|Forget About It, by Alison Krausss|
The eerie music and lyrics to Ghost in This House by Alison Krauss breaks your heart while still sending shivers down your spine.
Listening to this song I can't help but think of my mom in our family home alone now, without my father. However, the lyrics can apply to both a loss from a break-up, or death.
Alison Krauss possesses a voice that pierces through you as she sings this heartbreak with haunted suffering. The story of loss and loneliness infects you and you're left feeling the anguish that this woman lives with.
(Lyrics) I'm just a ghost in this houseSince the song has personal meaning for me, I find it hard to listen to. However on the brighter side, if you like to sing, which I spend too much time doing, the key Alison Krauss sings this in works perfectly for me, so it gets played often ... just so I can belt it out and annoy the boys. The song successfully combines something wonderful with something painful and tragic, making it irresistible.
I'm just a shadow upon these walls
As quietly as a mouse I haunt these halls
I'm just a whisper of smoke
I'm all that's left of two hearts on fire
That once burned out of control
You took my body and soul
I'm just a ghost in this house
Ghost in This House goes quite a way back. It was originally recorded and released by Country Group Shenandoah in September of 1990. It was also covered by the Dixie Chicks. Alison Krauss released her cover on her 1999 album Forget About It.
Take a minute to listen below. You won't be disappointed. Free of a grand crescendo, the even keeled musical approach to this spooky tale manages to keep you listening mainly for the story it tells ... that, and the fact that if you like to sing in this key, you're hooked!
The lyrics featured below haunt me the most; they speak about the ghost that sits in 'your chair' and 'lays his head on your pillow at night'. Mom just recently donated my father's lift chair to someone in need, but that chair has been positioned beside mom's chair for multiple decades (replaced a few times of course) but none-the-less, after dad passed, that chair haunted me, but I still loved it.
We were very torn about letting it go; mom and I both had trouble sleeping the night before the couple came to pick it up. For over a year, when sitting in mom's chair, I would glance at dad's chair and imagine him in it again; it's a feeling that combines pain with beauty. In fact, the feeling is best described in the Dr. Seuss quote, 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened'.
(Lyrics) I don't mind staying inI hope you get to listen to this song without all the associations I've personally attached to it! If you haven't suffered a deep loss and get to listen to it for the pure joy of music, then I'll end this with an appropriate Halloween sentiment, BOO!
There's another ghost here
He sits down in your chair
And he shines with your light
And he lays down his head
On your pillow at night
By Barbara Tremblay Cipak
Drageda.com - Country Music Reviewer