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Pretty obvious meaning, if you ask me. Of course, everyone has their own interpretations. There is no "true" meaning to a song. What ever it means to you IS the true meaning. (:
"I never said I'd lie and wait forever If I died, we'd be together I can't always just forget her, but she could try"
- He's not going to wait, knowing they can't be together now, so he's thinking of suicide to possibly be with her, and stop all the pain that the ghost of her, or memories, are causing. He can't just forget about it all, and her. It's not that easy. But maybe she could at least try now.
"At the end of the world Or the last thing I see You are never coming home, never coming home Could I? Should I?"
- He knows he's not getting her back, so it might as well be the end of the world to him.. And this might be him questioning suicide again. Just more expressively. & It sounds to me like he's asking "Could I be with her if I did?" and then "Should I do it?" If that is the case.
"And all the things that you never ever told me And all the smiles that are ever ever"
- It hurts to think of the things that could have possibly been. Maybe they never had a chance to say/do/be what they wanted with eachother, or at least not to him.
"Ever.. get the feeling that you're never all alone? And I remember now At the top of my lungs, in my arms she dies.. she dies!"
- Although she is gone, maybe he still has some kind of connection with her.. The ghost of her(memories), as I'm guessing the song suggests, or his love for her. But it's still very painful to be reminded of, or remembering. I think it's expressing how much with "At the top of my lungs, in my arms she dies".
"And all the wounds that are ever gonna' scar me For all the ghosts that are never gonna' catch me" If I fall.. If I fall.. (Down)"
- He has been, and will continue to be hurt by it for a while. He's scarred. Either way, he will try his best to go on though. But he's still not sure if he will be able to.
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I must disagree with you but like you said everyone has their own interpretations. If you take a closer look at the name of the song and the lyrics, IMO he is talking about a girl he loved who died. I believe you are right about the suicide, because by killing himself, it will allow him to be with her again on the other side (if there is one). It is even given away in this part...<br /> <br /> "Get the feeling that you're never<br /> All alone and I remember now<br /> At the top of my lungs in my arms she dies<br /> She dies" <br /> <br /> she dies in his arms and at this part it is him remembering that feeling that she is still with him in spirit or as a "ghost" which the song is so aptly named after all. If you think of it from my perspective, the rest is self explanatory in a "she is dead" point of view.
The song is unrelated to the music video, and that is where people are getting their interpretations messed up. If it were about the video, then mikey would be a girl("she" in the lyrics). It is about a guy whose girlfriend dies, and he is sitting around waiting to die too because, to him, there is nothing else worth living for. He is haunted (ever get the feeling that your never all alone) by her smiles and the relationship that they would have had (all the things that you never ever told me). When he is alone he thinks back to the day she died in his arms. he knows that he will only be with her again in the afterlife (at the end of the world or the last thing I see...you are never coming home). Could I? Should I? refers to whether he has the courage or will to go through with suicide "to see her again."
pretty simple lyrics to interpret but most of the people on this site probably failed english lit.
I'm with you there. I feel the same way about this song.
He misses the girl he loved that as died. long story short. You shouldn't be bickering over such an amazing song. It's great, that's all that matters, is it not? Shutup and respect this amazing song. <3
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ya know...i had a experience not too long ago that totally made me think different about this song..i was dating a girl for awhile and she broke it off with me..and i love this girl soo much..it hurt..well i continued to love her for a long time and tried alot to get back with her until finally one day i realized that all she did was treat me like shit and i deserved so much more...well one day she came to me and wanted me back..but at that moment she almost seemed dead to me..like i didnt want anything to do with here..so this experience made me think..maybe he had a relationship like mine..just bear with me and think outside the box for a moment...
i never said i'd lie in wait forever (he got tired of wating for her to love him again) if i died we'd be together (she is dead to him now..and hes using death as a metaphor saying if he died then they would both be dead) i can't always just forget her (it was hard getting over her) but she could try (now he thinks she should try getting over him)
at the end of the world or the last thing i see (she is the last thing he sees now) you are never coming home, never coming home could i? should i? (saying he wont get back with her..but does contemplate it "could i? should i")
and all the things that you never ever told me and all the smiles that are ever, ever, ever (maybe about all the lies...and now he knows and he wont be haunted by her smiles anymore) get the feeling that you're never all alone (implying the cheating she did with other men) and i remember now at the top of my lungs, in my arms she dies, she dies (she finally told him about the lies and now she is def. dead to him)
the rest of the song is pretty much the same...i could easily be wrong..but please give it a look and think about it...i love MCR and they show so much depth on this album and i see a huge future for these guys..thanks for listening
@lost_all_chance This is one of the most painfully relatable interpretations I've ever read. What a song.
There's been quite a few songs about being haunted as of late. And I think that's what this is about. People always like to think to be haunted means there is an actual physical manifestation of a ghost around to do so.
But in reality, there is so many other subtle ways. To lose a lover is to lose that connection you have with them. Or is it? Where does all that energy go?
To have someone in your head, or always the emotion in your heart of someone, is just so painful. And the ghost exists within you.
"at the end of the world or the last thing i see"
I have been seeing a lot of artists writing the "end of the world" in their lyrics as of late. Perhaps this has to do with the "end of the world" feeling? That feeling where someone dramatic happens in your life and you just float around feeling like everything is just going to fall a part.
Very good and sad song.
yeah, i definitely see the trends as well, and not just in music.
I can't believe no one has commented on this song. Very powerful lyrics. Very powerful song. Very powerful CD. I think this song is just about a guy that can never have again a girl he once had. I think she died? His references to her never coming home, i took that as her never coming back to him. Who knows though. Great song.
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i thought he said,<br /> "if I died, we'd be together"
If you ask me its him debating wether he should start getting over her, and the "dying" represents what would happen to their possibly new realtionship if he decided to give up.
I agree with you, My Chemical Romance are a very special band to me, and create such powerful and moving songs, like The Ghost Of You, witch express emotions that other mands just can't do.
I think that this song to me means that the guy has gone to war and didnt come back because he died. I mean have you seen the video for this song? It's very sad, but the way it's done makes it seem like the guy died.
"You are Never coming home Never coming home"
It reminds me of a part from Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage" when henry is handed a package by another soldier who thinks he is going to die in battle to give to his family.
my interpretation, most closely touched on by 'lost all chance' is not that someone has already died. i feel like this song is about the risk of love. its about the fear of loss. im sure everyone has been in that situation where you start to realize just how intensely you feel about someone and the thought of it not working dawns on you. its a grimly romantic way to weigh the options...is loving her worth all the haunting it will cause him if he loses her? i feel like the song implies that she is alive and all the lyrics about what he has lost is a jolt into his future that he could experience.
"i cant always just forget her, but she could try" "if i fall" "could i, should i?"
death taken on a much less literal level could mean death in faith, death in love, a broken heart.
yea I agree.but it sounds sad.
I will agree this is probably the song with the most depth on the cd. Or atleast the way I take it.
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- This song deals with the fear of losing someone. It is not to be interpreted about just losing one special person. According to the band, the whole album is about losing people. >> Suggestion credit : Ryan - Fredericksburg, VA
- The video could have been about losing a girl, but they took an entirely different direction and portrayed the band as soldiers in WWII scenes. The aspect of loss appears when bass player Mikey Way is shot and killed by German fire.
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- Frank from Texas This song will always make me cry and also Helena since most of the album is about death, I lost my grandma in Oct. 2019 and every time I listen to Helena and when I listen to The Ghost of You I think of my grandma and grandpa also (Dec. 2020). Just hearing both of these songs make me cry so much but they also bring so many good memories
- Athina from Canada My uncle was murdered in sept 2022 & I lost my cousin who passed away in her sleep last month. This song has been getting me by. Just felt the urge of searching up the meaning of the song now lol. The grief is never ending but so is the love.
- Destany from California Gerard looked suuuuper cute in this video lmao I'm sorry
- Daniele from Italy Great song, great video.
- Alex from Nc Honestly this is my favorite music video that they have ever shot because of the scenes
- Charity. from Nc This pains me so much. Just seeing how Gerard shot up and yelled Mikey’s name and he kept on running whilst Gerard broke down in tears, screaming. And how the scenes where he sings after his death fogs up like how your eyes would when you cry. Such a masterpiece..
- Lucas from North Carolina Jesus Christ this song is sad it reminds me of how my great grandfather inspired me to want to get into the military for his work in World War Two and every soldier in the allies we are here today for their help we can still sit down and have fun
- Arechi from Texas Yo cat Kat from Illinois. The music video was extremely tame. You want something more real? Watch saving private ryan.
- Kat from Illinois my teacher showed this video in class the other day. no one in the class really understood the topic (D-Day) until we got a visual. the feeling in that classroom when the video was over was unreal. I almost started crying once Mikey was shot and I think it was because I saw someone I knew in that physical state. It really brought a whole new meaning to the topic that I think a lot of people don’t really grasp. I’ve always loved this song but I’m not a music video type of person so I never bothered to watch it. Really great video and I’m glad MCR made their comeback!!
- Saca from Afrca I feel the pain in this song.
- Dyoweh from Singapore, Singapore its a great damn music and a nice MTV video too, I would really like to see another version of its music video.
- M from Asdfjkl;, Il I think it was hard for Mikey to hold his breath for 45min. let alone 10min.
- Megan from Stevenson, Al OMG! I was hooked on this song when it came out! I just couldn't stop listening to it....I love the old, dated look to this video. I looooove the part of the song where he whispers and then the music gets loud!!! My favorite part!
- Vicky from Chesapeake, Va every time i hear this song i can feel his / her pain , the agony, the anger, just all of it makes me want to cry in pain along with them....i really feel for them! Also, in the video, when mickey gets shot, Gerard screams his name in terror and you can see the horror in his eyes from what he has just witnessed happening before him. It is such an intense feeling that this song gives you! I just love this song so very much it is so totaly awesome....in fact its amazing! Yeah!
- Ethan from Md, Md This song is about Some Womens husband going out to war and dying,and the wife thinks about killing herself.Most fo this is his wife talking,except for when he starts yelling.When she says "At the end of the world" she is talking about the war,not her life.Then she says "Never coming home" she revers to her husband who is MIA.And when the song says "could I should I?"She refers to killing herself,and she is very depressed,which is why the song picks up tempo when They sing about him fighting and dying.
- Maria from Jacksonville , Fl I think this song is about someone contemplating suicide after someone close to them dies. I didn't get that feeling the first time I heard the song, but after I read the lyrics over a few times, the suicide thing started to become evident. Atleast to me. "I never said I'd lie in wait forever If I died we'd be together now I can't always just forget her But she could try" The very first line makes me feel like the 'voice' of the song (or guy) never agreed to keep on living after the 'girl' died. Maybe she was terminally ill and the whole song is a reflection on a life he'll never be able to live out with her, "And all the things that you never ever told me And all the smiles that are ever gonna haunt me" The lines, "At the end of the world Or the last thing I see You are Never coming home Never coming home" make me invision the reality of the girl's death crashing down. And then "Could I, Should I" makes me think that he is thinking about following her into death. Of course this song is not limited to a girl and boy interpretation, as seen by the video, but this suicide feeling is atleast what I gathered from the lyrics.
- Indigo from Adelaide, Australia just because it says "she" in the song doesn't mean it is about a girl. i think "she" is representing the loss of anyone, it doesn't have to be a girl. Gerard said its about someone dying, no one in particular, just losing someone. you don't have to take the lyrics so literally. the video is so great, it is so differnet from what i thought it would be. gerard is good in it, but i think mikey was awesome!
- Melissa from Liverpool, United Kingdom GERARD SHOULD BE IN MOVIES HE IS BRILL IN THIS VIDEO!!!!!!!! anyway I think this song is about someone who has lost somoene(break up or died) and I think he has a new gf who basically is angry cause he cant get over her but really he loved her and feels like the world is coming to an end if your wondering why I got the gf Idea look at the line "but I cant always just forget her but she could try" just my opinion.
- Jess from Cobram, Australia people probably think this is about a girl because they keep saying SHE maybe??? lol i think u can take it different ways and i think the video is perfect for this song. really.
- Kat from Boston, Ma The song got its name from the Nostalga add, "oh how the ghost of you clings" in the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore
- Courtney from Harrah, Ok Why do so many people always think a song is about a girl? That stereotype is getting really old.
- Kandice from Corona, Ca this song is named after something in a graphic novel called Watchmen. in the novel, there is a character who has a product and in the advertisement for that product, there is a catchphrase which is "oh, how the ghost of you clings" gerard way talked about it in one of his interviews
- V-starr from ??????, Mi I love the song I like the video I hate the part when Mikey Dies :(
- Cynthia from Belfast, United Kingdom The video and the song are two different things. They are separate..the song isn't about Mikey it's about a girl you retards ... the video is just dare to say it's about losing someone not Mikey ..oh my god such as.. 'at the top of my lungs and my arms she dies'
- Axl from Kilgore, Tx Well this song can be taken different ways depending on the perspective. When I first heard it the thought that popped into my head was simply another song about love lost. In retrospect I guess it still is but after my decision to join the Marine Corps. Infantry (leaving for bootcamp end of may)this song had an unexpected emotional impact on me. The chorus (at the end of the world or the last thing I see you are never coming home...so on and so forth)in my opinion has so many meanings tied into it that its hard to take the understanding and put it into words but I think the part in ()'s could be about a soldier seeing someone important to them in his final moments or even that of family members having to come to grips with the fact that "you are never coming home". At the end of the chorus (could I, Should I) it portrays the fear or unwillingness to say something then the regret of it cause its to late. And the final version of the chorus deals with the trauma some or all soldiers deal with after they see war firsthand. My sister played the video after I told her of my military decisions and I think she got her point across in a way that I understand. My advice to all is not to let yourself "be afraid of fear" (Nirvana-you know your right) and say what has to be said to soldiers or for that matter anyone worth your time cause this life is short and there are no real second chances. Sorry for my long windedness...is that a word?
- Ozzy from Fresno, Ca I wish their new music was less...main stream. I mean, like I listen to the oldies and emo punk idk is weird. Anyways, I was at my middle school dance and everyone started singing along to Teenagers and I'm like omg is this mcr? It IS sad too
- Skyttles from Poolpartytopia, Czech Republic This video is Great...but not as good as Famous Last Words.. Its funny because in the music video for Ghost of you, when Gee is screaming at the bar after Mikey dies...he's not lip syncing..he really had to scream and sing no matter how bad he sounded! I wouldnt be able to do that!!
- Jenna from Nova Scotia, Canada in response to Althea's thing you CANNOT be emo,emo is a type of music you're either hardcore or scene.Oh and this song is really wicked!I love it!
- Summer from Greenwood, Sc In my opinion this song is about a soldier and is significant other. I believe the woman commits suicide. The soldier says (If I died we'd be together now) which means that if he died in action he would be with her. And then she says (At the end or the world Or the last thing I see You are Never coming home Never coming home Could I? Should I? And all the things that you never ever told me And all the smiles that are ever ever) which could be her feelings on him in the war.
- Ali from Oxford, Pa I've always seen this song from the perspective of a soldier and his girlfriend or wife. I think that he first line of the first verse 'I never said I'd lie and wait forever' is from the girlfriends perspective, saying that she never promised to wait for him to come back, and that while he was gone she found someone else. 'If I did, we'd be together now' means that if she had promised him she would wait that they would have been together after he came back, but that isn't possible now since she is with another man. 'I can't always just forget her, but she could try,' could possibly mean that now since he is home and she is with another, that he wishes he could just forget her and ever being with her, and wishes she would do the same and just stop calling/ making contact with him. The chorus to me seems to be him coming to grasps that she's never coming back to him, that she doesn't love him anymore. The second verse seems to be him remembering back while in the war, that he constantly had a feeling that she wasn't all alone and that someone else. I dunno, I've just always saw it as something like that.
- Aliya from Rocklin, Ca Mikey didn't fake die for three hours, in an interview he said he had to fake die for 45 minutes.
- Morgan from Gresham, Or I love this song sooo soo much!!! it helped me get through hard times many times. so sad when mikey dies, the expression on gerards face makes me wanna cry, mikeys a really good actor. i cant believe he faked dying for 3 hours...i wouldnt be able to do that. i love mikey and gee...and every1 else in mcr 4 that matter...
- Katie from Temecula, Ca its about losing someone u love... becuse we all go thru it!!!very sad music video mikey dies!!!!!!i cry whenever i listen 2 it... amazing and incredible.... mikeys a good actor... its NOT about gerards grandma!!!thats helena!!!its about noone in particular its just about death
- Althea from Everett, Wa I Love This Song, I Cry Everytime I Hear It....All Their Songs. I Just Can't Help It, Crying. I Guess I'm More Emo Than I Thaught?
- Trish from Omaha, Ne This is definitely one of my favorite songs by MCR.
- Brittany from Centreville, Va my boyfrieind (ex) broke up with me because he is going to iraq. he sent me this video after he broke up with me.. i wasnt sure exactly what he was trying to tell me.. still not very sure. he said he doesnt want me to loose someone else ( i lost my mother ) but i think by ending our relationship is just as bad as loosing him to war.
- Aisling from Dublin, Ireland here the url for it.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WuTPksMP2s also if u use the keywords my chemical romance MCR the ghost of you hidden track subliminal message. you should be able to find it...also check out the cemetary drive hidden msg.
- Jordyn from Ogden, Ut Hey aisling, how do you find the 'hidden message' im there but i cant find it.
- Hannah from Hampshire, England I dont think this ong is about anyone in particular dieing. In the lyrics it refers to a woman but in the video its their brother and their friend. They performed this at a concert I went to and Gerard said it was just about dieing. No one in particular just losing people.
- Dj from Concord, Nc mikey said he had to fake dieing for over 3 hours
- Aisling from Dublin, Ireland in my opinion the video really brought out the true meaning of the song, its such a heart felt song...apperently if you play it backwards theres a hidden msg, its on youtube.
- Katie from --, In Joana, there's no such thing as a perfect song. There isn't and there will never be one.
- Joana from Lisbon, Portugal This song is amazing. I first heard it when I lost someone really important and nothing could explain better what I felt than this song. The song is perfect, I can listen to it everyday that I won't get tired of it.
- Tabitha from Brooklyn Park, Md This song has nothing to do with their grandmother. The album is DEDICATED to her. Just because something's dedicated to that person doesn't mean that every song on the album has to be about them. I think it has to with someone losing someone without getting a chance to say goodbye. Such as "At the top of my lungs in my arms she dies", he's saying that he was trying to say goodbye to her, but he didn't get the chance. And he will be haunted by her smiles ("all the smiles that are ever gonna haunt me) and by his doubts ("All the things that you never ever told me"). And he won't even be able to see her ghost, so she'll "never [come] home".
- Meghan from Tipperary, Ireland ya i know that at the end mikey dies but i read somewhere when frank said he enjoyed dieing in the middle of it!i was just wondering if anyone else had seen that part in the video where he dies!because i didnt!
- Meghan from Tipperary, Ireland ya i know at the end mikey dies but i read an interview where frank said he really enjoyed dieing in the middle!ive seen in the end of it where bob and it seems to be frank are holding gerard back!i didnt see the bit where frank dies in the video and was just wondering if anyone else had?ya i agree with u thou!the bit at the and where gerard is shouting makey and the others are holding him back!its really moving!
- Droopyeyes from Hcmc, Other To Meghan: the one who dies is Mikey, not Frank. It's the same time when Gerard shouts his name. I love this so much. It really hurts me to see Mikey get shot and fall down and Gee shout "Mikey".
- Mike from Petersham, Ma I like this band and their songs!!!!!!
- Droopyeyes from Hcmc, Other I love this song, the lyrics, the melody, everything. And Gerard's voice's really great. And I love the video. I really love it when Gerard shouts "Mikey" in the video. It's so moving.
- Ilse Serna from Empalme, Sonora, Mexico Who has heard The Black Parade record?
- Meghan from Tipperary, Ireland i love this song soo much!it has a special meaning 2 me!does frank die in the middle of it??
- Georgina from Laredo, Tx I love this song it give me chills
- Andrea from Tucson, Az This song rocks! i just keep replaying it until i get it stuck in my head so i can listen to it when i'm not listening to it... uhhh yeah i think thats the right way to say it.. but i love how they did this song and the words deffinitly have a message about the fear of loosing someone they love. I didnt know there was a video i think ill go check it out now!
- Cheryl from Poolville, Tx This song is amazing. Gerard's face at the very end is priceless and depicts the exact reaction a person would show in those kinds of harsh situations.
- Ilse Serna from Empalme, Sonora, Mexico This song is very true. Everyone feels like that when they lose someone.The first time I saw it it almost made me cry.When someone dies it is hard to except it but in the way Mikey died it is even harder to put the words death, died,dies, or die in your vocabulary. It does have a lot of sad things but we all have to deal with it at one time or another. It is hard to lose someone you love but it has to happen. You can't really explain anything in words for this song. That's how deep this song is. At the end it is very sad because Gerard had to see his own brother die.
- Simone from Redwood City, Ca I love the song Ghost Of You not only because the video roxx and that the song has alot of feeling to it, its cause in the video, Mikey Way looks like my cousin Mikey. My cousin was also in the Marines, and in the video so was Mikey Way. My cousin died, and in the video so did Mikey Way. So it really makes me feel a little on the good side because it looks as if i am seeing my cousin on tv. But the bad part is that Mikey dies and seeing that is like seeing my cousin die right in front of my eyes. So, it makes me happy but at the same time sad. That is why i love the video Ghost Of You.
- Kirsty from D&g, United States i think this song is about losing somone so close to you.and when he sez never coming home hes mening tht heas dead and gon and nomater how much u want him to be ther bak hith you safe in your arms in your hause its not going to hapen and you need to think of al the good things thet hapend the way they changed your life n made you fell not the facked tht ther not on the face of the earth any more
- Sheree from Cheshire YOU GOTTA LOVE THIS SONG!!! It rocks MCR are gonna take over the world Frank and Gerard are sooo FIT as ever but not as fit as tom delonge and jamie walker.It make's me feel sad to listen to this song but it's great.Laters dude's.
- Angelica from Centralia , Mo I love My Chemical Romance!!! This song is sooooo good....but I think my 2 faves would have to be Helena and I'm not okay (I promise) But this one is great. I love the music video too! -Angelica,Centralia MO
- Elizabeth from J-ville, Fl this song is about the end of the world. very heavily based off of Saving Private Ryan
- Lee from Trenton, Nj O N E M O R E T I M E - Helena is for there grandmother NOT GHOST OF YOU!
- Guess from North Andover, Ma Mark Webb directed this video. He did a really good job.
- Melissa from Toledo, Oh OMG I love this song sooo much! I can't even describe how amaizing this song and video is! I cry everytime I see Mikey get shot it seems so real. I love it!!
- Mercedes from St. Marys, Canada This song is about loosing someone wo has made a huge impact in your life. Probably refering too Gerard and Mikey Way's Grandmother Elena Lee Rush, who inspired the brothers in many ways.
- Erik from Willow Hill, Pa this is mcr's best song. the video is just amazing and words can't explain it. the song is just as good.
- Jack from Hemel, England This song was written about Way's grandmother, it was explained in an interview on Kerrang! a while back
- Joel from Nottawa, Canada great video, it was really well directed. Props to whoever that was..
- Tara from Sydney, Australia the video.......words cant desript it i nearly cried as well i loved the sence were the solider got shot and it was a slow motion scene and hes screaming im crying as im writing this
- Cassie from Creston, Oh I LOVE this song. I don't care WHAT it's sbout it's just simply awesome.
- Breana from Opelika, Al This song explains the pain of men and women after the loss of a loved one. People dont understand how it feels to loose someone or something they love. This song is for everyone who has ever lost someone
- Rachel from Sullivan, Mo This song is amazing...and the video...wow...so sad. I cried when I saw it, I was so moved by it.
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The Painful Meaning Behind the Song “Ghost” by Justin Bieber
by Catherine Walthall July 21, 2022, 9:41 am
It’s been over a decade since Justin Bieber made his splashy debut as a teen idol. And like most people, Bieber has loved and lost several times since the year 2009. Unlike most people, though, Bieber has become one of the best-selling, most-listened-to artists of all time. And in early 2021, he dropped his sixth studio album, Justice .
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Several songs make this particular record worthy of note, but one, in particular, is the two-and-a-half-minute song “Ghost.” Arresting in its sonic ups and downs, “Ghost” touches on some heavy-hitting topics in its lyrics. Read below for the meaning behind those song lyrics.
The meaning behind the song lyrics
“Ghost” is about losing a loved one, likely because they have passed away. I know you crossed a bridge that I can’t follow , Bieber sings.
But “Ghost” doesn’t exclusively serve in an elegiac fashion. The tune can serve as a comfort for those battling the woes of long-distance or separation. As Bieber told Vogue in 2021, the song is about “losing somebody you love. And I know a lot of people have; I know this has been a really challenging year where we’ve lost loved ones and relationships too. The hook is saying, ‘If I can’t get close to you, I’ll settle for the ghost of you.’ That works for this quarantine situation […] we’re not relating and connecting in the same way. It has allowed us to only really have these memories. I hope this resonates and I hope it fills your heart up with joy or comfort in some sort of way.”
That if I can’t be close to you I’ll settle for the ghost of you I miss you more than life (more than life) And if you can’t be next to me Your memory is ecstasy
“‘Ghost’ is a really special record,” Bieber said in a later 2021 interview. “My objective with making this song was to make people feel like there is hope and that the trauma and the hurt that you feel isn’t going to last forever. It takes time to heal. There will be a moment where that pain doesn’t hurt so bad. Know that that feeling will subside.”
Who is the “Ghost”?
Bieber wrote “Ghost” with singer/songwriter Jon Bellion (known for his song “All Time Low”), two of the Monsters & Strangerz songwriters/producers (Jordan K. Johnson and Stefan Johnson), and Michael Pollack. Each songwriter imbued a slightly different meaning to the song, proving that music is, at its core, subjective.
For Bellion, “Ghost” meant a more literal loss of a loved one. In 2022, Bellion took to Twitter to reveal who he thought of when “Ghost” comes on. “Wrote this one about my grandmother,” he said. “Really cool to feel her every time I turn the radio on in the car. Miss you Gma.”
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The Meaning Behind The Song: Ghost of You by 5 Seconds of Summer
The song “Ghost of You” by 5 Seconds of Summer is a powerful and emotional track that explores the pain of losing someone you love. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of heartbreak and longing, capturing the raw emotions experienced during a breakup or the end of a relationship.
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The song begins with haunting lyrics that set the tone for the entire track. It talks about the ghostly presence of the person who is no longer in the narrator’s life. The memories of their love still linger, creating a sense of longing and regret. The lyrics beautifully express the complex emotions associated with loss, showcasing the band’s talent for capturing deep emotional connections through their music.
Throughout the song, the lyrics recount the memories of the past relationship, describing the pain and emptiness that follows the departure of someone significant. The narrator feels haunted by the presence of their former lover, unable to escape the memories that continue to haunt them. This theme of a lingering ghostly presence adds a layer of depth and complexity to the overall message of the song.
As the song progresses, the chorus becomes more intense, with the vocals expressing a desperate plea for the person who left to come back. The lyrics convey a sense of yearning and vulnerability, as the narrator longs for closure or reconciliation. It is a heartfelt cry for the return of what was lost, showcasing the band’s ability to convey raw emotion through their music.
In conclusion, “Ghost of You” by 5 Seconds of Summer is a powerful and emotional song that delves into the pain of losing someone you love. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of heartbreak and longing, expressing the raw emotions associated with the end of a relationship. It showcases the band’s talent for capturing deep emotional connections through their music, making it a relatable and impactful song for listeners.
Frequently Asked Questions about “Ghost of You” by 5 Seconds of Summer
1. who wrote “ghost of you”.
“Ghost of You” was written by the members of 5 Seconds of Summer, namely Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, and Michael Clifford. They co-wrote the song as a collective effort, drawing from personal experiences and emotions.
2. What inspired the lyrics of “Ghost of You”?
The lyrics of “Ghost of You” were inspired by the pain and longing experienced after a breakup or the end of a relationship. The band members channeled their own emotions and personal experiences into the song, making it relatable to listeners who have gone through similar heartbreak.
3. Is there a music video for “Ghost of You”?
Yes, there is a music video for “Ghost of You” by 5 Seconds of Summer. The video depicts the band members as soldiers during World War II, adding a visual narrative to the emotional lyrics of the song. It enhances the overall impact of the track and helps bring the story to life.
4. What genre does “Ghost of You” belong to?
“Ghost of You” falls under the pop-rock genre, which is a signature sound for 5 Seconds of Summer. The song combines elements of rock, pop, and alternative music to create a unique and catchy sound that appeals to a wide audience.
5. Has “Ghost of You” won any awards?
While “Ghost of You” has not specifically won any awards, 5 Seconds of Summer has received numerous accolades throughout their career. They have won several MTV Video Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and ARIA Awards for their contributions to the music industry.
6. Can you interpret the symbolism in “Ghost of You”?
The symbolism in “Ghost of You” revolves around the idea of a haunted presence or lingering memories. The ghostly figure represents the lingering emotions and memories from a past relationship. It symbolizes the pain, longing, and sense of loss experienced after the end of a significant connection.
7. What is the message of “Ghost of You”?
The message of “Ghost of You” revolves around the pain and longing experienced after the loss of someone you love. It encourages listeners to confront and process their emotions while acknowledging the significance of what was lost. The song emphasizes the depth of emotional connections and the lasting impact they can have.
8. Did “Ghost of You” achieve commercial success?
“Ghost of You” performed well commercially, resonating with fans and garnering positive reviews from music critics. While it may not have reached the same level of mainstream success as some of their other hits, the song connected deeply with their fanbase and showcased the band’s growth as musicians and songwriters.
9. Can you provide some memorable lyrics from “Ghost of You”?
Certainly! Here are some memorable lyrics from “Ghost of You” by 5 Seconds of Summer:
“Here I am waking up, still can’t sleep on your side There’s your coffee cup, the lipstick stain fades with time”
“Tell me how I’m supposed to see the stars, when you’re always blocking out the lights?”
“You still haunt me, like a ghost of you within my dreams And I still hold onto the letters you will never read”
10. Are there any remixes or acoustic versions of “Ghost of You”?
As of now, there are no official remixes or acoustic versions of “Ghost of You” released by 5 Seconds of Summer. However, fans often create unofficial remixes or acoustic covers of the song, showcasing their creativity and love for the track.
11. Did “Ghost of You” influence the band’s music style?
While “Ghost of You” didn’t necessarily influence the band’s overall music style, it showcased their growth as musicians and songwriters. The song demonstrated their ability to create emotionally charged tracks that resonated with listeners, further solidifying their place in the pop-rock genre.
12. Can you recommend other songs similar to “Ghost of You”?
If you enjoyed “Ghost of You” by 5 Seconds of Summer, you might also enjoy songs like “Amnesia” by 5 Seconds of Summer, “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles, “Broken” by lovelytheband, or “Somebody To You” by The Vamps featuring Demi Lovato. These songs explore similar themes of heartbreak, longing, and emotional vulnerability.
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"The Ghost of You" is the fourth and final single and sixth track from My Chemical Romance's second studio album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. "The Ghost of You" was released to radio on September 27, 2005. The song deals with the fear of loss. The song's title is an allusion to an ad from Watchmen, reading "Oh, how the ghost of you clings". The ad itself was an allusion to the song, "These Foolish Things". The song's lyrics deal with losing a loved one.
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My Chemical Romance (MCR) is an American alternative rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, and bassist Mikey Way. Shortly after forming, the band signed to Eyeball Records and released their debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002. They signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major-label debut Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004. The album was a commercial success and was awarded platinum status a little over a year later. The band eclipsed their previous success with their 2006 concept album, The Black Parade, which gained generally favorable reviews among music critics. Their fourth studio album, Danger Days: The Tru… more »
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The Ghost of You by My Chemical Romance: Lyrics Meaning and Interpretation
My Chemical Romance is an American rock band that was founded in 2001. The band was heavily involved in music production and touring until 2013. After that, they took a 6-year-long break. In 2013, the band broke up due to creative differences. The band consists of the following members: Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Mikey Way, and Frank Lero.
“The Ghost of You” is the fourth single from the band’s second studio album, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”. The subject matter of this album is borderline emo. This album as well as this track topped the charts in both UK and the USA. The music video of this song also took more than 1 million USD to make. It was one of the most expensive music videos of the time. My Chemical Romance, due to their striking lyrics and bold music, rose to fame very quickly in the American music industry. After their reunion in 2019, the band has promised to bring more great music to their fans.
What does the Title mean?
The title of the song “Ghost of You” is about a dead lover, the ghost of whom haunts the narrator. The song deals with touchy subjects like suicide, death, war (in the music video), and bereavement. It’s one of those songs that you have to listen to, in order to fully experience it. The ghost is that of the narrator’s lover. And the whole song is a sort of monologue by the narrator.
Verse 1 – What does it mean?
“I never said I’d lie and wait forever
If I died, we’d be together, ow
I can’t always just forget her
But she could try”
My Chemical Romance is a band known for stitching a narrative throughout their albums. “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” is no different. The whole album is about a man who has lost his lover to the grim reaper. In the first verse, he exclaims that he never promised to lie idle and wait for his lover forever. Coupled with the next three lines, we can derive the meaning of the first verse. It seems that his lover had died. Thus , he is pondering suicide. He doesn’t want to wait for his lover anymore and just wants to be reunited with her.
This verse also posits the idea of an ideal afterlife. In this afterlife, he will meet his lover or at least a version of her. He cannot forget her as well because everything reminds him of her. This is called bereavement and it’s very common among the loved ones of those who pass away. You begin seeing their faces in things such as clouds, tea leaves, and whatnot. The narrator also wonders whether his lover has moved on or not. After all, she could be in heaven at the moment. And heaven is supposed to be a happy place. Thus , she doesn’t have to get all sad up there by thinking about him. The narrator is okay with her moving on. However, he just cannot do so. He has to be reunited with her somehow.
What does the Chorus mean?
“At the end of the world or the last thing I see
You are never coming home, never coming home
Could I? Should I?
And all the things that you never ever told me
And all the smiles that are ever gonna haunt me
Never coming home, never coming home
And all the wounds that are ever gonna scar me
For all the ghosts that are never gonna catch me”
These lines take up a whole new meaning when we couple them with the music video. The music video is about American soldiers on D-day . The last thing that they’ll see is the battlefield and they’ll never be able to return to their families. Thus , the second line. They’ll never be able to see their home again. On the other hand, if we interpret these lines within the context of the larger narrative of the album, this could be the narrator coming to terms with reality. The reality being that his lover is dead and she will never come back to him.
Everything that she had done and her smile – everything haunts the speaker who is still alive. It seems that there is a bit of guilt under these words. The narrator could be wondering why God had to take her with him, but leave him behind. He also wants to be dead, as that way, he can be with his lover. That’s why he is contemplating suicide. It’s pretty clear from the lines – “Could I? Should I?” Her death has been very traumatic for the narrator. That’s why it has left scars that would never heal.
Death of a loved one can push anyone into depression. However, if it’s someone with whom you’ve envisioned your future and are romantically involved, it can be devastating. All of your dreams and hopes go down the drain with their death. The same has happened with the narrator.
Verse 2 – What does it mean?
“Ever get the feeling that you’re never all alone?
And I remember now
At the top of my lungs in my arms, she dies, she dies”
The word “ever” acts as a bridge between the chorus and the second word. It’s a very important word as it’s associated with things like love and death. When someone dies, they die forever. There is no coming back from death. That’s a fact that the narrator is having a difficult time to accept.
In the second verse, he asks the listeners whether they know the feeling of having someone watching over them. The feeling of never being alone. It’s as if his lover is watching over him all the time. And everything starts coming back to him – how she died. He held her in her arms as she died and he shouted at the top of his lungs. The second verse recreates the traumatic death of the narrator’s lover and sends him down in a spiral. The whole song is a representation of the narrator’s mental breakdown.
What does the Bridge mean?
If I fall down
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa , whoa, whoa, whoa”
The bridge wraps up the song nicely. In the end, the narrator “falls”. The word “fall” could be symbolic of death. Perhaps, the narrator decided that life is not worth living anymore and he committed suicide. Or he has given up on the memory of his lover. The possibilities are endless, but none of those possibilities are happy for our narrator. It’s a very sad song that doesn’t end well for the narrator.
“The Ghost of You” is about the death of one ’s lover. It’s haunting and full of pain. The Ghost of You lyrics meaning aren’t that hard to grasp. They radiate pain and hurt. Anyone who has gone through the loss of a loved one can relate to the Ghost of You lyrics meaning. If you want to understand the Ghost of you lyrics meaning even more comprehensively, you should listen to the whole album and watch the music video as well.
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‘Ghosts’ Season 3: Premiere Date, New Ghosts and Everything to Know
Posted: January 4, 2024 | Last updated: January 4, 2024
Before 'Ghosts' returns, here's what you need to know
TV's friendliest haunting will continue when CBS's Ghosts comes back for Season 3. After a long wait due to the writers' and actors' strikes, a return date has finally been set. Here's everything you need to about Ghosts Season 3.
Ghosts Season 3 release date
TLDR: Ghosts will return on Thursday, Feb. 15.
THE DETAILS: The dual strikes pushed the Ghosts Season 3 premiere date back from the fall. On Nov. 13, a few days after the end of the actors' strike, CBS announced the return dates for its strike-delayed shows . Ghosts will premiere Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS, following the Young Sheldon Season 7 premiere.
Ghosts Season 3 cast
TLDR: We expect the entire main cast to return for Season 3 — except, perhaps, for one ghost whose identity will be revealed next season.
THE DETAILS: In the Season 2 finale, Jay and Sam witnessed the heavens open and one of the ghosts ascend to the next plane of existence, which means their haunted house could be missing a spirit next season. Showrunners Joe Port and Joe Wiseman aren't revealing who got "sucked off," even to the cast. Although someone's fate is still up in the air, we expect to see most of the souls who have been wandering the halls of Woodstone to return.
Main cast list
- Rose McIver as Samantha, a freelance writer who suddenly inherited a house from a distant cousin. She died very briefly in the pilot, and is now able to see and speak to ghosts.
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay, Sam's husband, a chef who cannot see or speak to ghosts. He and Sam turned the mansion into a bed-and-breakfast.
- Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, a captain from the Revolutionary War who died of dysentery and was then forgotten. He's now dating the ghost of Nigel, a man he accidentally killed, and when people walk through him, they smell something horrible.
- Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, a lounge singer from the Prohibition era who was murdered. Her murder was solved in Season 2. Her humming is so powerful it can be heard by living people.
- Richie Moriarty as Pete, a travel agent from the 1980s who died when he got hit with an arrow while leading a group of Pinecone Troopers on the Woodstone estate.
- Asher Grodman as Trevor, a stockbroker bro who died in 2000 while wearing no pants. He can interact with physical objects sometimes.
- Sheila Carrasco as Flower, a hippie who died in the woods when she tried to hug a bear. If anyone walks through her, she makes them temporarily high.
- Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty Woodstone, the original lady of Woodstone Mansion, and a distant relative to Sam. She's uptight but slowly learning to let go, and her death remains a mystery.
- Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, the oldest of all the ghosts. Thorfinn is a viking who can affect electricity.
- Roman Zarazoga as Sasappis. Sass is a Lenape Native American who died on the land before the mansion was built, and loves the smell of pizza. He briefly fell in love with a visiting car ghost.
Ghosts Season 3 plot
TLDR: Ghosts Season 3 will pick up after the Season 2 cliffhanger ending and will grapple with the consequences after one of the ghosts ascended to the next plane, or in the show's lingo, got "sucked off" to the afterlife .
THE DETAILS: Executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman told The Messenger that the loss of one of the ghosts will "be significant, and it's gonna have wide-ranging ramifications." That means it's not a pigeon, as one of the actors hoped, and it's probably not just some random ghost we've never seen before. Port said that Season 3 will involve an "exploration of grief" as the ghosts confront the reality that they could get sucked off at any time.
There are many other ghost-related questions to potentially answer in Season 3, as Port and Wiseman reminded us. We haven't learned how Hetty or Sasappis died, and we also don't know what their ghostly powers are. Port told The Messenger that as Jay works on opening a restaurant at the bed-and-breakfast, there will be construction done on the barn, revealing new barn-dwelling ghosts.
And speaking of Jay, he remains the sole main character who can't interact with the ghosts… for now. Ambudkar has been pitching ways for Jay to talk to the ghosts, and Port and Wiseman have some ideas in their heads.
"I don't want to get into exactly how we would do that, but anything's possible," Wiseman told The Messenger. "Something like that would be, like, series-changing dynamics. We would be cautious with something like that, but we've thought of ways to temporarily get by that."
Ghosts Season 2 recap
THE DETAILS: As Sam and Jay got their bed-and-breakfast up and running, the ghosts got used to sharing their home with guests. Sam also worked to fulfill some of the promises she made to them and started a podcast about solving Alberta's murder, which has now been solved thanks to Hetty admitting she knew who did it all along. Thorfinn discovered that he had a son who was haunting the neighbors, and Isaac and Nigel took their relationship to the next level, eventually getting engaged. Hetty and Trevor also began hooking up, while Pete got to secretly walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
After a brief scare in which a woman claimed to be the true heir to Woodstone, Sam and Jay realized how important the house and its ghosts are to them… just in time for the pair to watch one of them get "sucked off."
Ghosts Season 3 trailer
THE DETAILS: There's no trailer yet, but we'll share it here as soon as it's ready.
Ghosts Season 3 episodes
TLDR: Season 3 will be a shortened season due to the strikes.
THE DETAILS: Ghosts Season 1 had 18 episodes, and Season 2 had 22 episodes. Season 3 could have around 13, depending on when production is able to start.
Shows like Ghosts
THE DETAILS: The Messenger has compiled a list of six comforting and/or spooky comedies and light dramas to watch while you wait for Ghosts to return, including What We Do in the Shadows , iZombie and, of course, Ghosts UK .
Where to watch Ghosts
THE DETAILS: Ghosts Season 3 will air Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and stream the day after on Paramount+. Previous seasons of Ghosts are available to stream on Paramount+ .
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Number of ‘ghost patients’ registered with NHS GPs up two-thirds since 2018
Patients registered with GPs in England exceeds population meaning practices could be getting money for people who are not real
The number of patients who might not exist but are registered with GPs has risen by almost two-thirds over the last five years, figures suggest.
‘Ghost patients’ refers to when more people are registered with GP practices than are in the population. GPs are paid for patients on their list, meaning practices could be receiving millions of extra pounds for people who may not be real.
NHS Digital figures analysed by the PA news agency show 62.9 million patients were registered at a GP practice in England on 1 November last year.
This compares with Office for National Statistics estimates of 57.1 million people in England in 2022, meaning about 5.8 million ghost patients were registered with surgeries.
This figure is 61% higher than five years ago – 2018 data suggests there were about 3.6 million ghost patients.
GP surgeries received an average of £164.64 per registered patient in 2022-23, meaning practices could have received about £955m for patients who might not exist.
The Royal College of GPs said surgeries “try hard to keep their patient lists up to date” and are not deliberately profiting by keeping more patients on their lists than actually exist.
It said some patients, including babies, may not be included in the count, while others have left the surgery or moved elsewhere. But the TaxPayers’ Alliance said the public is unfairly subsidising GP practices for patients who may not exist.
It called for lists to be amended if unknown users cannot be found.
In 2019, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority began investigating whether GPs were claiming for nonexistent patients, but this investigation was halted and has not been reopened.
Tom Ryan, a researcher at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “When it comes to GP patients, the numbers simply don’t add up. Taxpayers are subsiding service users who may not even exist.
“Unless these missing patients can be found, funding for GP practices should be amended accordingly.”
Dr Victoria Tzortziou-Brown, vice-chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GP practices try hard to keep their patient lists as up to date as possible, but this relies on timely and accurate information about the movement of patients so that individuals are not inappropriately removed from a GP list.
“So-called ghost patients are nothing sinister, and are not a case of surgeries deliberately profiting by keeping patients on their lists when they shouldn’t be there – they are a records management issue.
“This known discrepancy between the estimated size of the local population and the number of people registered at GP practices can occur for a number of reasons.
“In addition to list inflation, which incorrectly increases the count of patients, there are also issues associated with under-coverage.”
An NHS England spokesperson said it works with GP surgeries to review and update patient lists “and it is vital that practices do this on a regular basis, so they are as accurate as possible”.
A spokesperson for the NHS Counter Fraud Authority said: “The NHSCFA had planned to undertake an intelligence assessment on the nature and scale of GP capitation fraud in 2019.
“This was to improve our understanding of the risk posed to the NHS by fraud and error in general practice, primarily as regards GP capitation [the money paid to GPs for every registered patient].
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Gone but not forgotten: Uncovering the history of long-lost ghost ski areas in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains
News News | Dec 31, 2023
You know Breckenridge and Copper and Keystone and Vail, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Aspen-Snowmass and Steamboat. But do you recall some of the lost Colorado ski areas that began it all?
From Berthoud Pass to Geneva Basin Ski Area, the lost ski areas of the Colorado High Country have left deep tracks in the history of the snowsports industry. Although the lifts no longer run, some of these ghost slopes are still accessible to daring backcountry adventurers seeking fresh powder.
Over the decades, snowsports have transformed into a full-blown industry with ritzy resorts and high-tech lifts, but the ethos these early ski resorts embodied has not entirely been lost, according to Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame’s Director of Collections, Dana Mathios.
“It wasn’t really about profit. It was about fun,” Mathios said of the early days of snowsports in Colorado. “I think it was just a different mentality. (The ski industry) did kind of change into a monster. I love it — don’t get me wrong — but it’s a beast.”
A historic flyer from Geneva Basin Ski Area. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
A flyer from Geneva Basin Ski Area, before its eventual closure. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy image
A flyer from 1996 shows a skier plowing through powder at Berthoud Pass Ski Area. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
A flyer for Indianhead Mountain, which later became Geneva Basin Ski Area. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy image
A historic trail map of Geneva Basin Ski Area Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy image
Cars are pictured atop Berthoud Pass Ski Area in a vintage postcard. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
Berthoud Pass Ski Area ski patrollers help an injured skier in an undated historical photo. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
The Berthoud Pass Ski Area lodge is pictured before the resort’s eventual permanent closure. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
The double chair at Berthoud Pass Ski Area is pictured in 1947. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
A Berthoud Pass Ski Area employee is pictured working on avalanche control in the 1950s. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
Berthoud Pass is pictured with the tracks of backcountry skiers in 2017. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
Skiers use a rope tow at Berthoud Pass in 1945. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
A trail map of Berthoud Pass Ski Area from the 1998-99 winter season. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy image
Tim Flannagan skis Berthoud Pass Ski Area in 1984. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
A skier at Berthoud Pass in the 1980s. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
A pair of skiers at Berthoud Pass in spring 1938. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
A skier uses a rope tow at Berthoud Pass Ski Area in 1938. Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame/Courtesy photo
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Skiing in Colorado can be traced back to the late 1800s, when mountain dwellers donned two long, wooden boards underfoot — not for sport but for increased mobility in the High Country’s snow-capped peaks.
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A pair of wooden skis recently donated to the Colorado Snowsports Museum highlights the utility skis offered to Coloradans in the decades before snowsports took off as a recreational endeavor, Mathios said. The modest wooden boards with “crazy wires” protruding from the front were used by a farmer to descend the mountains to check on his livestock, she said.
“When skiing first came to Colorado, it was mostly a transportation-type tool,” Mathios said. “I think the first documented use of skis was in what is now Breckenridge and that was 1859-1860 in a mining camp. That’s always overlooked a bit.”
As immigrants from northern European countries, like Scandinavia and Norway, increasingly flocked to Colorado toward the turn of the century, they brought skiing — and ski culture — with them. Soon ski jumping and ski festivals began to pop up in communities across the Rocky Mountains.
Carl Howelsen, a Norwegian immigrant who came to the United States in 1905, is credited with spurring forth the competitive and recreational pursuit of skiing in Colorado. A winner of major skiing championships back in Norway, Howelsen helped transform skiing into a true sport in Steamboat Springs, setting in motion a new era of skiing.
In fact, Howelsen Hill Ski Area in Steamboat Springs, which opened in 1915 and boasts the title of Colorado’s oldest continuously operated ski area, still bears the name of that famous “Flying Norwegian.”
But, while Howelsen Hill has remained open all these years, so many other ski areas have closed.
Climax Ski Area
Operation dates: 1936-1960s
Location: Atop Fremont Pass, between Copper Mountain and Leadville
Operated mainly for the employees of the Climax Molybdenum Mine, the ski area featured the first night skiing operation in the state. While the mine continues to operate, the ski area has long since closed. The area got great snow and was accessed by purchasing a $10 pass.
Operation dates: 1938-1940s
Location: Loveland Pass, near where Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is currently located
A portable tow rope made of a 4.5 horsepower engine mounted atop a toboggan tugged skiers to the top of a snow basin on the east side of Loveland Pass. Sometimes called “The Little Sweden Freezer Companies” by locals, the small operation run by the Denver-based Ski Club Zipfelberger fell out of use as the nearby Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Keystone Resort were established.
Peak 1 slopes
Operation dates: None
Frisco’s skiing history dates to 1910, when Peter Prestrud built a ski jump near the entrance to the Tenmile Canyon atop the tailings pile of the Excelsior Mine. Another ski jump was soon built near Dillon but was later inundated when the dam for the Dillon Reservoir was constructed.
In 1967, Art Brookstrum developed ski runs on Peak 1 that were mostly used by local high school students for ski-jump competitions and are still visible today. The Colorado High School Activities Association discontinued ski jumping at high school ski meets by 1979, and the ski area fell into a period of disuse. But it briefly reopened in February 1989, when it was used for a Junior Olympic qualifying tournament.
At one point in the 1960s, Jim Temple and the company Peak One Limited envisioned a base area a half mile south of Frisco with large lifts that would take skiers to the top of Peak 1. However, the project was never built.
Operation dates: 1939-1951
Location: Between Breckenridge and Fairplay
The South Park Lions Club first investigated the possibility of constructing a ski area at Hoosier Pass in 1938 and within a year had made the dream a reality. A lift-served ski area included several runs as well as a 200-foot jump and a toboggan slide. A restaurant with a bar, a dancing area, restrooms and a separate log cabin used as a warming hut were constructed.
Sources: Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame; Powder Ghost Towns by Peter Bronski
Before World War II, skiing was largely a ‘Do It Yourself’ activity, Mathios said. The way most ski areas got their start around the turn of the 20th century was with someone saying, “Hey, I have an old car engine. Let’s make a lift where families and locals can ski,” she said.
Berthoud Pass Ski Area — perhaps one of Colorado’s most famous lost ski areas — got its start in several years before U.S. involvement in World War II. Beginning in 1937, the ski area opened one of the state’s first tow ropes, powered by a Ford engine and run by volunteers on weekends, according to the Colorado Snowsports Museum.
Accessible only to backcountry skiers today, Berthoud Pass embodies much of what is both fascinating and puzzling about the history of skiing in Colorado, Mathios said. As the ski industry modernized after World War II, the ski area located on the border of Grand and Clear Creek counties built the first double chair in the state and enjoyed success by catering to both expert skiers and families traveling from Denver.
But it also floundered over the decades, suffering financial woes and weathering permit and lawsuit fiascos, sometimes closing and changing owners, reopening and upgrading equipment or promising upgrades that never came to fruition. In 2001, lift operations closed for good at Berthoud.
What exactly led to Berthoud Pass to shut down permanently is unclear, Mathios said. But running a ski area has always been a precarious business between the seasonal uncertainty of snowfall and debt many resorts took on to install lifts.
“Gosh, why did it close? It just seemed so perfect. They have great snow. It seemed so inherently perfect with the conditions they have,” Mathios said. “You see so many resorts investing so much in lift technology and not being able to pay it off. I’m not sure if that’s what happened here.”
Another lost ski area near and dear to Coloradans’ hearts got its start in that post-World War II era, as the construction of the Interstate 70 corridor snaked its way through the mountains providing a new customer base for the growing snowsports industry.
Geneva Basin Ski Area opened near Georgetown in 1963 under the name “Indianhead.” Much like Berthoud Pass, Geneva Basin faced continuous financial troubles until its ultimate closure in 1984. Lack of snow and debt appear to be the biggest factors that contributed to Geneva Basin’s eventual closure, Mathios said, though backcountry skiers still frequent its slopes.
During the era of skiing that birthed Berthoud Pass and Geneva Basin, ski areas were operating as businesses but often had a “break-even” mentality, where the bottomline was fun, not profit, Mathios said.
For those who skied these mountains, the slopes took on a personality of their own and became set in the collective memory of a generation of Coloradans.
“These places meant so much to people beyond just a recreational pursuit,” Mathios said. “It was like their best friend.”
As snowmaking and lift technology exploded heading into the 21st century, the business model for ski resorts changed. But the underlying joy that gave snowsports their start in Colorado has not, Mathios said.
“With a snowmaking department, lift operators, so many different moving parts, the ski industry has grown so much,” she said. “But I think that passion is still there, though. Deep down there is still that passion and drive.”
This story previously published in the winter 2023-24 edition of Explore Summit magazine .
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Ghost With 'Heavy Footsteps' Terrified TV Host During Japan Visit
Gina Darling's time in Okinawa sounds pretty scary.
By John Connor Coulston - January 7, 2024 01:44 pm EST
One of Gina Darling 's trips to Japan featured a possible haunting, and it left her "terrified." The former G4 TV host, who starred on Attack of the Show! and the WWE -backed game show Arena , recently swapped ghost stories with Ovilee May , her co-host on the podcast Show Bobas (f.k.a. Spill It ). Darling explained, "I don't f— with ghosts at all" and went into her supernatural encounter.
The Twitch streamer's experience happened in Okinawa, which she believes is "super f— ing haunted." While on the Japanese island, she was staying with a friend-of-a-friend, who just happened to live in an old house "out in the f—ing woods." While there, she slept downstairs with some less-than-stellar bedding arrangements. However, it wasn't just the couch-crashing that made her stay unpleasant.
Darling says she kept hearing "heavy footsteps" from above her in the house. The already uneased TV host was "terrified" and left unable to sleep.
"I couldn't shake this feeling of 'something is not right,' so I hid under the thin white flat sheet the whole night with my phone, that's it. I couldn't go to sleep because all I heard was footsteps — like, heavy footsteps upstairs, walking back and forth," Darling recalled. "It was like 3 in the morning. I kept on hearing someone walking, and I couldn't sleep. I was so terrified, and I was like in a cold sweat the whole time."
While she was already pretty spooked, she did hold on to the thought that maybe it was the homeowner pacing around, unable to sleep. However, she asked him first thing in the morning, and he claimed he was sound asleep by 10 p.m. If it wasn't him, what caused the sound of footsteps?
Darling peaced out after that night, appreciating the hospitality of the friend's friend but unable to spend another night in a likely haunted abode. She explained to May, "It just didn't feel right."
May, another former G4 personality, shared a supernatural encounter of her own, all about a creepy summer camp experience . To hear May and Darling recount her full stories, you can watch/listen to the full Show Bobas episode via YouTube . You can also support the program by joining its recently-launched Discord and Patreon communities.
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