Friday, October 28, 2011

Poetry Friday: Ghost in this House

Poets.org sent me a link to "Ghost Poems." But if you really want to experience a haunting, listen to  the phantasmagoric voice of Alison Krauss inhabit the drifting, melancholy beauty of this song. Pair it with a viewing of Robert Duvall and Bill Murray in "Get Low" (which also features Alison on the sound track, singing "Lay My Burden Down") and you'll be shivering feverishly for a long while.







"Ghost In This House"

I don't pick up the mail
I don't pick up the phone
I don't answer the door
I'd just as soon be alone
I don't keep this place up
I just keep the lights down
I don't live in these rooms
I just rattle around

I'm just a ghost in this house
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

I don't care if it rains
I don't care if it's clear
I don't mind staying in
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

I'm just a ghost in this house
I'm just a shadow upon these walls
I'm living proof of the damage
Heartbreak does
I'm just a whisper of smoke
I'm all that's left of two hearts on fire
That once burned out of control
And took my body and soul
I'm just a ghost in this house
Oh, I'm just a ghost in this house

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Random Noodling.

8 comments:

  1. Great choice for today. I was lucky enough to see Alison Krause and Union Station here in NH this summer.

    I also saw Get Low -- officially one of my all-time favorite movies.

    Janet

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  2. I've never even heard of Get Low--how did I miss it>

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  3. Beautiful song -- heard her sing it live once. Her voice is perfection.

    I also missed "Get Low," and I love Duvall's work. Must check it out. :)

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  4. I've added Get Low to my Netflix queue.

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  5. Love this song...and that beautiful voice.

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  6. Love the voice and the song! Thanks for posting.

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  7. Her voice is like water to a tired soul. How lovely and how apt for the season indeed. My favorite lines:

    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

    - awfully sad. proof indeed that heartbreak occasionally (not always) kills the spirit.

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