"Ghost Of Books" as written by and David Michael Portner....
Keeping myself in my mind

I fell in love with a (ghost and)
I'm gonna keep it (a scary flight)
Fell in love with a (ghost out)
In love with the past but I (said that love)
I fell in love with a (ghost out)
Thinking a lot about (changing light)
Fell in love with a (ghost out)
Trying to learn all the (sadness love)

I went away to a ghost land
And it felt like a perfect dream
I grabbed a hold of two ghost hands
And a voice said, "I'll always be"

You wanna take it, a good friend
Where it could bake in a dollar's light
Then she would hear me at my end
Where we could ever be billion night
Said they could mate in the moonbeams
And there could never be poison, I
Wanted to cherish my ghost gal
Sweetness that carried me up so high

I ran to tell all my dear friends
Of the new love I did find
But when I return to my homeland
I was confused by the changing tide

How can I live with the ghost gal
With the face like I wanna die
And I wasn't sure of my ghost plans
From a distance I heard her cry:

I'm so tired of disappearing
You're so beautiful, you can't hear me
Want to hold you, kiss you, feel me
Climb through the void and eternally cheer me

So I ran away with my ghost gal


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"Ghost of Books" as written by David Michael Portner

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    My InterpretationThe lyrics on here are undone and pretty wrong to me, but I have a bit of an interpretation regardless.

    I think this song is about having memories/delusions about someone that you love. "Keeping myself in my mind" is a pretty clear intro to this idea. Then especially with the bit that goes:

    "I went away to a ghost land
    And it felt like a perfect dream
    I grabbed a hold of two ghost hands
    And a voice said, 'I'll always be'"

    ... sounds like he's thinking of an ex (or exes) and reminiscing over the good times they had or imagining life with them as if they never broke up. I think "ghost land" basically means a place where these people don't actually exist, like in his mind. I think Avey may be simply thinking about old memories of this ex or exes, but it could also be a type of dream state or psychedelic trip where he encounters all this. Either way, this mental state is really comforting, and it's in a place where they'll always be ("and a voice said, I'll always be").

    Then, of course, reality sets in:

    "I ran to tell all my dear friends
    Of the new love I did find
    But when I return to my homeland
    I was confused by the changing tide"

    and the part that goes:

    "I'm so tired of disappearing
    You're so beautiful, you can't hear me
    Want to hold you, kiss you, feel me
    Climb through the void and eternally cheer me"

    These thoughts aren't real; the relationships with this person or these people are over. These thoughts he has of them are great but that's simply all he has in reality; he can't actually interact with them, and eventually he must get out of his mind. But there is a sort of longing for it to be a reality ("Want to hold you, kiss you, feel me, climb through the void and eternally cheer me.")

    Then, the song ends on a sort of happy note (not really, but kinda). He repeats the line "so I ran away with my ghost gal," accepting the truth that the memories or thoughts he has of this "ghost gal." Dwelling over the want for them to be real is depressing, so the resolution is to just dream over it.

    I don't know, but that's what I got out of this song. I love it.
    dekay0on October 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably my favorite on the album, even though it is terribly sad.

    My interpretation is this song is about his split with his wife (obviously). More specifically it seems like he is being extremely hard on himself. Saying he was in his sort of imaginary world where he thought things would be OK with her, despite being so different.


    "I'm so tired of disappearing
    You're so beautiful
    You can't hear me
    Want to hold you
    Kiss you
    Feel me
    Climb through the void and eternally cheer me"
    My take from this is that Avey is depressed or something of the sort. Sounds like he is disappearing from the relationship despite loving his wife. Second half of the lyrics are easy. He wants to be with her, for her to magically cheer him up.

    I have a lot more interpretation, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone else.


    PS. Sounds like he is repeating "tape myself in her/my mind" at the first of the song to me. Most of the lyrics are wrong, but it's a pretty good outline.
    akburtonon May 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI really think it's

    "I ran to tell all my good friends
    of the new love that I did find"

    and not "I read deep down on my dear friends
    That the new love that I define"
    schnitzlion December 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentKeeping myself in my mind

    (I fell in love with a) ghost and
    (I got into bed) trust implied
    (I fell in love with a) ghost I'm
    (In love with the breath or the) scent that the
    (I fell in love with that) ghost I've.
    (Been thinking a lot about) changing lives
    (I fell in love with that) ghost I've
    (Find a little bit) sadness, love

    I went away to a ghost land
    It felt like a perfect dream
    I grabbed a hold of two ghost hands
    Heard a voice say I'll always be

    Good
    She needed good friends
    Where it could ... in a thoughtless line
    Then she would read me at my ends
    Where we could have a few billion fights
    They're like them, they needed new ...
    And that could never be poison I
    Wanted to cherish my ghost gal
    Sweetness that carried me up so high

    I ran to tell all my good friends
    Of the new love that I did find
    Oh when I returned to my homeland
    I was confused by the changing tide

    How can I live with the ghost gal, with a face like I wanna die?
    Now all unsure of my ghost plans, from the distance I heard her cry

    I'm so tired of disappearing
    You're so beautiful, you can't hear me
    Want to hold you, kiss you dearly
    Climb through the void and eternally cheer me

    So I ran away with my ghost gal
    mtlca20891on February 11, 2015   Link

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