"The Ghost Inside" as written by and Brian Joseph Burton James Mercer....
She sold her love to a modern man
Cause solid currency's the hardest to love
All other modern hells you cover your eye
Don't let the lady finger blow in your hat
Di-di-da

Feel like a daughter
She's a star tonight
Without warning
She gave up
The ghost inside

This gives some matter to shaking her hide
Too late to leave him' are the songs in her car
Di-di-da

Feel like a daughter
She's a star tonight
Without warning
She gave up
The ghost inside

They call it chivalry
Never pull a punch for free
You ever wonder why they had to move on
This phony article
That put you on the floor
A double standard
You envoke when you want

Feel like a daughter
She's a star tonight
Without warning
She gave up
The ghost inside

Was it all for show?
To turn into all of them
Turning a page
Trust me darlin'
I'm carving 'em up through the dust in your town
Crawling over rubble, just to sound me out
Tend to wonder why?


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"The Ghost Inside" as written by James Mercer Brian Burton

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  • +5
    General CommentThe posted lyrics are incorrect. Hopefully they will correct the mistake soon. Please view the corrected lyrics below. Thank you!
    The Ghost Inside

    She sold her love to a modern man
    Cause solid currency's the hardest to lend
    All that money helps you cover your eyes
    Don't let the lady finger blow in your head

    Give it up for that daughter
    She's a star tonight
    Without warning
    She gave up the ghost inside

    Just like a whiskey bottle drained on the floor
    She got no future just a life to endure
    This gives some matter to shaking her hide
    "Too Late to Leave Him" are the songs in her car

    Give it up for that daughter
    She's a star tonight
    Without warning
    She gave up the ghost inside

    You call it chivalry
    Never pull a punch for free
    You ever wonder why they had to move on
    This phony honor code
    That puts you on your throne
    A double standard
    You invoke when you want

    To that daughter
    She's a star tonight
    Without warning
    She gave up the ghost inside

    Was it all for show
    Don't turn into one of them
    Turn another page
    Trust me darling
    I'm carving them up through the dust in your town
    Crawling over rubble
    Just to sort it out
    Now I tend to wonder why
    Detchonion March 18, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI was on a mission to find the correct lyrics for this song, but couldn't. This is what I came up with, near positive it's correct -


    She sold her love to a modern man,
    Cause solid currency's the hardest to land,
    All of that money helps you cover your eyes,
    Don't let the lady finger blow in your hand.

    Did it all,
    For that dollar.
    She's a star tonight.
    Without warning,
    She gave up the ghost inside.

    Just like a whiskey bottle drained on the floor,
    She got no future, just a love to endure.
    This gives some merit to shaking her hind,
    Too late to leave him, now the son's in her care.

    Give it up,
    For that dollar.
    She's a star tonight.
    Without warning,
    She gave up the ghost inside.

    You call it chivalry, never pull a punch for free.
    You ever wonder why they had to move on?
    This phony article, that put you on your throne.
    A double standard you invoke when you want.

    For that dollar,
    She's a star tonight.
    Without warning,
    She gave up the ghost inside.

    Was it all for show?
    Don't turn into one of them.
    Turn another page.
    Trust me darling,
    I'm carving 'em up through the dust in your town.
    Crawling over rubble,
    Just to serve you.
    Tend to wonder why.
    MercerManon January 29, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI don't think this is about prostitution specifically in the conventional sense where one trades physical pleasure for money.

    This is more about any individual who gives up their ethics, their spirit, beliefs, freedoms for money. I think the artist implied it to be very generic.

    Because in times like these, this is so applicable. We have so many people in this country that gave up all they belived into just for money, some to survive and others because they were making a lot. All this tragic unemployment and foreclosures that we have, the poverty a lot of people were driven to, all are results of the actions by the few that many knew were coming... but closed their eyes on because the money was fantastic.

    And now its time for them to move on and be better than that.
    chris818on December 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe line is "Don't let the lady finger blow in your hand"

    A ladyfinger is a small firecracker. I can't see this line being anything else.
    mikechyon April 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've always thought this song was about a high class prostitute, with the ghost inside being her "soul" or dignity or something similar, basically saying that she doesn't care about anything but the money and it's all she has now. It sounds to me like she lives a glamorous life by sleeping with rich men, but her life is basically all about money and actually really empty and sad. Her life seems perfect because she's got a lot of money and everybody wants her, but she's really dead inside. But that's just my interpretation. Also the lyrics on this page are like, really far off from the actual words. Great song, anyway~
    heyitsaydenon March 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe in the verse:

    "Feel like a daughter
    She's like a star tonight
    Without wanting
    She gave up
    The ghost inside"

    It's actually with "without a warning" rather than "without wanting." I think. They're so hard to understand sometimes haha.
    brisweet91on January 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Just like a whiskey bottle drained on the floor
    She got no future, just a love to endure"

    I believe it's 'a lot to endure' and not 'love.'


    "A double standard
    Here we look when we walk"

    that's definitely 'you envoke when you want.'
    yazelis13on January 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor the third line I hear "All of the money helps you cover your eye", which makes more sense anyway.
    5oclockon February 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment2nd verse, 3rd line... pretty sure he's saying "This good samaritan shaking her ___ " (hand? could be hide...). I could be wrong but that's what it sounds like to me.
    mattyg1027on March 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment2:15 forward is fucking amazing
    SatchelChargeon March 15, 2010   Link

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