Her Ghost
Jon Brion Lyrics


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Her ghost is six or so feet tall
And the lights in the house are dim
His voice still echoes through the hall
She can't get away from him

I clear the couch off and I sit
She hangs up the phone and then
She says she can't believe he quit
But I know he'll be back again

Every hour on the hour
He will reappear and make it clear that he's around
It's not your average social call
He does it all without a sound

Her ghost is propped up in the hall
He speaks no evil there
He doesn't notice me at all
I find it a bit unfair

I'm bathed in shadow from that wall
I know he'll be in the air

Every hour on the hour
She'll watch her apparition stare her down, but pass her by
And I've no ammunition
I'm the one who's being exorcised

Every hour on the hour
Every moment all my power
And every where I turn
I tend to learn that she's got
Memories that never burn

And this is of concern and I prepare to go
'Cause this I know
That though he's out of sight
He's in her mind and in my hair
I'm tiring of this fight
Besides it's getting me nowhere

Her ghost makes all of this occur
He does it breathlessly




So long as he's the life in her
He'll be the death of me

Overall Meaning

The song "Her Ghost" by Jon Brion is a vivid depiction of a woman haunted by her past relationship. The lyrics describe the woman's ex-boyfriend as a ghost that won't leave her alone. The ghost is six feet tall and his voice echoes through the house. The woman can't escape him and he keeps coming back, even though she knows that he'll hurt her again. The artist takes on the role of the woman's friend who is watching her suffer and trying to help her move on.


Jon Brion's haunting lyrics evoke a sense of despair and helplessness. The ghost is not only a metaphor for the woman's ex-boyfriend but also for the memories and emotions that she cannot escape. The use of imagery enhances the mood of the song, the dim lights in the house, the ghost propped up in the hall, and the artist bathed in shadows.


Overall, "Her Ghost" is a poignant and powerful song that perfectly captures the anguish of a person haunted by the past. It's a song that will resonate with anyone who has ever been in a toxic relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

Her ghost is six or so feet tall
The haunting presence of her former lover, represented by her 'ghost', feels overwhelming and all-encompassing, even towering above her at times.


And the lights in the house are dim
The low lighting in the house adds to the eerie, unsettling atmosphere of the situation.


His voice still echoes through the hall
Even though he is physically absent, the sound of his voice continues to haunt her and refuses to leave her thoughts.


She can't get away from him
No matter how hard she tries, the memory of him persists in her mind and continues to affect her life.


I clear the couch off and I sit
The artist tries to maintain some sense of normalcy and comfort by cleaning up the couch and taking a seat.


She hangs up the phone and then
The woman has just ended a phone conversation.


She says she can't believe he quit
The woman expresses disbelief that her former lover has left her.


But I know he'll be back again
The artist is convinced that the presence of her ex-lover will continue to haunt her, no matter how much she tries to move on.


Every hour on the hour
The haunting presence of her ex-lover recurs with clockwork regularity, a constant reminder of what she has lost.


He will reappear and make it clear that he's around
The ghostly presence of her ex-lover continues to manifest itself in subtle, unsettling ways, making it clear that he still looms large in her life.


It's not your average social call
There is something eerily different about the way her ex-lover continues to haunt her, as if he is still present in her life in some tangible way.


He does it all without a sound
The ghostly presence of her ex-lover is a silent, insidious force that makes its presence known without the need for words or overt action.


Her ghost is propped up in the hall
The image of her ex-lover's ghostly presence lurking in the hallway feels especially eerie and unsettling.


He speaks no evil there
The ghostly presence of her ex-lover does not say anything, adding to the sense of unspoken tension and unease.


He doesn't notice me at all
The singer feels invisible and ignored by the ghostly presence of her ex-lover, which seems to be fixated entirely on the woman.


I find it a bit unfair
The artist feels resentment towards the ghostly presence of her ex-lover, as if he is somehow cheating her out of the opportunity to move on with her life.


I'm bathed in shadow from that wall
The artist feels overshadowed by the ghostly presence of her ex-lover, which looms over her like a dark and ominous entity.


I know he'll be in the air
The singer is convinced that the ghostly presence of her ex-lover will continue to plague her, no matter where she goes or what she does.


She'll watch her apparition stare her down, but pass her by
The woman feels overwhelmed by the ghostly presence of her ex-lover, which seems to be fixated on her even as it continues to elude her grasp.


And I've no ammunition
The artist feels powerless and helpless in the face of the ghostly presence of her ex-lover, unable to do anything to change the situation.


I'm the one who's being exorcised
The ghostly presence of her ex-lover is like an entity that needs to be exorcised from the woman's life, but it is the artist who feels like she is being banished or exiled in the process.


Every moment all my power
The haunting presence of her ex-lover drains the woman's energy and makes her feel powerless to move on with her life.


And every where I turn
No matter where she goes or what she does, the woman cannot escape the ghostly presence of her ex-lover.


I tend to learn that she's got
The artist has come to realize that the woman is still deeply affected by the memory of her ex-lover, even if she tries to hide it.


Memories that never burn
The memory of her ex-lover remains stubbornly persistent and refuses to fade away, like an ember that never completely extinguishes.


And this is of concern and I prepare to go
The singer feels worried and anxious about the situation, and is ready to leave in order to get away from the haunting presence of the woman's ex-lover.


'Cause this I know
The singer is convinced that the ghostly presence of the woman's ex-lover will continue to haunt her, no matter what she does or where she goes.


That though he's out of sight
Even though her ex-lover is physically absent, his ghostly presence continues to loom over the woman's life and thoughts.


He's in her mind and in my hair
The pervasive influence of her ex-lover's memory affects both the woman and the artist, creating a sense of unseen entanglement between them.


I'm tiring of this fight
The singer feels exhausted and drained by the persistent presence of the woman's ex-lover.


Besides it's getting me nowhere
The singer feels that her efforts to grapple with the haunting presence of the woman's ex-lover are futile and ultimately pointless.


Her ghost makes all of this occur
The ghostly presence of the woman's ex-lover is like a force of nature that makes everything else in her life seem trivial and insignificant by comparison.


He does it breathlessly
The ghostly presence of her ex-lover is suffocating and overwhelming, like an invisible force that takes away her ability to breathe or think.


So long as he's the life in her
The ghostly presence of her ex-lover remains a powerful force in her life, even if it is only a memory.


He'll be the death of me
The singer feels like the ghostly presence of the woman's ex-lover is slowly killing her, draining her energy and making it impossible to move on with her life.




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: JON BRION

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