He don't get out much
These days
But I wouldn't call him

He sees the dawn sneak
Into the room
And knows the dogs will
Be up soon

And we thought that he was doing alright
As the sun chased down another night

And days careen
Like the waters
Of a river rushing
To the sea

Here she comes again
Down the staircase
She never passes without
Saying hello

And we thought that he was doing alright
And she says hello

I can't forget the ghost
I can't forget the ghost
I can't forget the ghost
Of his smile

Dogs will wag their tails
And birds will sing
Hell it's hard world
For little things

And we thought that he was doing alright

I can't forget the ghost
I can't forget the ghost
I can't forget the ghost
Of his smile

Lyrics submitted by twitty

"Ghost of His Smile" as written by Mark Linkous

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationI get the feeling this song is about someone who has commited suicide, and the 'I' in the song regrets not seeing the signs, and can't help feeling like they should have been able to help. "I can't forget the ghost of his smile" to me says that maybe the person seemed happy, but wasn't really, and there's a sort of guilt for not seeing through the ghost of a smile, like the 'I' is blaming himself. "We thought he was doing alright" again says how he didn't realise the smile wasn't genuine.
    The last verse, "hell it's a hard world for little things", makes me think of a suicide victim aswell.
    bumcivilianon November 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentabout one of those guys who's always happy, no matter what. you know? :P

    cute and lovely little song
    ripelivejamon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song lately. I especially like the way the first verse or so is sang. Overall, it all reminds me of an old friend of mine... very old friend of mine, and it just makes me happy... so, yeah....
    xmakesherflyxon November 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsung*
    xmakesherflyxon November 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it's about suicide. This person seems like he's always happy, but he's usually by himself staying up all night alone. He appears to he happy, but in the end, no one realized that he wasn't doing alright.
    Qjasoon June 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis may blow your minds:
    It's about the final years of his pet turtle.

    He did a write-up of his songs on his site
    snakezandarrowz9on June 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentCan you link to the write ups? That'd be great to see.

    This one still makes me think of suicide and it makes it so poignant after what happened to Mark Linkous. Such a sad loss.
    bumcivilianon October 23, 2012   Link

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