Brent Smith told Artist Direct
that when he wrote this autobiographical song, he was talking about a specific day in his life. "I woke up, and I didn't recognize myself anymore," he said "I had really let myself go physically and mentally. I had just hit a very rough place in my life."
"My girlfriend, who is a huge part of my life, " Smith continued, "picked me up and said something to me that changed everything. She was like, "Listen to me, I love you and I respect you. You have a lot of people around you that love you too, but you are letting yourself go down". The way she put it is was like this - I am a lot more focused, a lot healthier, and a lot more dangerous when I am clear-headed. She basically said, 'It's time for you to get dangerous again. Get your head out of your ass, pick yourself up, get motivated, get healthy, get your life back, and be the man everybody knows you can be.'"
"'Through the Ghost' was a reflection of that," Smith concluded. "It's like, 'The world will never know you like I do.' It's like talking to yourself in the mirror. Personally, I don't think the world will know me like I know myself because I live with me day in and day out. Psychologically, I go through a lot of things. We're not all perfect, and it's not going to be roses all the time. You have to find a way to balance your life."