I watch the western sky
The sun is sinking
The geese are flying south
It sets me thinking
I did not miss you much
I did not suffer
What did not kill me
Just made me tougher
I feel the winter come
His icy sinews,
Now in the firelight
The case continues
Another night in court
The same old trial
The same old questions asked
The same denial
The shadows closing round
Like jury members
I look for answers in
The fire's embers
Why was I missing then
That whole December?
I give my usual line,
I don't remember
Another winter comes
His icy fingers creep
Into these bones of mine
These memories never sleep
And all these differences
A cloak I borrowed
We kept our distances
Why should it follow that
I must have loved you?
What is the force that binds the stars?
I wore this mask to hide my scars
What is the power that pulls the tide?
Never could find a place to hide
What moves the earth around the sun?
What could I do but run and run and run?
Afraid to love, afraid to fail
A mast without a sail
The moon's a fingernail
And slowly sinking
Another day begins
And now I'm thinking
That this is indifference
Was my invention
When everything I did
Sought your attention
You were my compass star
You were my measure
You were a pirate's map
Of buried treasure
If this was all correct
The last thing I'd expect
The prosecution rests
It's time that I confessed
I must have loved you
I must have loved you

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Ghost Story Lyrics as written by Gordon Sumner

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is a man's song, in my opinion. Men are conditioned by society from a young age to repress their feelings. He's older and is reflecting on his younger years and a particular relationship. He used to pretend indifference about it, but he is ready to admit that he felt love for this person. The analogy of a court case throughout each stanza is cool -- it's like he must put himself on trial in order to admit the truth of his feelings. I love the way the music builds up along with his realization that "I must have loved you." Great song!
    rooibos76on July 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBeautiful simplicity. I love the key change at the end (Okay, musicians' nonsense, but it's my favorite part because of that...)
    emilieheidelon January 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI had the opportunity to hear Sting on public radio when this album was released. He said this song was about the relationship between him and his father.
    jtbon February 11, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is definitely about his father, and how after denying it for years, he must have loved his father after all. "You were my compass star"; he was led by him. "You were my measure"; he wanted to be like him. "When everything I did sought your attention". In his book, Sting talks about that later in life, he realized becoming famous was an effort to win his Dad's respect.
    GoneResistanceon January 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationActually, "gone resistance" is correct. They interviewed Sting asking him about Ghost Story and he stated that 'That's what ghosts are,' says Sting. 'They haunt you until you acknowledge them. The song is about being haunted on a nightly basis by the past that tortures you mentally until you say, OK, this is the truth now let's move on.'

    If you notice the song goes from somber to a little lighter after 'acknowleding' his ghost (his father). Btw a ghost in this sense is not a spirit but more like a haunting thought or feeling.

    Very moving song, Sting is amazing!
    krzya3on February 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my absolute favourite sting song. there's something about it that makes me want to sing.
    SirSocietySSBon July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, the song is moving, but pretty simple, it's just some of that sting magic i guess
    plumgirl7on August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout the simlicity of it, I have the impression, when reading it (cause I haven't yet been blessed with hearing it T.T) that the first halth is like a poem, and from the middle down, it becomes a song.
    Also, the first halth has more visual immigery
    (I watch the Western sky
    The sun is sinking
    The geese are flying South

    Another night in court
    The same old trial
    The same old questions asked
    The same denial

    The shadows close me round
    Like jury members
    I look for answers in
    The fire's embers )

    ... and the second pare is more of a statement, with more pure emotion and has monologue.
    AprilMoon1991on July 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhen I heard this song, I felt a similarity. My mom died & I did not cry like a daughter who loved her mom. Rather, I was bitter & indifferent because she was emotionally, physically & mentally abusive. When he sings about about nature, It reminded me how I would look out into the distance to block off all the negative things my mom would say. I'd focus on something beautiful. As I got older, I'd lash out at my mom like a judge & jury, demanding to know y she did this or said that, but most of all, why she didn't love me? Even after everything I did to get her to love me, how I idolized her as a child. Even with her being mean, I looked up to her.It still hurts because I still cry because I know I still love her,regardless.sorry if I don't make sense.
    Triplet123on March 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe is fighting his feeling of love. This is a battle of his logic represented by the defense he presents in court, the seasons representing each phase of his transition of his perspective of the relationship, and finally the turmoil of his emotions that he tries to modulate. However even when he tries to negate his feelings about this relationship through logic, he still finds himself at the conclusion that even logic leads him back to where he was which is love.
    Mixteron July 21, 2017   Link

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