"Ghosts" as written by Gareth Davies, Matthew Davies, Ryan Richards, Kris Roberts and Darran Anthony Smith....
Congratulations, it's a boy
Buried underneath the afterbirth of joy
Sticks and stones will always break
His bones can barely take the weight
Of your breath breathing down his neck again

Keep it to yourself
'Cause you don't need to ask
Everything was golden
Memories will last

Your family; a little girl
One little wonder with your back against the wall
Kisses at bedtime never meant
A life that came to represent
Failings that she could not forget again

Keep it to yourself
'Cause you don't need to ask
Everything was golden
Memories will last

She could not forget
Breathing down his neck
She could not forget

Well the price you pay is never worth
The pain to suffer the abuse
Lay down and sleep with all the ghosts
Again, again, again, again
Lay down and sleep with all the ghosts
Again, again, again, again
Lay down and sleep with all the ghosts
Again, again, again, again


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"Ghosts" as written by Darran Smith Gareth Davies

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  • +2
    General CommentPretty obvious meaning here...
    It's a condemnation of child abuse. The lyrics seem to question why people have children in the first place, if they are then going to mistreat them.
    Matt's vocals in the song are stunning.
    gemhenzon October 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is possibly my favourite song on the album. The lyrics are very obvious in meaning but the simplicity just adds to the emotion in the song. The guitar riff and Matt's vocals just work in such harmony in this song, they weave in and out of each other so well.
    poisoned_roseon December 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with what gemhenz said, it does seem to be a condemnation of child abuse. It's a brilliant song, in my opinion. Certainly one of their best, I can remember reading the lyrics' book of this album. When I bought it and being blown away by the lyrics of this song... before I had even heard it! Exceptional.
    IrisOfFireon February 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first part of the second verse is missed out, after the first chorus it should be

    'Your family a little girl
    one little wonder
    with her back against the wall'

    DaisyChainDaydreamon April 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI know I go really deep into this. But here's my thoughts: Congratulations, it's a boy
    Buried underneath the afterbirth of joy (means parents that celebrated when their son was born, but after a while, they regretted having him, and metaphorically "buried" him. as in emotional neglect)

    Sticks and stones will always break
    His bones can barely take the weight ("sticks and stones" means abuse. And it's saying here that he can barely take it)

    Of your breath breathing down his neck again ("breathing down ones neck" is an idiom that means overbearing. And so in this context it might mean overprotective, toxic parents .)

    Keep it to yourself
    'Cause you don't need to ask
    Everything was golden
    Memories will last
    (People suspecting abuse in a person's life, and asking about it. But that person denies it, and insists everything is okay.)

    Your family; a little girl
    (This changes stories now. I think now it's about a man adopting or fostering a little girl)

    One little wonder with your back against the wall
    ("Back against the wall" means a situation with no escape.)

    Kisses at bedtime never meant
    A life that came to represent
    (I think this is referring to sexual abuse, making the little girl feel like her life is worthless.)

    Failings that she could not forget again
    (The man making "mistakes" as a father that traumatize her.)

    Keep it to yourself
    'Cause you don't need to ask
    Everything was golden
    Memories will last

    She could not forget
    Breathing down his neck
    She could not forget
    (She can't forget his abuse)

    Well the price you pay is never worth
    The pain to suffer the abuse
    (Children shouldn't have to pay the price of being abused just so they can have parents.)

    Lay down and sleep with all the ghosts
    Again, again, again, again
    Lay down and sleep with all the ghosts
    Again, again, again, again
    Lay down and sleep with all the ghosts
    Again, again, again, again
    (Directed to child abusers. Its saying "good luck sleeping at night" when your actions should haunt you for every moment of the rest of your life)
    Cicieon February 18, 2018   Link

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