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Taking Back Sunday: What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? Meaning


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Song Released: 2006

What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? Lyrics

And then you said a little more about your dreams,
Like that was my call. (My call.)
If you would only listen.
Bypassed everything and went straight for the neck.
(I study,)
We're studied.
(Up nightly.)
Dragged you out into the...

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2010 report

    I think that the song is a about a girl and a guy in a relationship. He pulls her aside, and "bypasses" the drama surrounding their relationship and just breaks up with her. My interpretation of "what's it feel like to be a ghost" is that he doesn't even see her anymore. She is metaphorically not there, and he no longer has eyes for her. He is mocking her, saying louder now, louder as if she is not there and he cannot hear her. She is nothing to him, anymore.

  2. ivoryorchid
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    Jan 2nd 2010 report

    The song is about a dysfunctional relationship. "And then you said a little more about your dreams, like that was my call" is suggesting that his partner was dependent on him to make her existence, and she relayed her dreams to him with the intention that he would use the knowledge to help her. "Bypassed everything and went straight for the neck" could be insinuating that finally he is forgetting all the drama and discussing the issue at hand immediately without trying to dodge the issue. "What's it feel like to be a ghost?" does not mean an actual ghost but could be referring to the ghost of her former self, a mere shadow of a person. "Are you up or are you up for this?" could be his way of saying the issue is at hand, a cure is to be obtained, but is she up for facing reality and conquering her ghost-like state? "This is quick but not quite painless, it sits perched on your arm." may suggest that the arguments they have are always quick and filled with pain, or she tends to act out with a quick and painful addiction that taints her -self mutilation (perched on your arm -tacky and irrelevant: she cuts herself which is tacky and in his opinion unnecessary). Simply put, the song is about a dysfunctional relationship with a girl who is too codependent on him for the relationship to flourish.
    Tacky and irrelevant. (So what?)
    A permanent reminder that oh christ.

  3. pencilsharpener
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    Feb 1st 2009 report

    A girl broke up with Adam and he's saying your like a ghost to him not there physically but spiritually the song is not literal.

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