This was inspired by the Dan Clowes graphic novel of the same title, which was later made into a movie also called Ghost World. The lyrics deal with friendship and the frustrating, mundane aspects of going to high school in a town from which you're trying to escape - the subject of the graphic novel. "Everyone I know is acting weird or way too cool" and "I'm bailing this town/ or tearing it down/ or probably more like hanging around."
The music video shot in small town and high school gym. In it, Mann wears the quirky, creative thrift store costume outfits worn by the characters Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer in the Ghost World graphic novel.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.