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Howie Day — Ghost
Album: Australia
Avg rating:
6.1

Your rating:
Total ratings: 759









Released: 2002
Length: 5:18
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Lately i've been thinking
Lately i've been dreaming with you
I'm so resistent to this type of thinking
Oh now it's shining through

I was alone for the last time
before my nights' vacation with you
alive from the first now i'm denied
by the ghost of you

Oh you take yourself a photograph and laugh at me
Please

I know there's little use in crying
It's more wide awake and dying than i'm used to
I thought we'd walk these streets together
Now i'm hoping that I'll never have to meet you
Step aside from all this anger
And somewhere in between I can feel you
Ask me should we try again
I'm thinking no yeah
It's not what i believe in
It's not what i believe in

Oh, Won't you take yourself a photograph and laugh at me
please
you make yourself a photograph and laugh at me
please

No I, wanna taste your love
No I...no I
No I, just wanna taste your love
Oh, no I

Standing in your shoes I turn
and now you're standing bare in my doorway
I only wish that I had been prepared
I'm gonna have to go along with your way

Just take the plastic camera out
It's in the pants you borrowed in the driveway
Alive from the first now i'm denied by the ghost of you

make yourself a photograph & laugh at me please
yeah make yourself a photograph & laugh at me please
no i want a taste of love no i
i was alive from the first now i'm denied by the ghost of you
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 paloeguevo wrote:
I am guessing he pays the rights to radiohead for this song, right?
 
Just like they did for Creep, right?
Conor? Is that you?
Grant Lee Buffalo's cousin?
 paloeguevo wrote:
I am guessing he pays the rights to radiohead for this song, right?
 

"Oh, it's the best thing that you ever had
The best thing you ever, ever had
It's the best thing that you ever had
The best thing you have had is gone away."
I am guessing he pays the rights to radiohead for this song, right?
 pfwashburn wrote:


so much hate for this wonderful song, I enjoyed this song very much.     :o)        Connecticut 


 
The word 'hate' is a much overused descriptive word in RP comments.

Other people have posted comments that they dislike this song / think other people named Howie could do a better job etc etc but that does not equate to 'hate'.

It is something I first noticed a few years with Lance Armstrong and I thought it was just him, or Texans in general, but I see it more and more in political life in the USA - everything has to be...  with me or against me... black or white... love or hate... etc. 

I hope this is just a passing trend and that tolerance and understanding return as the default society reaction again.




so much hate for this wonderful song, I enjoyed this song very much.     :o)        Connecticut 

 NinerSevenTango wrote:
Not obnoxious for background music.  From me, that's a compliment.  But I'd never turn it up.

 
yep. this.
All of the below.
Give me "Howie Payne" anyway. Or The Stands. Same thing.
Not a menace
But a Meh-ness
2
Howie Day = Radiohead wanna be..  

I'd rather hear Howie Long sing.

 
Uncool
 westslope wrote:

But some of the heavy breathing is rather moving, dontcha think?
 
"Do you have to keep doing that? All that breathing....in and out...in and out...It's soooo tiresome"
boring boring boring
 fredriley wrote:
Pink noise has more interest and variation than this monotonal tedium. Ho-hum from the first bars {#Sleep}
 
But some of the heavy breathing is rather moving, dontcha think?


Not obnoxious for background music.  From me, that's a compliment.  But I'd never turn it up.
 fredriley wrote:
Pink noise has more interest and variation than this monotonal tedium.
 
Granted, but I give the edge to Howie when it comes to white noise. {#Wink}

Pink noise has more interest and variation than this monotonal tedium. Ho-hum from the first bars {#Sleep}
This is good, but there's a better live version on the ACL Fest 2004 DVD.  Check it out if you get a chance.  It blew me away!

 l3na wrote:
It sounds like a watered down version of High and Dry.
 
So true! Terrible ...
 wrangler wrote:
damien rice much?
 

and a year later, i am having the same thought 
I used to love this song- haven't heard it since high school, wow this takes me back!
 radioparadisehead wrote:
At what point in one's career do you quit being an "indie" artist?
 
When your label is producing others and is an RIAA member.

 radioparadisehead wrote:
At what point in one's career do you quit being an "indie" artist?
 

Are you saying he should call it a "Day"?
At what point in one's career do you quit being an "indie" artist?
 Bill_Kunsler wrote:
This version of the song is pretty lame. Much cooler with just him and his guitar.
 

Yup I agree! I saw him live opening for Tori Amos, and really enjoyed it so I got the CD and was disappointed with this studio album.  Much better live! Just him and his guitar!
I dig it.  Pour me a glass of wine and throw some wood on the fire.  This is one of those tunes which you notice the most when it's over... it leaves me wanting more, for sure. 

Authentic and pure.  7.

Not the song for a beautiful early spring day.  On a dreary winter day, it'd fit like a 6 but it's a Ho-Hum at present.
 l3na wrote:
It sounds like a watered down version of High and Dry.

 
Watered down, stripped of melodic interest, homogenized, flattened.... I think I liked the '70s version of the 'sensitive guy' singer/songwriter better than this new batch

It sounds like a watered down version of High and Dry.

 Kittee wrote:
Don't understand the bad comments. This song is pretty good actually. Nice lyrics, good tune. {#Hand}
 
I like the song, too...  Don't really understand all the hate! 

damien rice much?
I wonder why he called it Australia. He wasn't born in Australia.
Don't understand the bad comments. This song is pretty good actually. Nice lyrics, good tune. {#Hand}
Oh my God, how many times do I have to hear drivel like this produced? I've heard this guitar based crap about 400,000 (approx!) 'kerching, kerching, kerchinga-ching'...
BLAND!
kill it, kill it now!!!! 

I don't understand what all the bitching and moaning about is. This is a nice song! 7
an idea for a new emoticon: a walk/don't walk sign to indicate that a song was pedestrian
Is this Howie's best song? No, but hearing this on RP introduced me to Howie and allowed me to look into some of his other stuff. For that I am grateful.
atoponce wrote:
Yes, I completely agree. Very droll and just so-so.
droll = amusing, laughable, AND so-so? Meaning.......? One can't completely agree plus have a bet both ways.
musikalia wrote:
Well, just read all the other negative opinions. Mine: This is just boooooring! Nothing original or exceptional (for that matter likeable) about it at all. Not horrible, just far away from what I'd call "good". Mediocre.
Yes, I completely agree. Very droll and just so-so.
KohlDaddy wrote:
How can the rating for this song be so low?
Well, just read all the other negative opinions. Mine: This is just boooooring! Nothing original or exceptional (for that matter likeable) about it at all. Not horrible, just far away from what I'd call "good". Mediocre.
:sleep:
Good tune, but un-remarkable. Would like to hear more from this CD. A solid 7.
The first 25 seconds of this song sounded really nice. . .until Mr. Day ruined it with his awful singing. Thanks a lot.
I guess anyone can be a rock star.
too repetitive
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
funny...i was just thinking that. slow, dreamy and sadish.
I was thinking the same thing and searching for similar comparisons. Pretty good song anyhow!
This one really goes on too long and the faux Bono vocals are not a plus.
Howie was one of three artists (the other two being Anna Nalick and Chalkfarm) to play the big 4th of July party here in Tucson this year. He put on a really good show! Definitely deserves bigger success. Likeable tune, anyway.
How can the rating for this song be so low? It's brilliant! There are better versions of this song, but still...
mrrmaidt wrote:
I saw him when he opened for Tori too. I was very impressed with him.
Me three, I sam him with Tori. I was very impressed with his stage performance, but could never connect with his CDs. They just seem too "beige"
debpolster wrote:
I got hooked on Howie Day after seeing him live when he opened up for Tori Amos about a year ago. He was awesome! Very high energy on stage! Spontaneous and creative with his delivery! I then bought his CD "Australia" and later his recent CD "Stop All The World Now". The song "Ghost" is okay, but there are several others songs on his CDs that I prefer to listen to and recall when he sang them live. My suggestion is to go see him live first; you may find that you like him. Check out his website www.howieday.com
I saw him when he opened for Tori too. I was very impressed with him.
let's do howie D a favor and play some LIVE versions of his tunes on RP..especially this one. his studio versions don't even come close to capturing how much fun it is to watch and hear this kid stand on stage with just his guitar and a pair of delay loopers and build a much more interesting tune. if you haven't heard Howie Day live, you haven't heard Howie Day. period.
I got hooked on Howie Day after seeing him live when he opened up for Tori Amos about a year ago. He was awesome! Very high energy on stage! Spontaneous and creative with his delivery! I then bought his CD "Australia" and later his recent CD "Stop All The World Now". The song "Ghost" is okay, but there are several others songs on his CDs that I prefer to listen to and recall when he sang them live. My suggestion is to go see him live first; you may find that you like him. Check out his website www.howieday.com
This version of the song is pretty lame. Much cooler with just him and his guitar.
Now I realize that some songs are deep and some are entertaining. This one may be deep but it is certainly not entertaining. His brother, Morris (and the time), is just the opposite. I don't like him either. :stupid:
Tabbycat wrote:
I was thinking "High and Dry", without the falsetto. Oh wait, there it is now...
Exactly ! Don't leave me high Don't leave me dry...
DownHomeGirl wrote:
This reminds me of Fake Plastic Trees....anyone else...?
funny...i was just thinking that. slow, dreamy and sadish.
After a wonderful 22 minutes of Jethro Tull dose, this is almost unacceptable. A firm 1 best reflects my taste for this
Tabbycat wrote:
I was thinking "High and Dry", without the falsetto. Oh wait, there it is now...
Sure. :nodhead:
I heard a live version of this ... recorded at a radio station in the Boston area, I think ... and it was, forgive the pun, haunting. This version of the song isn't that bad ... but the live version was really very good, in comparison.
DownHomeGirl wrote:
This reminds me of Fake Plastic Trees....anyone else...?
I was thinking "High and Dry", without the falsetto. Oh wait, there it is now...
This reminds me of Fake Plastic Trees....anyone else...?
What ever happened with the charges against this guy?
masterhead wrote:
After a wonderful Genesis Dose..this lame music even sounds aceptable....
After that ungodly Genesis dose--You bet your ass this lame song sounds acceptable!!!
eric wrote:
See how you feel after the 100th play...
Good comment Eric...
After a wonderful Genesis Dose..this lame music even sounds aceptable....
:cheers:
This week I bought my first issue of Paste, heard Howie Day's Perfect Time Of Day on the enclosed CD, AND saw on ad in Paste for RP. Thanks 3-fold Paste!!! :music:
:clap: Damn good set Bill! :clap:
mafe wrote:
Good song, love at first play! :hearteyes:
See how you feel after the 100th play...
Good song, love at first play! :hearteyes:
I love Howie Day. However, he is far better in person - so much energy and committment to his playing/singing. The producers need to stop trying to smooth him out and make him into John Mayer. When he\'s rough and from the gut, he\'s brilliant.
Love that Howie is on the station, but I agree that there are better songs of his to play. He really is quite amazing live. I saw one performer do the same thing, but not nearly as well. Yay! Howie Day!
Interesting that the Howie Day song to get the most mainstream airplay is the only one of his on the RP playlist. This is a decent song but can\'t compare to others on the album (More You Understand...please!!!)
Entertaining live show and a good album.
Originally Posted by odoggy: Wasn't he something? I loved the way he would sample parts of his playing, then loop them through the song and build up loop upon loop until it sounded like there was a whole band on stage. At the end he didn't even have to do anything, just stand there. I'd never seen anything quite like it.
Wow, sounds like a carbon copy of Joseph Arthur to me. Except that a Joseph Arthur concert is actually a moving experience. He's not just showing off technological (or musical, at that) prowess: his lyrics are powerful. Nothing like the original, I guess. (pimp)
Originally Posted by streetsintherain: the only reason I know this song rather well, is that I hear it all the time. and I don't like it I didn't like it the first time I heard it, and I don't like it now. It actually makes me kind of angry. Turn it off now please.
I disagree, but your post made me laugh :lol:
Originally Posted by gypsy222: Just saw Howie open for Tori Amos - really amazing performer and guitar player! Bought his CD at the show...
Wasn't he something? I loved the way he would sample parts of his playing, then loop them through the song and build up loop upon loop until it sounded like there was a whole band on stage. At the end he didn't even have to do anything, just stand there. I'd never seen anything quite like it. Don't care too much for this song, though.
the only reason I know this song rather well, is that I hear it all the time. and I don\'t like it I didn\'t like it the first time I heard it, and I don\'t like it now. It actually makes me kind of angry. Turn it off now please.
Zzzzzzz
Nice. Hadn\'t heard this before.
His voice reminds me a lot of Joseph Arthur. The songs sounds a little more mainstream than Joseph\'s though. More Joseph Arthur please.
Just saw Howie open for Tori Amos - really amazing performer and guitar player! Bought his CD at the show...