"The Ghost of Rockschool" as written by Sarah Martin, Stuart Murdoch, Richard Colburn, Michael Cooke, Christopher Geddes, Stephen Jackson and Bob Kildea....
I've seen God in the sun
I've seen God in the street
God before bed and the promise of sleep
God in my dreams and the free ride of grace
But it all disappears
And then I wake up

Was it too late?
Was it just your fate?
There's a demon that waits at the garden gate
If you get past him maybe Lawrence and Phil
Will be waiting to take you to the ghost of rockschool

Everything hums
As the blue heart turns
And the blue girls dawn is when the sun goes down
A story tonight is from your solitude heights
I got a window on your constellation

Master I love from the ground above
There's the stars below as my memory flows
Every picture frame is beating louder than time
Every clock in the hall is bending slowly

She's in her tower
And she's beautiful, sure
The quicker you learn she has no soul to discern
At least no business of yours
You bear the vacuum of scars
She was put there to tempt you
Like the perfume of flowers

I've seen God in the sun
I've seen God in the street
God before bed and the promise of sleep
God in my dreams and the free ride of grace
I've seen God shining up from her reflection

I've seen God in the sun
I've seen God in the street
God before bed and the promise of sleep
God in my dreams and the free ride of grace
I've seen God shining up from her reflection

I've seen God in the sun
I've seen God in the street
God before bed and the promise of sleep
God in the puddles in the lanes beside houses
I've seen God shining up from her reflection

I've seen God in the sun
I've seen God in the street
God before bed and the promise of sleep
God in the puddles in the lane beside houses
I've seen God shining up from her reflection


Lyrics submitted by Warren Judkins

"The Ghost of Rockschool" as written by Christopher Geddes Bob Kildea

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    General CommentAny help with the lyrics?
    Warren Judkinson September 21, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"She was put there to tend / She liked the perfume of flowers"

    should be "she was put there to tempt you / like the perfume of flowers".

    Thanks for figuring out so much of the song!
    hollypantson September 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnd the blue girls tone us when the sun goes down
    pdrok2on September 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentShe's in her tower
    And she's beautiful, sure
    The quicker you learn she has no soul to discern
    At least no business of yours
    You bear the vacuum of scars

    when he sings this part the music sounds like U2's All I Want Is You
    foldsbaldwinon September 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the help folks, I now have it updated to the lyrics in the liner notes. Let's discuss!

    This is such a beautiful song it's easy to look past it's main subject..
    Warren Judkinson October 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think Lawrence and Phil refer to Lawrence Hayward from the band Felt, and Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy. Both singers and their bands were big influences on Stuart Murdoch. However, although Phil Lynott passed away in 1986, I'm pretty sure that Lawrence Hayward is still alive. So the ghost reference makes sense for Phil but not Lawrence. Does anyone have a different take on that?

    Also, Stuart is very religious and often puts Christian references in his songs, although this song has more references than most.
    Daisycow610on October 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationMaybe this is obvious, but "Master I love from the ground above" refers to God.
    Daisycow610on October 14, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe chorus evokes Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself':
    "I see something of God in each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then,
    In the face of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass,
    I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is sign'd by God's name"
    songmeaningscjon April 02, 2017   Link

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