Ella Henderson: Ghost Meaning
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Song Released: 2014
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'Cause I need something that can wash all the pain
And at most
I'm sleeping all these demons away
But your ghost, the ghost of you
It keeps me awake
My friends had you figured out
Yeah they saw what's...
Some important clues I like to point out.
Firstly, the young man and the old man are the same person. They have the same facial features and similar beards. The directors of this video did clearly found 2 look-alike actors to portray that they are the same person.
Secondly, the younger version wasn't just running away from the police. He was actually following the voices from the "ghost". This was evident as he was covering his head and ears in frustration many times during the run.
Thirdly, Ella is the ghost here, she led the younger version to the motel room. Her motive may be to lead him to confront his older-self. This was evident as Ella was seen during the police cars chased. She then disappeared in the next scene. Ella also featured many scenes in the motel which the younger man eventually turns up.
My conclusion is that the young man and his girlfriend which he loves deeply were having a wonder vacation near a river. The video did show they were on rowing on a boat. I suspect, there was an accident and the lady drown to death. The young man was shown to be in distraught after that.
The flashbacks did not indicate any signs of violence from the young man so I do not believe he killed her. He later went to jail probably because he could not get over her death and resort to crime or drugs leading to his incarceration.
In prison, the voices keeping ringing his head and drives him crazy to the point that he had to break out of prison to confront it.
The older man was shown releasing the lady to the river and letting her float away. He also tore her picture from mirror. I put this as him finally getting over her at an old age.
The younger version confront his older self at the end of the video. I believe the ghost which is his girlfriend wanted him to get over her quickly. Hence she directed him to see his older-self whom was living in a motel all alone filled with sadness. She wanted him to move on with his life earlier and not until when he is old and miserable.
anonymous Oct 12th, 2014 10:51pm report
Henderson told Radio.com that she and Tedder wrote the song in just twenty minutes, describing it as a "soulful song with a twist." She added: "It's about this someone or something that just has a hold over you, tormenting you, you're trying to run away from it, but you just can't. And I think a lot of people can relate in so many different ways."
anonymous Nov 24th, 2014 11:00am report
Mmmm I think the older man killed her and dumped her into the river. The older man got away with it, leaving the younger guy, which was the young girls boyfriend, to get convicted for her murder. He then escapes from jail, is running through the river they spent together there, that's why he stops a few times remembering the memories they had there. The older man is a serial killer, he had different pictures of girls, the pictures he was taking down were of the girls he murdered.
anonymous Mar 17th, 3:30pm report
Ghost song is about a girl or guy who was "ghosted" by the other person. They have to accept that it's not the end of the world. It happens for a reason and they have to get over it fast or else it will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
If one is "ghosted" by the opposite sex or same gender, don't hold a grudge, it only means they want to disappear like a ghost, like when you watch a horror or thriller movie, or "casper" the friendly ghost, you'll never know when the ghost appears but when it relates to being "ghosted" you'll know when you are being "ghosted' by the other person. They fade like the wind.
anonymous Mar 17th, 3:32am report
I think it’s about a relationship ending suddenly and without closure. You know when someone “ghosts” someone else and the person left has to get over the loss on their own. She has to “give up the ghost” and stop trying to figure out what happened and why he left her. It’s an all too common scenario.
anonymous Feb 8th, 2019 2:49pm report
I think that the people who's reviews have been rated down to one star are correct. Yes, their approach was rude, but they are right.
anonymous Nov 24th, 2018 11:37am report
Ella actually did an interview and explained the meaning of the song. It is actually far broader than any of these explanations. She said the song is a metaphor for a person trying to accomplish or overcome something but they are having a hard time but cannot shake the need. She did co-write the song and she said that she had essentially written an entire album, but still didn't feel like she had written her hit single and it was eating at her... that's how Ghost was born.
anonymous May 23rd, 2017 5:32am report
So many people are reviewing the video and not the lyrics. The artist said exactly what the song is about yet people are creating interpretations based on the video. This is just one simple example of how our society has learned to ignore truth and create elaborate fictions instead. It shows our habit of interpreting a visual to meet personal needs/desires rather than accepting the reality stated by the artist. Each individual interpretation should begin by saying what the artist stated that the song lyrics are actually about--which is that the song is about how someone/something has a hold on you and torments you so even when you try to run away, you can't. After stating the facts provided by the artist, each person may then offer their own interpretation based on their personal experience and relationship to the song or video. Until we re-learn to state the actual fact before offering our opinions, we will never be able to reclaim fact from opinion and our social divides will continue to grow. Creative, personal interpretations are valuable but must not be presented as if factual and people must also learn to distinguish the video presentation from the printed lyrics/words. Fabulous song, fabulous lyric meaning according to the artist, and fascinating interpretations presented by listeners.
anonymous Jul 27th, 2016 7:37pm report
Different guys!!! Young one was blamed for something he didn't do and the older guy did it!!! Ella is the ghost which leads the police to the location.
anonymous Jul 5th, 2016 7:51am report
You are all ignoring the fact that it is just a stupid music video and the lyrics are the real thing you should be discussing.
anonymous Feb 6th, 2016 2:06am report
I just like her voice and the song.
She was in love with him. He was a psychopath. She was a codependent Addict, Borderline Personality. She reached the Discard stage and couldn't figure out why he dumped her in the river. So she keeps going back to the river hoping she can retrieve the Idolization stage that entrapped her in the first place. Ultimately, as an old decrepid man, he ends up beaten by life's beauty, thus the tattooed body, (an effort to prove he is actually human and real). But he has never known love. Just sex, drugs and alcohol. She continues to "go back to that fairy tail river to pray" for the magic that was "them" in the Idolization Stage. Such a rush, such a high! Nope. Futile. He never loved her. She weeps for the image of love he used to deceive her. At least she's still praying. He's an empty shell looking for something that will never be satisfied. She still waits for his ghost to return. The ghost of a lover that never really was anyway, because she was just his Supply, while he was everything to her. He's a GHOST.
anonymous Dec 3rd, 2015 12:47pm report
Alrighty, this is going to sick for some of you reading this, but this is the ACTUAL meaning of the song. I know this from experience.
The writer of this song (don't know if ella is the writer or just the singer) is constantly haunted by demons. Not cute little Casper ghosts, but ghosts that touch her and torment her during the night. She goes to the river to pray, thinking that she'll be able to get rid of her past sins (the ones that opened her for demon possession or haunting in the first place, like sex or drinking or drugs just like the bars or dim motel rooms that video seems to put her) but it doesnt work because she's not getting rid of them the right way. We'll get to that.
Her friends had tried to help her, telling her not to become involved with the man, the drugs, knowing that within them is hiding the devil who's operating it all.
This isn't about the sad fate of two lovers. It's talking about an actual "evil" that "was coming through" the eyes of the man she was with, who was also possessed.
"These eyes sitting on the wall
They watch every move I make
Bright light living in the shade
Your cold heart makes my spirit shake"
Her home is full of demons who constantly watch her. They tell her to do horrible things, aka cold hearted, and they threaten to hurt her or ACTUALLY do hurt her if she doesn't obey. She is the "bright light" that is "living in the shade", because her potencial is so much more than what she's become. She's a daughter of god, but her light is dimming. She's in pain, emotionally, physivally, and spiritually.
"Each time that I think you're gone, I turn around and you're creeping in. And I let you under my skin. Guess I love living in the sin"
That's pretty self explanatory, but I'll break it down. Another one of the reasons her prayers aren't working is because she doesn't completely want to be free. She's in pain from her past and wants to be free but she enjoys, in small part, the feeling of demons inside her. She wants them gone, but at the same time she loves "living in the sin". She needs to "give up the ghosts" and become clean again. Truth is though, that if she only knew what happiness and true love was, she would "give up the ghost" in an instant and never look back.
"Oh you never told me True love was gonna hurt
True pain I don't deserve Truth is that I never learn" Satan has a very deceptive way of making us believe that good is bad and bad is good. The writer or ella was told, perhaps, that these demons love her, that they want to be with her, or that they'll make her more powerful. But it's a lie. True love doesn't act that way. She knows that inside, but she doesn't apply it to her life. She doesn't learn.
The commandments of God act as a shield against the power of the adversary. Many people look at them as barriers from "having fun" or "living life" when really EVERY.SINGLE.ONE is for YOUR happiness and progression. And if you choose the contrary; you are in his power.
anonymous Nov 6th, 2015 11:24pm report
Two ways to look at it:
The old guy and the young guy are the same person. The tattoos he got later in his life as he got older.
As a young man he met this girl and she died. Either he killed her or he was blamed for her death. The 'Ghost' of her 'keeps him awake'. He's in pain from losing her, even as an older man, and he's not able to let her go despite wanting to "Give up the Ghost, no more haunting baby". He keeps pictures of her on his vanity. He went to jail for her death, and he's unable to escape that pain and guilt of her death. He breaks free in the end to confront the man who he'll be in the future if he can't let go.
The second interpretation is simpler. The young man and the girl were in love, the older man stalked her and then killed her one day (keeping track of her with pictures on his mirror). The young man was blamed and was jailed. But he escapes and finds the man who did kill her, with the police chasing him in the background.
Either one works .
anonymous May 3rd, 2015 5:13am report
This song would make a great anti-smoking message. "Give up the ghost," refers to the addiction of cigarettes, that keeps haunting you no matter How hard you try to quit..It's always on your mind. It is fighting that demon called temptation that brings about the pain. The cigarettes will keep burning even if you don't initiate the release of it's toxic smoke.
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