"Ghost" as written by and Mark S/shakur Jordan....
I feel I never told you
The story of the ghost
That I once knew and talked to
Of whom I'd never boast

For this was my big secret
How I'd get ahead
And never have to worry
I'd call him instead

His answer came in actions
He never spoke a word
Or maybe I laid down the phone
Before he could be heard

I somehow feel forsaken
Like he had closed the door
I guess I just stopped needing him
As much as once before

But maybe he's still with me
The latch was left unhooked
He's waiting in the wind and rain
I simply haven't looked

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"Ghost" as written by Robert Marvin David Lee Marshall

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    General CommentSupposedly Tom Marshall had a Ghost for a friend as a kid. Hence, the song.
    subskinon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthat is what i heard also. this is a great song, i love it.
    nebnallenon March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhoa.. this song is crazy sexy. Love it.
    Ilsedoreon June 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentanyone know what it means?
    phishfan12on October 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentabsolutely THE best song to listened to stoned....
    InsanityIsBlisson December 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRight, I believe that the childhood imaginary friend interpretation holds. The last two verses obviously refer to Tom Marshall's nostalgic feelings towards his imaginary friend, and his hope that the Ghost is still with him.
    bjengles3on March 17, 2005   Link
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    Song Meaningya I heard the speculation of Tom Marshall having an imaginary friend as a child.
    But more importantly is what that imaginary friend says to him..

    Here are the lines that speak to me the most:

    For this was my big secret
    How I'd get ahead

    His answer came in actions
    He never spoke a word

    If you ever want to get ahead in life. Shut your damn mouth and do something about it.
    Get the book by Jerry Rubin called "do it". That explains a simple notion in a few hundred pages.

    Also, why do I have to see a fat dude become ripped out of the corner of my damn eye when typing this shit.. FN ads!!

    McSkydogBiscuiton December 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe more I listen, the more I like the lyrics on this album. I think this is probably their best lyrical music. The other albums do offer some interesting imagery, but these offer direct meaning. Very cool.

    I have to agree with fourtwentey420. While this song may have started out with a remembrance of a childhood imaginary friend, it probably evolved into a more mature idea about the belief in a higher power.

    The song starts with someone who is confiding, finally, in a friend. He tells this friend of the special "ghost" whom he could call on and ask for solutions to problems. His ghost friend was always faithful and would always help him get ahead. This ghost would not actually respond in words, but instead, through actions; the ghost would change reality itself if the caller asked it. Each time he called the ghost, he waited for a response but the ghost never spoke back, so out of impatience he would put down the phone leaving the possible response on the other end. This happened until the ghost mysteriously stopped helping. He would call and ask for help but there wouldn't be any change in reality and thus he knew the ghost was gone. He felt betrayed. Forsaken, he finds other, better ways of changing situations in reality and thus stops calling the ghost. At the end of the song, he remarks that maybe the ghost is actually still there and perhaps if he looks again or in a different place, he may find his trusty friend and once again be saved by the mysterious force.

    This must be about faith. Just like asking God for help, he sometimes helps and sometimes doesn't. People often get fed up waiting for real results from requests to God and leave the faith. People also often desire that connection with the deity so much that they will, throughout their lives, look in the wind and rain for the ghost they think may be able to help them. That is just how desperate humans are.

    rplaughlon July 04, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationOne of my new Faves by Phish, heard the 7/6.98 version from Prague while camping on Lake Michigan a little over a month ago.

    My take on it is that it is a relationship with an old drug dealer. someone he never talked or boasted about and helped to get his fix, Someone who he could call and never have to worry about not failing to come through, his answers always came with actions.
    there was never much spoken during the interaction and the guy learned when he was needed before a call could be made.
    Jwaupon October 27, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThe whole tom marshals imaginary friend thing holds air but if you look at this song from a more departed less personal perspective it sounds to me like there singing about faith. its a song with alot of metaphors that meet up to spell out this bigger picture of a non material understanding in someones life that they gain support and understanding from, in my opinion this song deals with the trials and common struggles of having a higher focus within a certain theology how you can lose sight of that but the origin of that focus holds true.
    fouretwentey420on December 10, 2008   Link

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