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- This song deals with the fear of losing someone. It is not to be interpreted about just losing one special person. According to the band, the whole album is about losing people. >> Suggestion credit : Ryan - Fredericksburg, VA
- The video could have been about losing a girl, but they took an entirely different direction and portrayed the band as soldiers in WWII scenes. The aspect of loss appears when bass player Mikey Way is shot and killed by German fire.
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- Frank from Texas This song will always make me cry and also Helena since most of the album is about death, I lost my grandma in Oct. 2019 and every time I listen to Helena and when I listen to The Ghost of You I think of my grandma and grandpa also (Dec. 2020). Just hearing both of these songs make me cry so much but they also bring so many good memories
- Athina from Canada My uncle was murdered in sept 2022 & I lost my cousin who passed away in her sleep last month. This song has been getting me by. Just felt the urge of searching up the meaning of the song now lol. The grief is never ending but so is the love.
- Destany from California Gerard looked suuuuper cute in this video lmao I'm sorry
- Daniele from Italy Great song, great video.
- Alex from Nc Honestly this is my favorite music video that they have ever shot because of the scenes
- Charity. from Nc This pains me so much. Just seeing how Gerard shot up and yelled Mikey’s name and he kept on running whilst Gerard broke down in tears, screaming. And how the scenes where he sings after his death fogs up like how your eyes would when you cry. Such a masterpiece..
- Lucas from North Carolina Jesus Christ this song is sad it reminds me of how my great grandfather inspired me to want to get into the military for his work in World War Two and every soldier in the allies we are here today for their help we can still sit down and have fun
- Arechi from Texas Yo cat Kat from Illinois. The music video was extremely tame. You want something more real? Watch saving private ryan.
- Kat from Illinois my teacher showed this video in class the other day. no one in the class really understood the topic (D-Day) until we got a visual. the feeling in that classroom when the video was over was unreal. I almost started crying once Mikey was shot and I think it was because I saw someone I knew in that physical state. It really brought a whole new meaning to the topic that I think a lot of people don’t really grasp. I’ve always loved this song but I’m not a music video type of person so I never bothered to watch it. Really great video and I’m glad MCR made their comeback!!
- Saca from Afrca I feel the pain in this song.
- Dyoweh from Singapore, Singapore its a great damn music and a nice MTV video too, I would really like to see another version of its music video.
- M from Asdfjkl;, Il I think it was hard for Mikey to hold his breath for 45min. let alone 10min.
- Megan from Stevenson, Al OMG! I was hooked on this song when it came out! I just couldn't stop listening to it....I love the old, dated look to this video. I looooove the part of the song where he whispers and then the music gets loud!!! My favorite part!
- Vicky from Chesapeake, Va every time i hear this song i can feel his / her pain , the agony, the anger, just all of it makes me want to cry in pain along with them....i really feel for them! Also, in the video, when mickey gets shot, Gerard screams his name in terror and you can see the horror in his eyes from what he has just witnessed happening before him. It is such an intense feeling that this song gives you! I just love this song so very much it is so totaly awesome....in fact its amazing! Yeah!
- Ethan from Md, Md This song is about Some Womens husband going out to war and dying,and the wife thinks about killing herself.Most fo this is his wife talking,except for when he starts yelling.When she says "At the end of the world" she is talking about the war,not her life.Then she says "Never coming home" she revers to her husband who is MIA.And when the song says "could I should I?"She refers to killing herself,and she is very depressed,which is why the song picks up tempo when They sing about him fighting and dying.
- Maria from Jacksonville , Fl I think this song is about someone contemplating suicide after someone close to them dies. I didn't get that feeling the first time I heard the song, but after I read the lyrics over a few times, the suicide thing started to become evident. Atleast to me. "I never said I'd lie in wait forever If I died we'd be together now I can't always just forget her But she could try" The very first line makes me feel like the 'voice' of the song (or guy) never agreed to keep on living after the 'girl' died. Maybe she was terminally ill and the whole song is a reflection on a life he'll never be able to live out with her, "And all the things that you never ever told me And all the smiles that are ever gonna haunt me" The lines, "At the end of the world Or the last thing I see You are Never coming home Never coming home" make me invision the reality of the girl's death crashing down. And then "Could I, Should I" makes me think that he is thinking about following her into death. Of course this song is not limited to a girl and boy interpretation, as seen by the video, but this suicide feeling is atleast what I gathered from the lyrics.
- Indigo from Adelaide, Australia just because it says "she" in the song doesn't mean it is about a girl. i think "she" is representing the loss of anyone, it doesn't have to be a girl. Gerard said its about someone dying, no one in particular, just losing someone. you don't have to take the lyrics so literally. the video is so great, it is so differnet from what i thought it would be. gerard is good in it, but i think mikey was awesome!
- Melissa from Liverpool, United Kingdom GERARD SHOULD BE IN MOVIES HE IS BRILL IN THIS VIDEO!!!!!!!! anyway I think this song is about someone who has lost somoene(break up or died) and I think he has a new gf who basically is angry cause he cant get over her but really he loved her and feels like the world is coming to an end if your wondering why I got the gf Idea look at the line "but I cant always just forget her but she could try" just my opinion.
- Jess from Cobram, Australia people probably think this is about a girl because they keep saying SHE maybe??? lol i think u can take it different ways and i think the video is perfect for this song. really.
- Kat from Boston, Ma The song got its name from the Nostalga add, "oh how the ghost of you clings" in the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore
- Courtney from Harrah, Ok Why do so many people always think a song is about a girl? That stereotype is getting really old.
- Kandice from Corona, Ca this song is named after something in a graphic novel called Watchmen. in the novel, there is a character who has a product and in the advertisement for that product, there is a catchphrase which is "oh, how the ghost of you clings" gerard way talked about it in one of his interviews
- V-starr from ??????, Mi I love the song I like the video I hate the part when Mikey Dies :(
- Cynthia from Belfast, United Kingdom The video and the song are two different things. They are separate..the song isn't about Mikey it's about a girl you retards ... the video is just dare to say it's about losing someone not Mikey ..oh my god such as.. 'at the top of my lungs and my arms she dies'
- Axl from Kilgore, Tx Well this song can be taken different ways depending on the perspective. When I first heard it the thought that popped into my head was simply another song about love lost. In retrospect I guess it still is but after my decision to join the Marine Corps. Infantry (leaving for bootcamp end of may)this song had an unexpected emotional impact on me. The chorus (at the end of the world or the last thing I see you are never coming home...so on and so forth)in my opinion has so many meanings tied into it that its hard to take the understanding and put it into words but I think the part in ()'s could be about a soldier seeing someone important to them in his final moments or even that of family members having to come to grips with the fact that "you are never coming home". At the end of the chorus (could I, Should I) it portrays the fear or unwillingness to say something then the regret of it cause its to late. And the final version of the chorus deals with the trauma some or all soldiers deal with after they see war firsthand. My sister played the video after I told her of my military decisions and I think she got her point across in a way that I understand. My advice to all is not to let yourself "be afraid of fear" (Nirvana-you know your right) and say what has to be said to soldiers or for that matter anyone worth your time cause this life is short and there are no real second chances. Sorry for my long windedness...is that a word?
- Ozzy from Fresno, Ca I wish their new music was less...main stream. I mean, like I listen to the oldies and emo punk idk is weird. Anyways, I was at my middle school dance and everyone started singing along to Teenagers and I'm like omg is this mcr? It IS sad too
- Skyttles from Poolpartytopia, Czech Republic This video is Great...but not as good as Famous Last Words.. Its funny because in the music video for Ghost of you, when Gee is screaming at the bar after Mikey dies...he's not lip syncing..he really had to scream and sing no matter how bad he sounded! I wouldnt be able to do that!!
- Jenna from Nova Scotia, Canada in response to Althea's thing you CANNOT be emo,emo is a type of music you're either hardcore or scene.Oh and this song is really wicked!I love it!
- Summer from Greenwood, Sc In my opinion this song is about a soldier and is significant other. I believe the woman commits suicide. The soldier says (If I died we'd be together now) which means that if he died in action he would be with her. And then she says (At the end or the world Or the last thing I see You are Never coming home Never coming home Could I? Should I? And all the things that you never ever told me And all the smiles that are ever ever) which could be her feelings on him in the war.
- Ali from Oxford, Pa I've always seen this song from the perspective of a soldier and his girlfriend or wife. I think that he first line of the first verse 'I never said I'd lie and wait forever' is from the girlfriends perspective, saying that she never promised to wait for him to come back, and that while he was gone she found someone else. 'If I did, we'd be together now' means that if she had promised him she would wait that they would have been together after he came back, but that isn't possible now since she is with another man. 'I can't always just forget her, but she could try,' could possibly mean that now since he is home and she is with another, that he wishes he could just forget her and ever being with her, and wishes she would do the same and just stop calling/ making contact with him. The chorus to me seems to be him coming to grasps that she's never coming back to him, that she doesn't love him anymore. The second verse seems to be him remembering back while in the war, that he constantly had a feeling that she wasn't all alone and that someone else. I dunno, I've just always saw it as something like that.
- Aliya from Rocklin, Ca Mikey didn't fake die for three hours, in an interview he said he had to fake die for 45 minutes.
- Morgan from Gresham, Or I love this song sooo soo much!!! it helped me get through hard times many times. so sad when mikey dies, the expression on gerards face makes me wanna cry, mikeys a really good actor. i cant believe he faked dying for 3 hours...i wouldnt be able to do that. i love mikey and gee...and every1 else in mcr 4 that matter...
- Katie from Temecula, Ca its about losing someone u love... becuse we all go thru it!!!very sad music video mikey dies!!!!!!i cry whenever i listen 2 it... amazing and incredible.... mikeys a good actor... its NOT about gerards grandma!!!thats helena!!!its about noone in particular its just about death
- Althea from Everett, Wa I Love This Song, I Cry Everytime I Hear It....All Their Songs. I Just Can't Help It, Crying. I Guess I'm More Emo Than I Thaught?
- Trish from Omaha, Ne This is definitely one of my favorite songs by MCR.
- Brittany from Centreville, Va my boyfrieind (ex) broke up with me because he is going to iraq. he sent me this video after he broke up with me.. i wasnt sure exactly what he was trying to tell me.. still not very sure. he said he doesnt want me to loose someone else ( i lost my mother ) but i think by ending our relationship is just as bad as loosing him to war.
- Aisling from Dublin, Ireland here the url for it.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WuTPksMP2s also if u use the keywords my chemical romance MCR the ghost of you hidden track subliminal message. you should be able to find it...also check out the cemetary drive hidden msg.
- Jordyn from Ogden, Ut Hey aisling, how do you find the 'hidden message' im there but i cant find it.
- Hannah from Hampshire, England I dont think this ong is about anyone in particular dieing. In the lyrics it refers to a woman but in the video its their brother and their friend. They performed this at a concert I went to and Gerard said it was just about dieing. No one in particular just losing people.
- Dj from Concord, Nc mikey said he had to fake dieing for over 3 hours
- Aisling from Dublin, Ireland in my opinion the video really brought out the true meaning of the song, its such a heart felt song...apperently if you play it backwards theres a hidden msg, its on youtube.
- Katie from --, In Joana, there's no such thing as a perfect song. There isn't and there will never be one.
- Joana from Lisbon, Portugal This song is amazing. I first heard it when I lost someone really important and nothing could explain better what I felt than this song. The song is perfect, I can listen to it everyday that I won't get tired of it.
- Tabitha from Brooklyn Park, Md This song has nothing to do with their grandmother. The album is DEDICATED to her. Just because something's dedicated to that person doesn't mean that every song on the album has to be about them. I think it has to with someone losing someone without getting a chance to say goodbye. Such as "At the top of my lungs in my arms she dies", he's saying that he was trying to say goodbye to her, but he didn't get the chance. And he will be haunted by her smiles ("all the smiles that are ever gonna haunt me) and by his doubts ("All the things that you never ever told me"). And he won't even be able to see her ghost, so she'll "never [come] home".
- Meghan from Tipperary, Ireland ya i know that at the end mikey dies but i read somewhere when frank said he enjoyed dieing in the middle of it!i was just wondering if anyone else had seen that part in the video where he dies!because i didnt!
- Meghan from Tipperary, Ireland ya i know at the end mikey dies but i read an interview where frank said he really enjoyed dieing in the middle!ive seen in the end of it where bob and it seems to be frank are holding gerard back!i didnt see the bit where frank dies in the video and was just wondering if anyone else had?ya i agree with u thou!the bit at the and where gerard is shouting makey and the others are holding him back!its really moving!
- Droopyeyes from Hcmc, Other To Meghan: the one who dies is Mikey, not Frank. It's the same time when Gerard shouts his name. I love this so much. It really hurts me to see Mikey get shot and fall down and Gee shout "Mikey".
- Mike from Petersham, Ma I like this band and their songs!!!!!!
- Droopyeyes from Hcmc, Other I love this song, the lyrics, the melody, everything. And Gerard's voice's really great. And I love the video. I really love it when Gerard shouts "Mikey" in the video. It's so moving.
- Ilse Serna from Empalme, Sonora, Mexico Who has heard The Black Parade record?
- Meghan from Tipperary, Ireland i love this song soo much!it has a special meaning 2 me!does frank die in the middle of it??
- Georgina from Laredo, Tx I love this song it give me chills
- Andrea from Tucson, Az This song rocks! i just keep replaying it until i get it stuck in my head so i can listen to it when i'm not listening to it... uhhh yeah i think thats the right way to say it.. but i love how they did this song and the words deffinitly have a message about the fear of loosing someone they love. I didnt know there was a video i think ill go check it out now!
- Cheryl from Poolville, Tx This song is amazing. Gerard's face at the very end is priceless and depicts the exact reaction a person would show in those kinds of harsh situations.
- Ilse Serna from Empalme, Sonora, Mexico This song is very true. Everyone feels like that when they lose someone.The first time I saw it it almost made me cry.When someone dies it is hard to except it but in the way Mikey died it is even harder to put the words death, died,dies, or die in your vocabulary. It does have a lot of sad things but we all have to deal with it at one time or another. It is hard to lose someone you love but it has to happen. You can't really explain anything in words for this song. That's how deep this song is. At the end it is very sad because Gerard had to see his own brother die.
- Simone from Redwood City, Ca I love the song Ghost Of You not only because the video roxx and that the song has alot of feeling to it, its cause in the video, Mikey Way looks like my cousin Mikey. My cousin was also in the Marines, and in the video so was Mikey Way. My cousin died, and in the video so did Mikey Way. So it really makes me feel a little on the good side because it looks as if i am seeing my cousin on tv. But the bad part is that Mikey dies and seeing that is like seeing my cousin die right in front of my eyes. So, it makes me happy but at the same time sad. That is why i love the video Ghost Of You.
- Kirsty from D&g, United States i think this song is about losing somone so close to you.and when he sez never coming home hes mening tht heas dead and gon and nomater how much u want him to be ther bak hith you safe in your arms in your hause its not going to hapen and you need to think of al the good things thet hapend the way they changed your life n made you fell not the facked tht ther not on the face of the earth any more
- Sheree from Cheshire YOU GOTTA LOVE THIS SONG!!! It rocks MCR are gonna take over the world Frank and Gerard are sooo FIT as ever but not as fit as tom delonge and jamie walker.It make's me feel sad to listen to this song but it's great.Laters dude's.
- Angelica from Centralia , Mo I love My Chemical Romance!!! This song is sooooo good....but I think my 2 faves would have to be Helena and I'm not okay (I promise) But this one is great. I love the music video too! -Angelica,Centralia MO
- Elizabeth from J-ville, Fl this song is about the end of the world. very heavily based off of Saving Private Ryan
- Lee from Trenton, Nj O N E M O R E T I M E - Helena is for there grandmother NOT GHOST OF YOU!
- Guess from North Andover, Ma Mark Webb directed this video. He did a really good job.
- Melissa from Toledo, Oh OMG I love this song sooo much! I can't even describe how amaizing this song and video is! I cry everytime I see Mikey get shot it seems so real. I love it!!
- Mercedes from St. Marys, Canada This song is about loosing someone wo has made a huge impact in your life. Probably refering too Gerard and Mikey Way's Grandmother Elena Lee Rush, who inspired the brothers in many ways.
- Erik from Willow Hill, Pa this is mcr's best song. the video is just amazing and words can't explain it. the song is just as good.
- Jack from Hemel, England This song was written about Way's grandmother, it was explained in an interview on Kerrang! a while back
- Joel from Nottawa, Canada great video, it was really well directed. Props to whoever that was..
- Tara from Sydney, Australia the video.......words cant desript it i nearly cried as well i loved the sence were the solider got shot and it was a slow motion scene and hes screaming im crying as im writing this
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- Breana from Opelika, Al This song explains the pain of men and women after the loss of a loved one. People dont understand how it feels to loose someone or something they love. This song is for everyone who has ever lost someone
- Rachel from Sullivan, Mo This song is amazing...and the video...wow...so sad. I cried when I saw it, I was so moved by it.
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Pretty obvious meaning, if you ask me. Of course, everyone has their own interpretations. There is no "true" meaning to a song. What ever it means to you IS the true meaning. (:
"I never said I'd lie and wait forever If I died, we'd be together I can't always just forget her, but she could try"
- He's not going to wait, knowing they can't be together now, so he's thinking of suicide to possibly be with her, and stop all the pain that the ghost of her, or memories, are causing. He can't just forget about it all, and her. It's not that easy. But maybe she could at least try now.
"At the end of the world Or the last thing I see You are never coming home, never coming home Could I? Should I?"
- He knows he's not getting her back, so it might as well be the end of the world to him.. And this might be him questioning suicide again. Just more expressively. & It sounds to me like he's asking "Could I be with her if I did?" and then "Should I do it?" If that is the case.
"And all the things that you never ever told me And all the smiles that are ever ever"
- It hurts to think of the things that could have possibly been. Maybe they never had a chance to say/do/be what they wanted with eachother, or at least not to him.
"Ever.. get the feeling that you're never all alone? And I remember now At the top of my lungs, in my arms she dies.. she dies!"
- Although she is gone, maybe he still has some kind of connection with her.. The ghost of her(memories), as I'm guessing the song suggests, or his love for her. But it's still very painful to be reminded of, or remembering. I think it's expressing how much with "At the top of my lungs, in my arms she dies".
"And all the wounds that are ever gonna' scar me For all the ghosts that are never gonna' catch me" If I fall.. If I fall.. (Down)"
- He has been, and will continue to be hurt by it for a while. He's scarred. Either way, he will try his best to go on though. But he's still not sure if he will be able to.
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I must disagree with you but like you said everyone has their own interpretations. If you take a closer look at the name of the song and the lyrics, IMO he is talking about a girl he loved who died. I believe you are right about the suicide, because by killing himself, it will allow him to be with her again on the other side (if there is one). It is even given away in this part...<br /> <br /> "Get the feeling that you're never<br /> All alone and I remember now<br /> At the top of my lungs in my arms she dies<br /> She dies" <br /> <br /> she dies in his arms and at this part it is him remembering that feeling that she is still with him in spirit or as a "ghost" which the song is so aptly named after all. If you think of it from my perspective, the rest is self explanatory in a "she is dead" point of view.
The song is unrelated to the music video, and that is where people are getting their interpretations messed up. If it were about the video, then mikey would be a girl("she" in the lyrics). It is about a guy whose girlfriend dies, and he is sitting around waiting to die too because, to him, there is nothing else worth living for. He is haunted (ever get the feeling that your never all alone) by her smiles and the relationship that they would have had (all the things that you never ever told me). When he is alone he thinks back to the day she died in his arms. he knows that he will only be with her again in the afterlife (at the end of the world or the last thing I see...you are never coming home). Could I? Should I? refers to whether he has the courage or will to go through with suicide "to see her again."
pretty simple lyrics to interpret but most of the people on this site probably failed english lit.
I'm with you there. I feel the same way about this song.
He misses the girl he loved that as died. long story short. You shouldn't be bickering over such an amazing song. It's great, that's all that matters, is it not? Shutup and respect this amazing song. <3
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ya know...i had a experience not too long ago that totally made me think different about this song..i was dating a girl for awhile and she broke it off with me..and i love this girl soo much..it hurt..well i continued to love her for a long time and tried alot to get back with her until finally one day i realized that all she did was treat me like shit and i deserved so much more...well one day she came to me and wanted me back..but at that moment she almost seemed dead to me..like i didnt want anything to do with here..so this experience made me think..maybe he had a relationship like mine..just bear with me and think outside the box for a moment...
i never said i'd lie in wait forever (he got tired of wating for her to love him again) if i died we'd be together (she is dead to him now..and hes using death as a metaphor saying if he died then they would both be dead) i can't always just forget her (it was hard getting over her) but she could try (now he thinks she should try getting over him)
at the end of the world or the last thing i see (she is the last thing he sees now) you are never coming home, never coming home could i? should i? (saying he wont get back with her..but does contemplate it "could i? should i")
and all the things that you never ever told me and all the smiles that are ever, ever, ever (maybe about all the lies...and now he knows and he wont be haunted by her smiles anymore) get the feeling that you're never all alone (implying the cheating she did with other men) and i remember now at the top of my lungs, in my arms she dies, she dies (she finally told him about the lies and now she is def. dead to him)
the rest of the song is pretty much the same...i could easily be wrong..but please give it a look and think about it...i love MCR and they show so much depth on this album and i see a huge future for these guys..thanks for listening
@lost_all_chance This is one of the most painfully relatable interpretations I've ever read. What a song.
There's been quite a few songs about being haunted as of late. And I think that's what this is about. People always like to think to be haunted means there is an actual physical manifestation of a ghost around to do so.
But in reality, there is so many other subtle ways. To lose a lover is to lose that connection you have with them. Or is it? Where does all that energy go?
To have someone in your head, or always the emotion in your heart of someone, is just so painful. And the ghost exists within you.
"at the end of the world or the last thing i see"
I have been seeing a lot of artists writing the "end of the world" in their lyrics as of late. Perhaps this has to do with the "end of the world" feeling? That feeling where someone dramatic happens in your life and you just float around feeling like everything is just going to fall a part.
Very good and sad song.
yeah, i definitely see the trends as well, and not just in music.
I can't believe no one has commented on this song. Very powerful lyrics. Very powerful song. Very powerful CD. I think this song is just about a guy that can never have again a girl he once had. I think she died? His references to her never coming home, i took that as her never coming back to him. Who knows though. Great song.
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i thought he said,<br /> "if I died, we'd be together"
If you ask me its him debating wether he should start getting over her, and the "dying" represents what would happen to their possibly new realtionship if he decided to give up.
I agree with you, My Chemical Romance are a very special band to me, and create such powerful and moving songs, like The Ghost Of You, witch express emotions that other mands just can't do.
I think that this song to me means that the guy has gone to war and didnt come back because he died. I mean have you seen the video for this song? It's very sad, but the way it's done makes it seem like the guy died.
"You are Never coming home Never coming home"
It reminds me of a part from Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage" when henry is handed a package by another soldier who thinks he is going to die in battle to give to his family.
my interpretation, most closely touched on by 'lost all chance' is not that someone has already died. i feel like this song is about the risk of love. its about the fear of loss. im sure everyone has been in that situation where you start to realize just how intensely you feel about someone and the thought of it not working dawns on you. its a grimly romantic way to weigh the options...is loving her worth all the haunting it will cause him if he loses her? i feel like the song implies that she is alive and all the lyrics about what he has lost is a jolt into his future that he could experience.
"i cant always just forget her, but she could try" "if i fall" "could i, should i?"
death taken on a much less literal level could mean death in faith, death in love, a broken heart.
yea I agree.but it sounds sad.
I will agree this is probably the song with the most depth on the cd. Or atleast the way I take it.
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The Ghost of You by My Chemical Romance: Lyrics Meaning and Interpretation
My Chemical Romance is an American rock band that was founded in 2001. The band was heavily involved in music production and touring until 2013. After that, they took a 6-year-long break. In 2013, the band broke up due to creative differences. The band consists of the following members: Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, and Frank Lero.
“The Ghost of You” is the fourth single from the band’s second studio album, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”. The subject matter of this album is borderline emo. This album as well as this track topped the charts in both UK and the USA. The music video of this song also took more than 1 million USD to make. It was one of the most expensive music videos of the time. My Chemical Romance, due to their striking lyrics and bold music, rose to fame very quickly in the American music industry. After their reunion in 2019, the band has promised to bring more great music to their fans.
What does the Title mean?
The title of the song “Ghost of You” is about a dead lover, the ghost of whom haunts the narrator. The song deals with touchy subjects like suicide, death, war (in the music video), and bereavement. It’s one of those songs that you have to listen to, in order to fully experience it. The ghost is that of the narrator’s lover. And the whole song is a sort of monologue by the narrator.
Verse 1 – What does it mean?
“I never said I’d lie and wait forever
If I died, we’d be together, ow
I can’t always just forget her
But she could try”
My Chemical Romance is a band known for stitching a narrative throughout their albums. “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” is no different. The whole album is about a man who has lost his lover to the grim reaper. In the first verse, he exclaims that he never promised to lie idle and wait for his lover forever. Coupled with the next three lines, we can derive the meaning of the first verse. It seems that his lover had died. Thus , he is pondering suicide. He doesn’t want to wait for his lover anymore and just wants to be reunited with her.
This verse also posits the idea of an ideal afterlife. In this afterlife, he will meet his lover or at least a version of her. He cannot forget her as well because everything reminds him of her. This is called bereavement and it’s very common among the loved ones of those who pass away. You begin seeing their faces in things such as clouds, tea leaves, and whatnot. The narrator also wonders whether his lover has moved on or not. After all, she could be in heaven at the moment. And heaven is supposed to be a happy place. Thus , she doesn’t have to get all sad up there by thinking about him. The narrator is okay with her moving on. However, he just cannot do so. He has to be reunited with her somehow.
What does the Chorus mean?
“At the end of the world or the last thing I see
You are never coming home, never coming home
Could I? Should I?
And all the things that you never ever told me
And all the smiles that are ever gonna haunt me
Never coming home, never coming home
And all the wounds that are ever gonna scar me
For all the ghosts that are never gonna catch me”
These lines take up a whole new meaning when we couple them with the music video. The music video is about American soldiers on D-day . The last thing that they’ll see is the battlefield and they’ll never be able to return to their families. Thus , the second line. They’ll never be able to see their home again. On the other hand, if we interpret these lines within the context of the larger narrative of the album, this could be the narrator coming to terms with reality. The reality being that his lover is dead and she will never come back to him.
Everything that she had done and her smile – everything haunts the speaker who is still alive. It seems that there is a bit of guilt under these words. The narrator could be wondering why God had to take her with him, but leave him behind. He also wants to be dead, as that way, he can be with his lover. That’s why he is contemplating suicide. It’s pretty clear from the lines – “Could I? Should I?” Her death has been very traumatic for the narrator. That’s why it has left scars that would never heal.
Death of a loved one can push anyone into depression. However, if it’s someone with whom you’ve envisioned your future and are romantically involved, it can be devastating. All of your dreams and hopes go down the drain with their death. The same has happened with the narrator.
Verse 2 – What does it mean?
“Ever get the feeling that you’re never all alone?
And I remember now
At the top of my lungs in my arms, she dies, she dies”
The word “ever” acts as a bridge between the chorus and the second word. It’s a very important word as it’s associated with things like love and death. When someone dies, they die forever. There is no coming back from death. That’s a fact that the narrator is having a difficult time to accept.
In the second verse, he asks the listeners whether they know the feeling of having someone watching over them. The feeling of never being alone. It’s as if his lover is watching over him all the time. And everything starts coming back to him – how she died. He held her in her arms as she died and he shouted at the top of his lungs. The second verse recreates the traumatic death of the narrator’s lover and sends him down in a spiral. The whole song is a representation of the narrator’s mental breakdown.
What does the Bridge mean?
If I fall down
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa , whoa, whoa, whoa”
The bridge wraps up the song nicely. In the end, the narrator “falls”. The word “fall” could be symbolic of death. Perhaps, the narrator decided that life is not worth living anymore and he committed suicide. Or he has given up on the memory of his lover. The possibilities are endless, but none of those possibilities are happy for our narrator. It’s a very sad song that doesn’t end well for the narrator.
“The Ghost of You” is about the death of one ’s lover. It’s haunting and full of pain. The Ghost of You lyrics meaning aren’t that hard to grasp. They radiate pain and hurt. Anyone who has gone through the loss of a loved one can relate to the Ghost of You lyrics meaning. If you want to understand the Ghost of you lyrics meaning even more comprehensively, you should listen to the whole album and watch the music video as well.
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