sings

    "And there's no one road
    We should not be the same
    But I'm just a ghost
    And still they echo me
    They echo me in circles"

    There isn't just one road, you can take any you like. No one should be the same. Don't follow her path, because it's not the same for you.

    She's telling all her fans to stop trying to be her.

    But they still echo her...they still mimic her, they still want to be just like her. When they never realized...she was always just like them. There was never a difference.

    In short she's simply saying:

    I'm just like you. Don't treat me any differently.

    It's so simple...


    HelenaFiegoon December 16, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think this song is about life. How we are all "misguided ghosts" going through life on different roads leading to different places and all the mistakes, heartbreak, pain etc. that we all go through along the way.
    VanillaStar55on September 26, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. I love it so much.

    I think this song, as past comments has said, is about life, but not just basic life. This particular instance has a person feeling as a "Misguided Ghost", someone who's been hurt and feels empty and lost. They have been radically hurt and segregated from someone they really cared about, and this has resulted in the feeling of emptiness. I really appreciate Paramore for their music and lyrics. Love it.
    Andiiieeeeon September 28, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI can't speak for what this song means to the band..
    But for me it's about avoiding that point of no return over and over again.
    When you're really going through something major, and you just feel like there
    is no one else in the world that can possisbly relate to or even care what you're
    going through.. and that's generally the point when i feel like doing something horrible and drastic,
    but instead i always find a reason to run from my problems instead of facing them or ending it all.
    It's just a continuous cycle.. and you're just crying out for help but don't even know who to turn to.
    It would be so much easier if we could just look past our shame and classify our faults. that way no one would ever have to be ashamed, because then we would be able to see how fucked up we all really are and just accept eachother as human beings.. nothing more and nothing less.
    yaslekon October 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenther voice is beautiful in this..
    Issyxon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm listening to this song right now... it really is beautiful. I can't wait to buy the album:D
    moonbirdon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti thinkits about a person going through adolecsense stage. like them running away from their parents emotionally then coming back to them because they felt useless and bad. heres a clearer one:

    I'm going away for a while
    But I'll be back
    Don't try to follow me
    'Cause I'll return as soon as possible
    See, I'm trying to find my place
    But it might not be here where I feel safe

    (their going to just kinda get away and just travel their own way to figure out who they are but they want to do it alone)


    We all learn to make mistakes
    And run from them, from them
    With no direction
    We'll run from them, from them
    With no conviction

    (this part is about them actually getting away but having no reason to do it and they dont know where their going either)

    'Cause I'm just one of those ghosts
    Travelin' endlessly
    Don't need no roads
    In fact, they follow me
    And we just go in circles

    (i think shes talking about how she felt going through this stage and her and her friends trying to find somewhere else to go)

    And now I'm told that this is life
    That pain is just a simple compromise
    So we can get what we want out of it

    (ppl telling her that life is just pain and just have to live with it)

    Would someone care to classify?
    A broken heart and some twisted minds
    So I can find someone to rely on

    (shes starting to feel useles and broken and wants to have someone to rely on)

    And run to them, to them
    Full speed ahead
    Oh, you are not useless
    We are just

    (finally realize that theyll always be there and they comfort her)

    Misguided ghosts
    Travelin' endlessly
    The ones we trusted the most
    Pushed us far away

    (her friends just pushed her away and she was left alone)

    And there's no one road
    We should not be the same

    (exactly what it says lol)

    But I'm just a ghost
    And still they echo me
    They echo me in circles

    (even though shes back shes not gonna be the same)
    conejita995on September 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of my favoutites, i love the lyrics!
    I love how theyve done a few soft acoustic songs on the new album
    I think this is about how your on the road of life and sometimes you get lost and loose yourself and become really ghost like, faking it to everyone else.
    Its how you feel when you've messed up, or someones messed you up. Or maybe when you loose someone/somthing, and you dont know what to do.
    I think it also shows how you need to know someone trusts you to trust them sometimes when you've had it hard
    "Would someone care to classify?
    A broken heart and some twisted minds
    So I can find someone to rely on
    And run to them, to them
    Full speed ahead"

    Beautiful <3
    RooRioton October 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentguitar arrangement = Death Cab for Cutie
    Hayley's amazing voice = Regina Spektor kind of feel.

    AMAZING. It's so simple, it just brings tears to my eyes.
    It shows how much they all really grew as a band.
    It kind of makes me sad, but I need to learn to accept it.
    People change and mature, even if we don't want them to.

    The lyrics are beautiful.
    Paramore never gets enough credit for the brilliant music they make.
    thisishowwedanceon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is simply beautiful. This song kind of gives me the feel of some of Ingrid Michaelson's lyrics. But Hayley's voice just continues to amaze me. I'm going through some pretty tough times right now, and her music always helps me get through my day. Especially this song.

    It helped me realize what my bf was trying to tell me a few weeks ago. My boyfriend and I are best friends. We have been inseperable since the very first day that I met him. Our differences complimented each other pretty well, so I'm guessing thats what made our relationship soo strong. When i met him, i was 15 and he was 18. We had many other people putting our relationship down everyday because everyone judged me without knowing me and said that i was a baby still and that we were never going to get far. Little did they know that my bf was dating this 15 year old because he found her to be more mature than any other girls or friends his age.

    My family is suffering through financial issues. They've been struggling for about 4 years. We have to deal with moving a lot because we have to live with different relatives, and the reasons why we leave are just mainly because something always happens to occur when we just begin to settle in. Well, my bf knew all of this, and he told me that he didnt care. That he would follow me and do whatever it took to be with me. We even had plans to start a life after i graduate high school. Yes, many think that we're young and we dont know what we want, but I honestly believe that we both have good heads on our shoulders. We were both very convinced that all of this would happen after I graduated that we both put each other first before ANYTHING.

    One year and almost nine months into our relationship, I end up moving to Perris while he is living in Rialto which is about twenty five mins from where he lives. I've lived this far from him before, but now he has to drive uphill to see me. The problen with that is that now his car is really old and messed up. He cant afford to drive all the way uphill anymore because his job is in ontario and the college he attends is in yucaipa. Once I moved up here he got soo depressed and i got down because he was down, but even after all of this, i believed that we could make out relationship work. And i still do. I've always believed that if you really love someone and if you keep your faith in God, that He will also help and pull you through this.

    On the other hand, my bf believed that me moving so far away and his car getting worse was a sign that we just werent meant to be. He believed that this relationship wasnt going to work out. I was soo angry and hurt and confused that he felt this because he was the one person who always told me that anything is possible. He is the one who taught me to never quit. And he was the only boy that had told me that we were going to be together and that he wanted to marry me. For almost two years this went on until the day i moved to Perris. And what made everything worse was that we had spoken about us continuing our relationship under such circumstances and he said that we could make it work. Then once i got here, all of that faith and hope just seemed to vanish and his depression was showing me someone whom i did not know could exist in his body. He told me that he wanted a break because he needed time to find himself.

    I refused to give him the break. I still am hurt that he asked me for one. This is the hardest time that we've been ever been through. I think the only way we can get through this is together. Not give each other more space. Anyhow, after everything was settled a bit, i heard this song, and i kept listening to it over and over again because it sounded so familiar. And then it hits me that this is everything my bf Andy was trying to tell me.

    In this song, Hayley is explaining the thoughts of someone who is feeling like their world is falling completely apart. This person is so down that they feel that even the person they love the most cant help them fix what they're going through. And as hurt as the person they love most may feel, they should not feel useless. Andy didnt want me to worry or feel useless. He told me that he would be back as soon as he gathered himself up again.

    And the part where she sings 'would someone care to classify a broken heart and twisted minds so i can find someone to rely on and run to
    them'?, at this time, andy had found a friend. She was a girl and it bothered me, but he kept trying to explain that he just wanted someone to be there with him when i wasnt since we used to see each other everyday from mornging to night and now we only see each other at most 3 times a week. It was hard for me to accept that he just needed someone because from day one, it had only been me as the only girl in his life. I never had to worry about another girl coming into our relationship, so he stopped talking to her. But this song made me realize everything that we were going through.

    Now, things are still a bit bumpy and he and I are still smoothing things out, but Paramore's songs have helped me through my situations with my family and they have helped me with my faith in God as well. But this song, has touched my life soo much more than any other, because sometimes i feel isolated living out here, but once i hear this song, it helps me to feel that i'm not the only one that feels like this and that things will get better for me and andy and my family as well. So I thank God for allowing me to come across this song. And one day, i wish that i'll get to thank Hayley for her inspirational music and for inspiring to not give up on singing.

    And i know that this was probablythe longest comment ever left on here, but i thank those of you who took the time out to read it and to see what my point of view is on this beautiful song. Thank you.
    MisguidedGhost0108on October 19, 2009   Link

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