The album title comes from an Arthur Koestler book about the conflicting nature of man. The album cover is three symbols representing the band. Stewart Copeland
is on the left, Sting is in the middle, and Andy Summers
is on the right. "We were the ghosts in the machine," Sting explained in Lyrics By Sting
, "and while some of the songs are a plea for sanity, others are an expression of that malevolent darkness that haunts us all."