“Ghost” Indigo Girls

Emily Sailers has written her share of deft love songs with moving lyrics, but she topped herself with “Ghost.”  “The Mississippi’s mighty, it starts in Minnesota in a place that you can walk across with five steps down.  I guess that’s how you started like a pinprick to my heart, but right now you rush right through me and I start to drown.”  You don’t find a metaphor for the kind of analysis and obsession that goes into thinking about love that’s stronger than that.  You could take issue with the heavy production that employs strings far too liberally and dramatically, but there’s a genuineness in the song that’s downright invasive, ripped from the journals you never wrote.  I could listen to the song a dozen times in a row and still feel the same intensity of the moment that’s inescapable.  I’m not sure if there’s an actual affair at the center of the song, it may just be thoughts of someone that linger, haunting like ghosts in a poltergeist movie – is she in love or just in love with a ghost?  It’s a question that doesn’t get asked enough, and this song proves the thoughts on love could trump the actual experience.


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