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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, love, 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, love, 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, love, 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 The ghost in you, she don't fade Inside you the time moves and she don't fade The ghost in you, she don't fade
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The Ghost In You by The Psychedelic Furs
- "The Ghost In You" was written by Psychedelic Furs lead singer Richard Butler and his brother/bass player, Tim . The poignant lyrics about matters of the heart are typical of Richard's work.
- This was released as a single from the band's fourth album, Mirror Moves . By this time, Richard and Tim Butler had moved from England to America and the group seemed staged for stardom in that country, but they never really caught on. "Ghost In You" was the only song from the album to chart in the US, reaching #59. The biggest American breakthrough for the Furs came when their 1981 song " Pretty In Pink " was adapted for the 1986 John Hughes movie starring Molly Ringwald.
- The band, which started as a 6-piece, was down to a trio for the Mirror Moves album: lead singer Richard Butler, guitarist John Ashton, and bass player Tim Butler. Their producer, Keith Forsey, did double duty, handling drums in place of Vince Ely, who had recently left the Furs.
- A few soundtracks featured this minor hit from The Psychedelic Furs... by other artists. Counting Crows recorded it for the '90s teen comedy Clueless and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath covered it for the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy 50 First Dates . On the small screen, Matthew Puckett's cover was used in an episode of the SyFy channel reboot of Being Human (season one's "Some Thing to Watch Over Me"). The Furs' version was finally featured on the '80s-themed series Stranger Things in the season 2 episode "The Pollywog."
- A slew of other artists have also included covers of the song on their albums or in live performances, including Vernion Process (on Catalysts ), Duncan Sheik (on Whisper House and Covers 80's ) and BT (on These Hopeful Machines ). Robyn Hitchcock gave the song an acoustic makeover for a memorable in-store performance at New York's Tower Records in 1989.
- The video was directed by Tim Pope, whose work was all over MTV at the time. It shows lead singer Richard Butler at a makeup table, then performing in a landscape of altered reality with special effects that hold up surprisingly well. The Psychedelic Furs had a head start on most American acts when it came to music videos because like most British bands, they were making them before MTV went on the air in 1981.
- This song opens with a careless motorist running a traffic light: A man in my shoes runs a light And all the papers lied tonight In a Songfacts interview with lead singer Richard Butler , he explained: "It's saying a person like me, or perhaps even me, takes chances, runs a light. It's my little metaphor for taking chances, and then it goes into pretty straightforward, 'The papers lied tonight, but falling over you is the news of the day.'"
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- Denise from Santafe Butler claimed in an interview that the song was inspired by Princess Diana; written while she was still alive. “A man in my shoes runs a red light ... And all the papers lie tonight But falling over you is the news of the day.” Ordinary things get lost in the news when Diana was alive and everything she did was fodder for all the tabloids. “Stars come down in you. And love, love you can’t give it away.” While the most famous woman on the planet, and even famous people are diminished by her, she can’t find what she wants most which is love. She can’t find it with her Prince or the heart surgeon she loved. The song is beautiful, haunting and to hear it this many years later since her death makes the Title and subject that much more poignant. Trying to explain Diana’s popularity to anyone who wasn’t alive then is like trying to explain the Beatles. You can’t. She was deeply loved. This is one of the best Fur’s songs even if it wasn’t a huge hit.
- Virginia Ramirez from Canoga Park, Ca LOVE LOVE LOVE This song such a beautiful Melody with equally beautiful lyrics, I just wish I knew who it's about? It seems like there's some personal story behind it? Of course it could just be Richard Butlers sensitive heart bleeding all over his sleeve? If anyone knows the real story I'd love to read it.
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Listen: Robyn Hitchcock strips down Psychedelic Furs’ ‘Ghost in You’ for new album
Robyn Hitchcock this August will release a brand-new, Joe Boyd-produced album titled The Man Upstairs that will be “part well-known favorites, part personal discoveries, and part originals,” according to Yep Roc Records . The first offering off the record is an acoustic take on the Psychedelic Furs’ classic “The Ghost in You,” which you can stream in full below.
According to Yep Roc:
Modern standards like Roxy Music’s “To Turn You On,” The Doors’ “The Crystal Ship” and The Psychedelic Furs’ “The Ghost In You” are interlaced with lesser-known gems from such pals as Grant-Lee Phillips (“Don’t Look Down”) and I Was A King (“Ferries”), the latter featuring harmony vocals and guitar from the Norwegian indiepop combo’s own Anne Lise Frøkedal. Meanwhile, new Hitchcock originals like “Trouble In Your Blood” and “Comme Toujours” stand among his most fragile and heartfelt, his stark vocal and guitar cast by Boyd against simple, autumnal backing from longtime collaborators Jenny Adejayan (cello), Charlie Francis (piano), and the aforementioned Frøkedal (harmonies).
Check out the first single and full tracklist below:
Tracklist: Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs
1. “The Ghost In You” 2. “San Francisco Patrol” 3. “To Turn You On” 4. “Trouble In Your Blood” 5. “Somebody To Break Your Heart” 6. “Don’t Look Down” 7. “Ferries” 8. “Comme Toujours” 9. “The Crystal Ship” 10. “Recalling The Truth”
Love his acoustic stuff!
Nice to have a studio take of this! I’ve been digging the live version on the B-side of “One Long Pair Of Eyes” since it came out in 1989. Thanks Robyn!
What a great take on a Furs classic!
Singer and song are a great match, for sure!
As brilliant as I figured it would be. Nice to hear in a studio version finally after so many live bootleg versions. Will be buying, as if there were a doubt.
What a cover! Furs sung it well in studio but can’t sing live. now this, this is awesome!
Butler’s voice has impressed me every single time I’ve seen the furs live. Every single time, from 1984 to 2014. Never a sour note or s lazy slide or a modified high note. Not too many singers I can say that about.
I enjoy Hitchcock, but only 10 songs on the album when he’s likely got tons more to make it really worth buying.
There is a very very good concert available at archive.org that includes a (to my ears) better version of this recorded on Oct. 31, 2003 at the bottom line.
There are many other R Hitchcock concerts available there. You’re welcome in advance.
Oh– fully legal to download, btw.
Thanks! Looking forward to this!
here’s a vid, very recent:
I am always let down by cover versions like this. It does not convey the original’s emotion. Why record a cover if you can’t add something to it???
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The Ghost in You
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THE GHOST IN YOU CHORDS by Robyn Hitchcock
Disclaimer : This video is belong to the respective copyright owner on YouTube. This video is shared here solely for informational and educational purposes. For further details and to support the creator, please visit their official YouTube channel. If you’re a fan of the legendary Robyn Hitchcock and want to learn how to play his iconic song “The Ghost in You” on guitar, you’re in luck! There is a fantastic guitar tab tutorial video available that breaks down the chords and riffs so you can play along at home.
The video, hosted by a talented guitarist, starts off with a brief introduction to the song and its background. The instructor then goes on to explain and demonstrate each chord and riff, making it easy for even beginners to follow along. The video is shot in a clear and concise manner, allowing viewers to clearly see the frets and strings being played.
For those who may not be familiar with Robyn Hitchcock’s music, “The Ghost in You” is a hauntingly beautiful song that showcases his unique songwriting and guitar skills. Learning to play this song will not only give you a deeper appreciation for his work but also improve your own guitar playing abilities.
The video tutorial is a great resource for anyone looking to expand their guitar repertoire and add a classic song to their arsenal. Whether you’re a Hitchcock fan or just looking to learn a new song, this tutorial is a valuable tool for guitar players of all levels.
In addition to the chords and riffs, the instructor also provides tips on how to capture the mood and feel of the song, adding an extra layer of depth to the tutorial. By the end of the video, you’ll have a solid understanding of how to play “The Ghost in You” and can start practicing on your own.
Overall, this guitar tab tutorial video for “The Ghost in You” by Robyn Hitchcock is an excellent resource for guitar players who want to learn this classic song. The instructor’s clear and detailed approach makes it easy for anyone to follow along, and by the end of the video, you’ll be well on your way to mastering this timeless track.
So, grab your guitar, tune in to the tutorial, and get ready to learn how to play “The Ghost in You” like a pro! Whether you’re a longtime fan of Robyn Hitchcock or just discovering his music, this tutorial is a must-watch for any guitar enthusiast.
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