"Ghosts" as written by and Albert Ayler....
Running along the rocks of the river
And the water's as cold as the snow
The man is chasing behind me
And I can't afford to falter or slow
I find solace in what we believe
Or the hush of a cool gentle rain
But there's something we love in the mystery
Of a man in the midst of a change

She laughed and said I was going nowhere
'Cause it's nowhere that she's ever been
When I get to that place she'll remember my face
And say "Hey man, I knew him when he was younger"
But she never loved me at all
She laughed when I was in pain
'Cause there's something that we are all frightened of
In the man in the midst of a change

Out on the roof to inquire of the sky
The existence of ghosts in my life
Who's to blame you or I?
No one would answer me
They just stared with the weight of the world I pretend not to feel

The windmill is poised for the battle
But the fool understands not the game
He believes in his mission, predestined position
Amazing the grace of her name
Oh he loves her now as he loved her then
Rocinante remembers the days
When I whistled and sat waiting patiently
With the man in the midst of a change

Running along the rocks of the river
With the freedom to step where I choose
Though I can't stop to rest I like traveling best
And besides, I've got nothing to lose from it
I find solace in all the extremes
In pleasure as well as in pain
I just wish he would let me explain to you
The man in the midst of a change

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"Ghosts" as written by Albert Ayler

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    General CommentNo explanation here, I just felt like sharing my opinion on something.. How come no one listens to any of the other songs that Gary Jules beautifully renders, besides Mad World? Granted, that's how I first heard of him, too.. but I liked that song so much, I went and found more of his music.. It's absolutely beautiful, he's a very talented artist, he's not just a musician featured in Donnie Darko.

    Sorry, I felt the need to rant..
    scawton June 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commenttoo true scawt, jules is an incredibly underappreciated artist who is by no means a one-hit-wonder
    zhockey7on July 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree. i too heard of him through donnie darko and then i downloaded more of his music and he's amazing! he is a great musician.
    mrs-mojo-risinon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentso... what's the song about?
    srh1sonon June 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds to me like, people being scared of change (in life or love) the ghosts are mistake you have made
    scottecooperon June 02, 2006   Link

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