Ghosts That We Knew

Album: Babel (2012)
Charted: 88


  • Mumford & Sons unveiled this song during a performance at Philadelphia station Radio 104.5 On October 29, 2011. It finds Marcus Mumford singing of a broken relationship that he hopes can be repaired: "But I will hope as long as you like, just promise me we'll be all right."
  • The song evolved as the result of the band performing it to audiences and tinkering with it afterward. "That one came together really on our Canadian tour about a month ago, the first time started playing it," multi-instrumentalist Winston Marshall told MTV News. "We tried recording it before, but it then took on a new life when we played it on that tour. ... [The songs] always change when we play them live; the dynamics change a lot. When you play it to a new room, you're playing it to new ears, and you're listening to the song through their ears. So it's really great to feel the song out."
  • "Ghosts" features an instrumentation of acoustic guitar, banjo and accordion and when performed live, it allows the band a chance to catch their collective breath. "It's fun to play ... it's a kind of respite for us to just stand back and play a slower song," Mumford told MTV News with a laugh. "It's nice: gives us a moment to take stock."

Comments: 1

  • Megan from Stevenson, these guys! <3
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & PalmerSongwriter Interviews

Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).

Rock Stars of Horror

Rock Stars of HorrorMusic Quiz

Rock Stars - especially those in the metal realm - are often enlisted for horror movies. See if you know can match the rocker to the role.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's Songs

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.

Tom Waits Lyrics Quiz

Tom Waits Lyrics QuizMusic Quiz

Pool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?

Stand By Me: The Perfect Song-Movie Combination

Stand By Me: The Perfect Song-Movie CombinationSong Writing

In 1986, a Stephen King novella was made into a movie, with a classic song serving as title, soundtrack and tone.