"Walking with a Ghost" as written by and Tegan Quin Sara Quin....
No matter which way you go
No matter which way you stay,
You're out of my mind
Out of my mind
Out of mind
Out of my mind

I was walking with a ghost,
And I said please, please don't insist
I was walking with a ghost,
And I said please, please don't insist.

Lyrics submitted by walkingwithaghost, edited by Soy

"Walking With a Ghost" as written by Tegan Rain Quin Sara Keirsten Quin

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    General Commentpersonally, i think the song is about not wanting to admit you can never really push someone out of your life, even if you think you have.
    don't know if that makes much sense to anyone else but it makes sense to me.

    oh and tegan and sara are from calgary, i think.
    they probably have one of the most unique sounds anyway.
    fascination_streeton March 30, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me, this song is about moving on from being with someone who isn't "there" with you, meaning you're in a relationship with them but they're not putting their heart in it the way you are. you're walking with a ghost. yet, they won't let you go. They "insist" on being with you, they drag it out and keep you with them. they run hot and cold, they "stay" and "go". Its almost like they aren't into you the way you are into them, yet they don't want to let you go either. Finally, you end it... and even though they keep using their old tricks to try to keep you with them, you're done. or at least, you're trying to assure yourself that you're done..
    karaeron December 11, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti agree with fascination_street.

    it's kinda like you try to walk around alone but this"ghost" from your past keeps following you around, and you say PLEASE DONT INSIST (get it? like you want it to go away).
    and they keep repeating "you're out of my mind"
    but they know it's not true because they are singing about it.
    repetition = trying to convince myself that "you're out my mine...OUT OF MY MIND" (but you're not...i wish you were) lol.
    JeSuisUneRockstaron May 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment@inconstanti

    It’s unreal on what level a song can speak to you; maybe even guide you out of your situation. I started listening to Tegan and Sarah a year ago when I heard "feel it in my bones." What affected me was their voice distinguished itself over the noise and crap you sometimes hear on the radio. The month before my girlfriend had dumped because I was no longer the same person that she fell in love with. In my mind I couldn't let go because like Tegan and Sarah she was the only one who had glimpse of my soul. And so began my walk with a ghost, a ghost which nearly killed me off and sent me deeper down a pit for a year. Tegan too was left behind in the video with her ghosts, her thoughts, etc. Ripping my heart of my chest when she wishes death on me I had no reason to live because at this point I was already loner waiting to see her university of next year. I thought I could manage my insomnia raged on for nights on end making it difficult to tell reality from delusional during daylight. It got so bad that I began seeing her during the day and talking to her while lucid dreaming. There was times where people noticed my strange behaviour so I had to withdraw into myself in order to get away from them. I became the complete opposite of myself and didn’t care because it kept me happy and “well” under the enormous amounts of stresses I was feeling from school. She became my drug and if the delusions and dreams weren’t enough I couldn’t get her out of my head.

    When fantasies weren’t enough to repress the love I felt for her racy thoughts flooded my mind 24 hours of the day. At the time it was summer and I sunk into a world of drugs (painkillers, weed, alcohol, anything to occupant me) which numb the pain and turned me into a crackhead. I was listening to "back in my head" one day and was thinking to myself “that’s what I’ve always wanted…” Tegan and Sarah communicated to me in ways through that song that nobody else had or else I would have been okay. It lightens my sorrow but it wasn’t what I was looking for as I continued to try to kill myself in order to kill my thoughts. I was unsuccessful in my attempts even though I ended up bashing my head on the road by loosening the front tires on a hill. I found myself in a parallel world for the next couple months waking up and smoking anything I could get my hands on and in larger quantities. In January I heard the song “the con” and I was at the point where I needed someone to encircle me because I couldn’t help myself at this point. It reminded me of how I felt when I called my ex and she told me to die, “capsized.” Even though I’m a guy I have no problem admitting I cried myself because I was so disgusted with the image facing back at me in the mirror. My teeth had gotten soft from not eating, the bags under my eye lid sunk even lower and I had abandoned my hopes and inspiration in life.

    It took another month for me to come across another one of Tegan and Sarah’s singles walking with a ghost after I found out the White Stripes are finished and they did a cover for them. When I saw Tegan with another girl I thought it was Sarah at first but when I noticed it was all alone with her something had dawned to my spirit that wasn’t clear to me before. I wasn’t entirely alone, I was overtaken but maniac bipolar disorder. This had been the closure that I was looking for all this time. It had taken a hold of my relationship to my ex but I had always thought that I strictly suffered from depression, social anxiety, and insomnia. The knowledge I had gain from Tegan literal sense of being stuck with one’s self (which points out one’s mind is powerful tool to self-destruction, especially love) shed light on my own situation, my struggle with maniac bipolar disorder. You must understand I did not realize that I had issues only now but I had seek therapy, medication, and all sorts of things but none of those professional really knew how I felt. You could say Tegan and Sarah is therapy music for the soul but that wouldn’t be far from the truth. They broke out of my bipolar cycle and returned back to normal that Sunday night two weeks back. It felt like I regain my strength that I had lost to my alter ego. What was strange too was I overcame substance abuse that night without any medication (my family doesn’t very much money so I didn’t come to them with my problems and neither did I want to), however; I’m currently seeking help and feeling better about it. It unfortunate that the twins had to suffer at one point in their lives in order to produce these songs but their suffering and beauty has an effect on us all or else you’ve wouldn’t have read this far. I hope Tegan and Sarah come across this if not I hope to see them one day because if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t made out alive this year, they have my undying gratitude

    Martin Mirek
    Loneguitariston February 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsweet song, wonderful video..
    I found Jesuisunerockstar's (come again?) explanation the best, though I guess TandS know it better..
    I especially love the video where I'm guessing there's evil and good or any 2 opposite terms. the evil one ript out the hearts of the good ones and takes them to her place. but then she's sitting all alone with all the hearts around her, she's not satisfied. And then one of the good ones pounds on the evil's door and eventually is let in. there she puts on headphones and starts saying "out of my mind.. out of my mind). then she2s on a surgery table and some hands with veeeeeery long arms are operating on her. after a while she wakes up on the surgery table and sees her heart has been put back in its place. and she runs to the other "good ones" and all their hearts are returned. Then we see the 2 evils look at them and we see that they have the surgeon glows which were on the giant hands before and their hearts are ripped out, meaning they ripped their own hearts out to give each good one a heart back. although I saw only 2 evils and 3 good. so where does the extra heart come from? ok, that was a very materialistic question for such a matter.
    I guess it's about friends who hurt us but that doesn't make them happy either. anyway it's 5 am and this is the best I can do rite now.
    I just like the sweet gothic feel, like in the video..
    salvoon August 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is fucking legendary... quite creepy too, if you compare it to the whole twin thing..
    YoungxForxEternityon April 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the ghost aspect can refer a few things really. It may refer to the fact that even before a couple has broken up, the other partner had become a ghost. They're there but not really. Then comes the moment they split up and now the partner really has become a ghost-hey've moved on and all they've left behind are the memories. The singer has this mantra going on in the song to convince herself that this "ghost" is out of her mind, and is proclaiming it to the world, and is insisting that the ghost-the person who dumped them (especially if they run in the same circles), the ghost of the past, and when or if they do meet the person asking the ghost of the past to not insist on dredging up their past with this person.
    Sheshon November 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a great song and they explained what the meaning bhind the lyrics and video was but i don't remember :s
    walkingwithaghoston October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is brilliant.
    killstaron December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey are twins and i am just assuming cause i remember watching them perform on MTV and they said they spent time appart and i just think taht this has to do witht he myth that twins feel each other even if they are 20000000 miles away from each other.
    oldskoolpunker23on December 20, 2004   Link

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