"Ghost" as written by and Luis Alberto Dubuc....
'Cause the world might do me in
It's all right cause I'm with friends
Cause I'm giving up again
It doesn't matter

And I'm feeling like a ghost
And it's what I hate the most
'Cause I'm giving up again
And this time (this time, this time)

This time I might just disappear
This time I might just dis
This time I might just disappear
This time I might just dis

Try and hear me then I'm done
'Cause I might just say this once
Seen this played out in my dream
It doesn't matter

Time for givin' up the ghost
Fuck, it's you I hate the most
And there is no guarantee
It doesn't matter

This time I might just disappear
This time I might just dis
This time I might just disappear
This time I might just dis


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"Ghost" as written by Luis Alberto Dubuc

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    My InterpretationWhile the animated music video presented this song from the point of a literal ghost trying to reach out one more time to his murderer and lover, the lyrics of this song could be from someone on the brink of suicide.

    'Cause the world might do me in
    It's all right cause I'm with friends
    Cause I'm giving up again
    It doesn't matter

    The singer presents how the world is a harsh place; it can easily kill him and the hardships within it push him to give up. He has taken an attitude of apathy where nothing matters but a fun time with friends.

    And I'm feeling like a ghost
    And it's what I hate the most
    'Cause I'm giving up again

    The singer then continues on about how he feels like a ghost, which he really hates but has given up fighting against. The ghost could represent a number of things, but the it's largely depression. Feeling like a ghost is feeling alone and empty, without a future. The singer basically feels like he's already dead inside even if he's still alive, and he's accepted that this feeling isn't going to go away so he gives up on trying to be happy.

    This time I might just disappear

    Due to giving up, this time the singer "might just disappear". Considering that he's been depressed (felt like a ghost before) and that he's saying "this time", one can assume that he has attempted suicide before, and is going to try again.

    Try and hear me then I'm done
    'Cause I might just say this once
    Seen this played out in my dream
    It doesn't matter

    Although he's given up and is now apathetic towards his own demise, the singer is still desperately trying to either reach out for help, or to get revenge against those that drove him to his state of mind. He needs to say something before his death, like a suicide note. It's the last thing he wants to accomplish while alive, so much that he dreams about how he'll do it. This time, when he says "it doesn't matter", the singer means it doesn't actually matter whether or not anyone listens to him because he just needs to get his thoughts off his chest.

    Time for givin' up the ghost
    Fuck, it's you I hate the most
    And there is no guarantee
    It doesn't matter


    Giving up the ghost refers to him carrying out another suicide attempt to escape depression. Before doing so however, the singer does what he's always dreamed of; he's finally letting out his hatred for whatever has driven him to this point. He then commits suicide but notes that his death isn't guaranteed, as he had failed previously.
    daazninvazn131on November 20, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationDespite the song words being about ghosts and disappearing, I think it's really about a one-sided relationship, or maybe an unsuccessful attempt to start one.

    'Cause the world might do me in
    It's all right cause I'm with friends
    Cause I'm giving up again
    It doesn't matter

    He's worrying that this time nothing might come out of it, but he doesn't feel all bad about it, because he still has friends. This isn't also the first time he's unsuccesfully in love.

    And I'm feeling like a ghost
    And it's what I hate the most
    'Cause I'm giving up again
    And this time (this time, this time)
    This time I might just disappear

    He feels ignored by the other person, as if he were a ghost, and he hates this feeling. That's why he's considering giving up on his feelings and disappearing from the person's life.

    Try and hear me then I'm done
    'Cause I might just say this once
    Seen this played out in my dream
    It doesn't matter

    Before he goes however, he's trying one last time to form a relationship. He's nervous about it to the point of having dreams about approaching the person and saying what he feels.

    Time for givin' up the ghost
    Fuck, it's you I hate the most
    And there is no guarantee
    It doesn't matter

    This approach is the last time, he's giving up on being ignored like a ghost, which he hates, either he manages to form a relationship, or disappears from the person's life for good. He doesn't really know if he'll succeed and perhaps is apathetic about the outcome.
    katakison November 27, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationSo this might seem like a bit of a stretch, but this is my own personal interpretation.

    I suffer from major anxiety disorder, bipolar depression and PTSD. As such, I have horrific panic attacks that make me feel like I'm literally going to die. I can hardly breath, my heart feels numb and the panic sets in. So, for me on a personal level this song relates to how it feels when I go through my panic attacks.

    "'Cause the world might do me in
    It's all right cause I'm with friends
    Cause I'm giving up again
    It doesn't matter"

    The only thing that makes me feel like I can make it out of these attacks are those who are closest to me. Almost every single attack that I've had has been broken because of someone I love helping me through it. Still even with them I still feel like I can't make it and need to give up.

    "And I'm feeling like a ghost
    And it's what I hate the most
    'Cause I'm giving up again
    And this time (this time, this time)

    This time I might just disappear
    This time I might just dis
    This time I might just disappear
    This time I might just dis"

    My panic attacks are probably the most hated thing about my entire life and every time I have one feel like it could be the last breath that I take on this earth and I might just "disappear".

    "Try and hear me then I'm done
    'Cause I might just say this once
    Seen this played out in my dream
    It doesn't matter"

    For me, this is when I talk with those close to me during my attacks. I worry so much that I might not make it and I've seen the worst played out in my dreams, in my head, multiple times.

    "Time for givin' up the ghost
    Fuck, it's you I hate the most
    And there is no guarantee
    It doesn't matter"

    For myself, this is me trying to break the cycle of the attack even though I feel like I can't. It's me saying I hate it, there's no guarantee I'll make it and I might still disappear.

    Like I said, this may seem like a stretch but this song resonates with me. I feel like it describes how I feel and gives me something to connect to. I just had a bad attack last night and today, this has been the song on repeat to get me through the day. I will say as someone with depression that I can also fully see and connect with daazninvazn131 interpretation as well.
    Azmoogleon March 13, 2017   Link

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