"The Ghost In You (Psychedelic Furs cover)" as written by and Richard/butler Butler....
A man in my shoes runs a light
And all the papers lied tonight
But falling over you
Is the news of the day
Angels fall like rain
And love - is all of heaven away
(CHORUS)
Inside you the times moves
And she don't fade
The ghost in you
She don't fade
Inside you the time moves
And she don't fade
A race is on
I'm on your side
And here in you
My engines die
I'm in a mood for you
Or running away
Stars come down in you
And love - you can't give it away
(CHORUS)
Don't you go
It makes no sense
When all your talk
And supermen
Just take away the time
And get in the way
Ain't it just like rain
And love - is only heaven away
(CHORUS)


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"The Ghost in You [1994/Live at Elysée Montmartre, Paris]" as written by Timothy Butler Richard Lofthouse Butler

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    General Commenti could take this song two ways: either it's in reference to a girl who's bothered by some 'ghost' of the past, and this guy wants to love her, but since 'love is only heaven away', which is pretty dang far away, he sees it as impossible to have his love reciprocated....

    OR...

    it's about another guy with a ghost of a past lover haunting him, either because she's died or because they've broken up.

    maybe?
    LittleGreenon September 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think LittleGreen was pretty accurate with both ideas. he is def speaking globally about the idea of lost love that doesnt ever fade away. time can pass, but these memories and this love will not fade away. its a beautiful song and i love the guitar!
    i am still confused with the lines "the man in my shoes runs the light
    all the papers lie tonight
    but falling over you
    is the news of the day "
    any one want to help?
    Tarak162on April 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe man in my shoes runs the light
    all the papers lie tonight
    but falling over you
    is the news of the day

    i think this basically means that he feels like he doesn't belong in his shoes....maybe that that he is numb from pain and feels like he is watching himself from afar...the man in his shoes runs the light (the running the light part is confusing though) but that he doesnt feel like he is really there in heart, just in body. Also I took the part about all the papers lie tonight just as being that newspapers always lie, but in his life the only news is that he is mourning the loss of his past lover. A great song.
    tootsie0945on October 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the idea of it being about mourning over a lost love but I think it might also be about someone, maybe a lover, who has changed from when they first knew each other. In this sense I think the 'ghost in you' is the person how they used to be and everytime he looks at her he sees who she used to be and so 'she don't fade away.' I'm not sure how the rest of the song relates to this, it might or it might not, but that was what I thought when I first heard this song. But I like and readily accept all the other interpretations people have made.
    shirvson August 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHmm... I have a new take on this song. At first I always thought it was just someone who lost a love, but now I think there is more to it. I think the singer got his heart broke by this girl that said she loved him and all that, but never truly did. Now this girl is doing the same thing to another guy. So the singer is telling this other guy not to get involved. The two were once in the same situation, hence 'man in my shoes.' He runs the light, he is happy, walking on air and he's like a newspaper, he is telling the world that she loves him. Its the news of the day because tomorrow it will be different.

    The next stanza... well pretty much he says he is in the mood to talk to the guy. He's trying to talk him out of loving this girl because she won't love him back. "Love... you can't give it away." They are racing against time, he's falling in love and soon it will be too late before the guy gets hurt. The singer's 'engines die' because the guy is arguing with him and not listening. So the singer tells the guy that she will get inside of him and like a ghost she will haunt him forever.

    Next stanza the guy is still arguing, he thinks that he is superman and that he will be different. That the girl will really love him.

    The love is all of heaven away just means that the guy is dreaming. Real love with her is further than he'll get in a lifetime.
    Comebakatzon January 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentim surprised no one has commented on this song. i think this is a CLASSIC!
    angel 08on July 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthen comment on it...i love it too but i need some help understanding it
    sambo28on September 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits like that the past love was a real long time ago, and is dead, and in heaven... but even after all this time, its still falling down on him. wether it be angels, rain or stars (anything from the sky/heavens)
    sambo28on May 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song that can be interpreted many ways it seems. When I first heard it, I thought it was a love song. Admittedly, I did not know all the lyrics, and still question some of them now.


    I love "furrealgirl"'s interpretation too (this song is listed twice on this site), but it seems from my recent experience, this song means this...


    A man in my shoes runs a light = Guy discovered there was another lover competing for her
    All the papers lied tonight = All the love letters were a lie
    But falling over you is the news of the day = re-iterating the surprise he felt that someone else loved her

    Angels fall like rain = Love from her was "heaven", now it's gone, so angels fall...
    love is all of heaven away = heaven was love, and so now love seems so far away...

    inside you the time moves and she don't fade = we find that he is thinking of the past... time has passed (moved on), but her memory is still there
    the ghost in you she don't fade = once again, the memories don't fade

    the race is on i'm on your side = back then he was competing for her...just like the first line of "runs a light"...competition for her...racing for her...
    hearing you my engines die = he drops everything whenever he hears from her
    i'm in a mood for you = he loves her or...

    (for/or..i think "or") running away = ...or wants to run away from the pain...notice how he says this a little sadly...like he feels sad that a love can hurt so much when it's not returned, so you want to run away....
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    I believe he says "or running away" because in the previous line he says "for"...as in "I'm in a mood for you"...and clearly the "f" is enunciated there...but there's barely a hint of an "f" sound in the following "or running away" verse...
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    stars come down in you = since there is no "heaven", even the stars fall, but she still looked heavenly
    love you can't give it away = but she still won't give him love

    don't you go it makes no sense = pleading : don't leave me

    when all your "talk of supermen" just take away the time = talking about guys better him just takes away time from me trying to win you back
    OR
    when all your "talking supermen" just take away the time = other so called "better" guys competing for her takes away time from him trying to win her back

    and get in the way = notice how he says this...like he's been pleading for her to come back, but then says this line like he just now realizes at that moment that he has no hope no matter what he says...

    ain't it just like rain = so he cries, tears cuz he realizes there is no hope
    love is only heaven away = love for her was heaven, now it's not there and so love is far away....



    So this is a song of a guy reminiscing of a failed love, and the spirit of what he loved in her will not go away....

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    vickunon May 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMan in my shoes runs the light.- beside himself: Experienced traumatic event and is unaware of environment around him. Maybe driving and runs a stoplight. or he has died in spirit and is headed (running) to the light.

    and all the papers lied tonight- New is wrong: False information was given. Misstated facts.

    But falling over you is the news of the day.- The false information is being received from many sources around you.

    Angles fall like rain- Purity gone away. spiritual connection (pure love) fallen. Devastation of hearing the news.

    And love, love, love, is all of heaven away. Love (what his heart desires) is moving away from him. It's now unobtainable/lost due to the news. The lies will be uncovered in heaven and revealed when they see each other there.

    Inside you time moves and she don't fade. Inside you the time moves and she don't fade- Time passes by but his feelings for her are undiminished.

    The Race is on I'm on your side but hearing you, my engines died.- Severed/Cut ties: Still holding on to the relationship, he is deflated or devastated by her announcement to cut relations/ties.

    I'm in the mode for you or for running away- Confusion due to devistation: does not know what to do or feel or which direction to go.

    All the stars come down in you but love, love, love you can't give it away.- Celestial creature: inhabitant of heaven but love is unobtainable/denied. Having the right makeup (desirable) but still unable to obtain the heart's desire. denied what is desired most. devoid of love. Love unobtainable.

    Inside you the time moves and she don't fade, the ghost in you, she don't fade.- Time passes but his memory of her is untarnished/unchanged. As pristine today as was new.

    Don't you go it makes no sense when all your talk and supermen just take away the time- just to get in the way.- A big screen: urging her to stay arguing no creditability to the lies. The many discussions with people (rescuers) is wasting the time they would have together and is just muddying the water.

    Ain't it just like rain and love is only heaven away- Disparity: Somber mood. Sadness because nothing can fix the relationship- And Love is lost until they see each other in heaven and all will be revealed.
    homerunon April 18, 2012   Link

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