"The Ghost In You" as written by and Richard/butler Butler....
A man in my shoes runs a light
And all the papers lied tonight
But falling over you
Is the news of the day
Angels fall like rain
And love is all of heaven away
Inside you the time moves

And she don't fade
The ghost in you
She don't fade
Inside you the time moves
And she don't fade

A race is on I'm on your side
And hearing you my engines die
I'm in a mood for you
For running away
Stars come down in you
And love, you can't give it away
Inside you the time moves

And she don't fade
The ghost in you
She don't fade
Inside you the time moves
And she don't fade

Don't you go
It makes no sense
When all your talking supermen
Just take away the time
And get in the way
Ain't it just like rain
And love, is only heaven away
Inside you the time moves

And she don't fade
The ghost in you
She don't fade
Inside you the time moves
And she don't fade


Lyrics submitted by Major Valor, edited by Ritzytrailer

"The Ghost in You" as written by Timothy Butler Richard Lofthouse Butler

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  • +3
    General Commentpure and simple - it's a love song.
    peacefrogxon June 29, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is a song that can be interpreted many ways it seems. When I first heard it, I thought it was a love song. Admittedly, I did not know all the lyrics, and still question some of them now.


    I love "furrealgirl"'s interpretation too, but it seems from my recent experience, this song means this...


    A man in my shoes runs a light = Guy discovered there was another lover competing for her
    All the papers lied tonight = All the love letters were a lie
    But falling over you is the news of the day = re-iterating the surprise he felt that someone else loved her

    Angels fall like rain = Love from her was "heaven", now it's gone, so angels fall...
    love is all of heaven away = heaven was love, and so now love seems so far away...

    inside you the time moves and she don't fade = we find that he is thinking of the past... time has passed (moved on), but her memory is still there
    the ghost in you she don't fade = once again, the memories don't fade

    the race is on i'm on your side = back then he was competing for her...just like the first line of "runs a light"...competition for her...racing for her...
    hearing you my engines die = he drops everything whenever he hears from her
    i'm in a mood for you = he loves her or...
    (for/or..i think "or") running away = ...or wants to run away from the pain...notice how he says this a little sadly...like he feels sad that a love can hurt so much when it's not returned, so you want to run away....

    stars come down in you = since there is no "heaven", even the stars fall, but she still looked heavenly
    love you can't give it away = but she still won't give him love

    don't you go it makes no sense = pleading : don't leave me

    when all your "talk of supermen" just take away the time = talking about guys better him just takes away time from me trying to win you back
    OR
    when all your "talking supermen" just take away the time = other so called "better" guys competing for her takes away time from him trying to win her back

    and get in the way = notice how he says this...like he's been pleading for her to come back, but then says this line like he just now realizes at that moment that he has no hope no matter what he says...

    ain't it just like rain = so he cries, tears cuz he realizes there is no hope
    love is only heaven away = love for her was heaven, now it's not there and so love is far away....



    So this is a song of a guy reminiscing of a failed love, and the spirit of what he loved in her will not go away....
    vickunon May 05, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentA beautiful song.
    Thia007on November 15, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think he's talking about her spirit or soul, which indeed wouldn't fade at all.
    JohnDiFool2on July 08, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm just going on a whim here, but I think it's about a girl he used to love, she might be dead or alive, and the thought of her won't "fade."

    The race might be time trying to take those feelings away from him but he'll always be "on her side."

    Those supermen could be other men trying to woo her away and just getting in the way.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts. Amazing song by the Furs. Love their stuff.
    nikkopotamuson September 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey lyrics as they're stated today are wrong. I've submitted a correction.

    Plain and simple, as many of you have stated, this song is about having been in love with someone who never leaves your memory.. "She's living in you" -

    This song was so prophetic on a personal level in my personal life that part of the lyrics were incorporated into a tattoo i created, about the love of my life .. from 30 years ago. She still remains my angel that is 'all of heaven away'.
    Ritzytraileron April 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't see this beautifully poetic song as a love song, but as a deep song about loss and time passing. It seems to be about somebody who has died or become unreachable.

    Referring to the daily news, he indicates that falling over someone, possibly reading about her in the papers, is his news. This point suggests an unexpected encounter with somebody that prompted poetic feelings. Angels fall like rain, and love is unreachable. Perhaps, an old friend has died.

    Time within her (us) moves, but the ghost within her (us) doesn't fade.

    He's on the side of someone, but it also takes him down, making him ambivalent between her or running away. She's somebody special, but love . . . he can't even give it away.

    He's not going to something, and urging somebody not to go, possibly to a funeral, because the talk and supermen waste time and get in the way of truth. Tears, perhaps, are like rain, and love is only heaven away.
    patrickrwuon November 13, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlright, the Furs are awesome and "The Ghost In You" is a great but seemingly mysterious song. This seems like a sad song with a sort of happy rhythm describing matters of the heart. It has always struck a chord of melancholy.... someone's at a loss regarding something... here's my interpreted opinion.

    He still cares for her greatly (still loves her, still misses her). At any given opportunity his mind can drift into that place where she remains sewn into his heart and memories. The thought of her loss can suddenly and physically create tears in his heart and mind.
    He may block out the loss occasionally by staying busy but when his mind is at idol it's a downward spiral of his soulmate lost for good. The relentless thought of her creates a mountain of regret and sadness in his heart. He knows they had a super strong love but that he somehow the true love was lost, somewhere along their way. Though that love now seems forever far from his reach, and he cannot understand it, he just wants to know that they will both end up alright.

    A man in my shoes runs a light
    A MAN (LIKE ME OR ANY OTHER MAN) RUNS A LIGHT
    And all the papers lied tonight
    THE DAILY NEWS IS ALL HYPE & LIES
    But falling over you
    BUT THE CONSTANT THOUGHT OF YOU
    Is the news of the day
    IS MY REAL STRUGGLE EVERYDAY
    Angels fall like rain
    SINCEREST TEARS OF LOSING YOU STREAM
    And love is all of heaven away
    AS MY ENDEARING LOVE FOR YOU SEEMS FAR BEYOND REACH

    Inside you the time moves
    And she don't fade
    The ghost in you
    She don't fade
    Inside you the time moves
    And she don't fade
    TIME MOVES FORWARD EVERYDAY
    AS MY LOVE FOR YOU NEVER FADES
    LIKE A GHOST I CAN ONLY WISH FOR YOU STILL
    AS MY SINCERE LOVE FOR YOU DOESN’T FADE.

    A race is on I'm on your side
    TIME KEEPS PASSING AS I STILL WANT TO BE BY YOUR SIDE
    And hearing you my engines die
    FOR YOU REMAIN SEWN TO MY HEART AND IT’S BROKEN WITHOUT YOU
    I'm in a mood for you
    I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND AGAIN
    For running away
    LIKE A DOWNWARD SPIRAL THAT WON’T GO AWAY
    stars come down in you
    HOPES OF BEING WITH YOU FADE
    And love, you can't give it away
    THIS LOVE THAT WON’T QUIT…I STILL CAN’T GIVE IT TO YOU.

    Inside you the time moves
    And she don't fade
    The ghost in you
    She don't fade
    Inside you the time moves
    And she don't fade
    TIME MOVES FORWARD EVERYDAY
    AS MY LOVE FOR YOU NEVER FADES
    LIKE A GHOST I CAN ONLY WISH FOR YOU STILL
    AS MY SINCERE LOVE FOR YOU DOESN’T FADE.

    Don't you go
    WHY’D YOU END THIS LOVE
    It makes no sense
    I WISH I COULD FIGURE IT OUT
    When all your talking supermen
    SEEMS EXCHANGED EXPRESSIONS OF FOREVER LOVERS
    Just take away the time
    WERE JUST A WASTE OF TIME
    And get in the way
    AN MEAN NOTHING ANYMORE
    Ain't it just like rain
    MAYBE IT’S JUST AS WELL
    And love, is only heaven away
    MAYBE LOVE WILL COME AGAIN ONE DAY


    Inside you the time moves
    And she don't fade
    The ghost in you
    She don't fade
    TIME MOVES FORWARD EVERYDAY
    AS MY LOVE FOR YOU NEVER FADES
    LIKE A GHOST I CAN ONLY WISH FOR YOU STILL
    AS MY SINCERE LOVE FOR YOU DOESN’T FADE.

    Inside you the time moves
    And she don't fade
    The ghost in you
    She don't fade
    TIME MOVES FORWARD EVERYDAY
    AS MY LOVE FOR YOU NEVER FADES
    LIKE A GHOST I CAN ONLY WISH FOR YOU STILL
    AS MY SINCERE LOVE FOR YOU DOESN’T FADE.


    Inside you the time moves
    And she don't fade
    The ghost in you
    She don't fade
    TIME MOVES FORWARD EVERYDAY
    AS MY LOVE FOR YOU NEVER FADES
    LIKE A GHOST I CAN ONLY WISH FOR YOU STILL
    AS MY STRONG AND SINCERE LOVE FOR YOU DOESN’T FADE.
    beatdoctoron June 07, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song is allegorical....running a light and lying papers= he's well known if only among friends and acquaintances, and he's got a GF (or BF, I'll go girl just for simplicity)...he did what guys do sometimes...he hung out with another girl because he was interested intellectually or just found her fun to be with...no sex...and his "friends" gossiped, got back to the GF. The papers lied. People like to bring people on the upswing down a notch, angels falling like rain.
    I'm guessing the ghost is her soul, a good soul, what attracted him to her to begin with, "I won't judge you if you don't judge me."
    She threatens to go, the gossipers, talking supermen, interfere.
    Man, ain't we all been there. .It's a beautiful song, underappreciated, exquisite melody.
    Saw them in ft Lauderdale once, sat in front row, great performance, the sound was so loud it damaged my hearing, I've had tinnitus ever since.
    dano113463on July 23, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is one of my favorite songs of all time. It is one of the few tunes that I never got tired of.

    Like so many of the best New Wave songs, this song is about lost love.

    My Interpretation Line By Line:

    A man in my shoes runs a light
    ( a guy like him is breaking the rules to win this girls heart)

    and all the papers lied tonight, but falling over you is the news of the day.
    (no matter what anyone else thinks or says, he wants only her)

    Angels fall like rain and love is all of heaven away.
    (There are so many beautiful women out there, but love is hard to find and he only wants her)

    Inside you the time moves and she don't fade. The ghost in you she don't fade.
    (Time has gone by, but there is the one girl he can never forget)

    Background Lyrics During the Above Line:
    Drums beat time in you and I and rain don't fall down here no more. It's coming down to losing it in you.
    (Time has passed and no other girl could ever compare to her and it's driving him crazy)

    A race is on, I'm on your side and hearing you my engines die.
    (He's been looking for love, but he hopes that she will come around to choose him, but she reminds him in some way that it's not him that she chooses and it kills him)

    I'm in a mood for you, for running away.
    (He'll always want her even though she didn't choose him and it makes him want her more)

    Stars come down in you.
    (No matter what she does she seems wonderful)

    And love, you can't give it away.
    (He's having a hard time finding someone to make him forget her, and she won't have him even though she knows he wants her)

    Don't you go, it makes no sense when all your talking supermen just take away the time and get in the way.
    (He can't understand why she left him and now she's seeing others)

    Ain't it just like rain, and love is only heaven away.
    (She and others find love, but for him love has always escaped him and it's basically because he can't forget her)
    DavidInAustinon August 29, 2016   Link

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