The Ghost in You

Album: Mirror Moves (1984)
Charted: 68
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  • A few soundtracks featured this minor hit from The Psychedelic Furs... by other artists. Counting Crows recorded it for the '90s teen comedy Clueless and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath covered it for the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy 50 First Dates. On the small screen, Matthew Puckett's cover was used in an episode of the SyFy channel reboot of Being Human (season one's "Some Thing to Watch Over Me").
  • A slew of other artists have also included covers of the song on their albums or in live performances, including Vernion Process (on Catalysts), Duncan Sheik (on Whisper House and Covers 80's) and BT (on These Hopeful Machines). Robyn Hitchcock gave the song an acoustic makeover for a memorable in-store performance at New York's Tower Records in 1989.
  • This was written by Psychedelic Furs lead singer Richard Butler and his brother/bass player, Tim. The poignant lyrics about matters of the heart are typical of Richard's work.
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Comments: 2

  • Denise from SantafeButler claimed in an interview that the song was inspired by Princess Diana; written while she was still alive.
    “A man in my shoes runs a red light ...
    And all the papers lie tonight
    But falling over you is the news of the day.”

    Ordinary things get lost in the news when
    Diana was alive and everything she did was fodder for all the tabloids.

    “Stars come down in you.
    And love, love you can’t give it away.”

    While the most famous woman on the planet, and even famous people are diminished by her, she can’t find what she wants most which is love. She can’t find it with her Prince or the heart surgeon she loved.

    The song is beautiful, haunting and to hear it this many years later since her death makes the Title and subject that much more poignant. Trying to explain Diana’s popularity to anyone who wasn’t alive then is like trying to explain the Beatles. You can’t. She was deeply loved. This is one of the best Fur’s songs even if it wasn’t a huge hit.
  • Virginia Ramirez from Canoga Park, CaLOVE LOVE LOVE This song such a beautiful Melody with equally beautiful lyrics, I just wish I knew who it's about? It seems like there's some personal story behind it? Of course it could just be Richard Butlers sensitive heart bleeding all over his sleeve? If anyone knows the real story I'd love to read it.
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