"Spirits" as written by and Jonathan Hembrey Jeremy Drury....
I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go
I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't

I been looking at the stars tonight
And I think oh, how I miss that bright sun
I'll be a dreamer 'til the day I die
But they say oh, how the good die young
But we're all strange
And maybe we don't wanna change

I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go
I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go
But the gun still rattles
The gun still rattles, oh
I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go

I spent a lot of nights on the run
And I think oh, like I'm lost and can't be found
I'm just waiting for my day to come
And I think oh, I don't wanna let you down
'Cause something inside has changed
And maybe we don't wanna stay the same

I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go
I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go
But the gun still rattles
The gun still rattles, oh
But the gun still rattles
The gun still rattles, oh

And I don't want a never ending life
I just want to be alive while I'm here
And I don't want a never ending life
I just want to be alive while I'm here
And I don't want to see another night
Lost inside a lonely life while I'm here

I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go
I got guns in my head and they won't go
Spirits in my head and they won't go
But the gun still rattles
The gun still rattles, oh
But the gun still rattles
The gun still rattles, oh


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"Spirits" as written by Jonathan Hembrey Jeremy Drury

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  • +4
    Song MeaningGuns in my head refers to unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. The narrator is stuck in a rut in their life. Whether it's a routine or dissatisfaction with how things turned out is unclear. Spirits could refer to a combination that the narrator is drunk while looking back on his/her life, and spirits could reinforce the concept of aspirations and hope. The idea that the narrator is depressed about their life is made clear in the first stanza:

    I been looking at the stars tonight
    And I think oh, how I miss that bright sun
    I'll be a dreamer 'til the day I die
    But they say oh, how the good die young
    But we're all strange
    And maybe we don't wanna change

    This person's life has been in the dark for quite a while, they're always looking at the sky at night, and miss the brightness of day (better days when they were actively perusing their aspirations - when they were happy and not depressed). And then the narrator reminds themselves that the routine existence they've been leading is the safe bet. Remember only the good die young - asserting themselves that taking risks is dangerous, and that maybe they don't want to take the plunge into changing their situation.

    Notice the chorus then changes to add: "But the gun still rattles
    The gun still rattles, oh"

    That empty feeling isn't going away (and it's not going to on this current path). That urge to live their dreams and hopes still burns inside.

    "I spent a lot of nights on the run
    And I think oh, like I'm lost and can't be found
    I'm just waiting for my day to come
    And I think oh, I don't wanna let you down
    Cause something inside has changed
    And maybe we don't wanna stay the same"

    Narrator is reconsidering their position. They're waiting (wanting) for their routine to break, but they're also afraid - perhaps they have someone to support and making a change would be difficult on that person. The narrator concludes they can't live this way - something's changed; they don't wanna stay the same.

    Chorus still states "the gun still rattles". That yearning still exists.

    And I don't want a never ending life
    I just want to be alive while I'm here
    And I don't want a never ending life
    I just want to be alive while I'm here
    And I don't want to see another night
    Lost inside a lonely life while I'm here

    Here's the meat of the song: the narrator makes their argument for changing their routine. They want to live life to its fullest - without regrets. Again he/she goes back to the image of night (depression) that their life has become. They don't want to see another night of this kind of existence. They're going to make take the risks associated with it because living this way is unbearable anymore.


    Ultimately, this song is about someone going through an existential crisis.
    Chazwozelon April 25, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about contemplating suicide and loneliness. When the narrator says I got guns in my head, he's talking about literally having guns in his head and he's thinking of pulling the trigger or just having thoughts of suicide and, he can't shake the thought of doing it. The "spririts" reference could be the voices in his head telling him to kill himself or possibly schizophrenia.

    I been looking at the stars tonight
    And I think oh, how I miss that bright sun

    This verse speaks to how the narrator is lonely. He's been staring at stars, which could be visions of him being happy or the life he wants, tonight, which is the state of loneliness that he's enduring. He wants the light, or happiness that comes with being surrounded by good people.

    But we're all strange
    And maybe we don't wanna change

    This part interests me a lot. He just talked about his loneliness but that doesn't necessarily mean he wants to leave that condition. He says that each person is strange in their own way. My take is that this person is very shy and has a very tough time being social and meeting people. While being lonely breaks this person down slowly, he doesn't have the confidence to break out of his shell and put himself out there. So he stays in isolation because it's all he knows and he'd rather be lonely than go to a party or talk to a group of people. It's sort of a vicious cycle that's on repeat.

    I spent a lot of nights on the run
    And I think oh, like I'm lost and can't be found
    I'm just waiting for my day to come

    The narrator can't escape loneliness because he can't be social. So when he says I'm lost and can't be found, really the only way to solve this problem is if certain people just meet him by chance and befriend him. Until then, he's just passing the days by and waiting for his time to exit this world.

    And I think oh, I don't wanna let you down
    Cause something inside has changed
    And maybe we don't wanna stay the same

    Now he's reaching this point where he can't live this sort of life anymore and he wants to take his life. He's had enough of being comfortable with being alone inside so he doesn't want to stay like this forever. The I don't wanna let you down part indicates that he's talking to someone about this, probably the closest person in his life. He doesn't want to take his life because he knows it will affect those that are closest to him.

    And I don't want a never ending life
    I just want to be alive while I'm here

    It's pretty straightforward, the narrator does not care about living a long time, but if he's going to be here he wants to live it to the fullest and make the most of it. His desire for a better life is still there but it's fading because he's realized he'll probably never escape his depression. It kind of makes sense too, if you're not going to enjoy life or bring other people joy, what's the point of hanging around? It's in his mind, a rational decision. Also notice in the song when the singer sings "here", his voice cracks and he sounds weak. It shows he's kind of on his last leg and is desperate.

    And I don't want to see another night
    Lost inside a lonely life while I'm here

    This line pretty much sums up the whole song.

    There are many other alternative meanings to this song that make great sense too. Suicide is not the only meaning to it. It's interesting how it's so upbeat and kind of happy but the message is so dark. Hope this helped!
    jtcasburon July 14, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about someone whose is on death's door having an out of body experience. The person is imagining what it will be like what they die and how everyone else will be affected.
    TalynZ11on April 02, 2017   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionLove song on paranoia
    rlixon April 23, 2016   Link

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