In the first days of the spring time
Made you up and split from one thousand enemies
Made a trail of, of a thousand tears
Made you a prisoner inside your own secrecy

There's a ghost in me
Who wants to say "I'm sorry"
Doesn't mean I'm sorry

At the first hour of the springtime
Made you up and split from one thousand enemies
Now I see you from the corner
Clock strikes
And I know you will be drinking alone

[Chorus x8]

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"Ghosts" as written by Rune Westberg Casey Abrams


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  • +6
    General CommentThese are the correct verses, first of all, if you hear the raw vocal tracks:


    In the first days - of the spring time
    Made you a prince with a thousand enemies
    Made a trail of - a thousand tears
    Made you prisoner inside your own frequency


    At the first hour - of the spring time
    Made you a prince with a thousand enemies
    Now I see you - from the corner
    Clock strikes - and I know you will be drinking alone...

    This is a quote directly from [u]Watership Down[/u] and the story of the rabbits who fled to recolonize a different place upon a premonition of danger:

    "All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed. ..."

    Seeing as the video depicts rabbits and danger and all that, I would be hard-pressed to not think the quote and the video are references to the fact that these band members (3 of them anyway) are English/British and it's a 1972 British novel they likely read while young and it "got to them" to some degree. I read it in grade school too in America and I was born in '72.

    But the overall message of the song about a broken relationship and her having separated him from his friends to some degree and now he is without love and without friends "drinking alone" is some reference of her remorse for what happened,...even if it's not her fault and she technically is not sorry for what happened, just has mixed feelings of how it turned out.

    That's my take. :) -Krusty
    Krusty1on June 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with chainsaw arm
    her conscience (ghost in me) wants her to admit that she has done something wrong and she wants to tell them sorry to make them fell better even though she isn't sorry about what she has done
    escobaton May 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first verse in the lyrics are incorrect...
    It's supposed to say:

    "In the first days of the spring time
    Made you a prince with a thousand enemies
    Made a trail of a thousand tears
    Made you a prisoner inside your own frequency"

    I don't know where people hear "made up and split from one thousand enemies"...?
    You can clearly hear the lyrics on the Modwheelmood remix of the song.

    [Music]Junkie09on May 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm sure this song has a deep meaning, but it's just hard to decipher because the song writer wanted to be as vague as possible.

    Well, the "Ghost in me" chorus isn't hard to figure out, it seems like somewhere in the speaker regrets an action they will, have, or are taking. But, the speaker still feels justified for their action regardless of the sympathy they feel for the audience.

    However, the "Prince with a thousand enemies" line is so abstract, that I have to think it's a reference to something else. It could be a reference to Richard Adams "Watership Down". The character El-ahrairah would be the "Prince with a thousand enemies" from that book.

    I think it's possible that the ONLY relationship between the speaker and the audience is one between a rabbit and his/her owner. Either that, or the speaker is also a rabbit.

    It makes plenty of sense, the deal with the wolf and the rabbits when you watch the music video. I don't entirely understand the entire song, however.

    I hope someone can decipher the rest of the song for us soon. It's pretty good. :)
    michinobu_zonedon June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is like this: "There's a ghost in me, who wants to say I'm sorry." That means that the person she was before would have said I'm sorry but that person is dead but still lingers every now and then (ghost). She doesn't mean I'm sorry which is that she the person she was before would have apologized but the person she is now won't.

    Very simple stuff here. Ladytron lyrics are so easy. Yeah right!!! lol
    martinellia88on July 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that she feels like she should say sorry mabey just to be polite although she is not really sorry...
    george1992on October 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definately believe this song reffers to a relationship that went sour.
    In my oppinion when they broke up, somwhere deep inside her she wanted to apologise to him (even if she did nothing bad, thats the ghost part), just to get him back and be toghether again but her head refuses to do so.

    After some time she just sees him drinking alone. Seems like he saw the mistake he made and now is alone, however she has moved on so there is nothing more to be said or done between them.
    MoonlightOrchidon August 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have no idea what the lyrics are supposed to mean but I somehow feel that Ladytron know their talents and that can be found in Helen Marnie's voice. So while the lyrics to this song may not mean much (in my opinion) the way they are sung and expressed is what makes it a standout
    serpentinepadon April 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about something that didn't come out as planned, like a relationship.
    Say there was a fight, and she did something that made them really sad.
    And later she had a thought of regret but still didn't feel bad about it.
    Chainsaw Armon April 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentidk....maybe the person is schizophrenic?
    _Yayness_Rawrness_on June 20, 2008   Link

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