The Ghost of You

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"The Ghost of You"
Mcr the ghost of you.jpg
Single by My Chemical Romance
from the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
ReleasedAugust 29, 2005 (2005-08-29)
Songwriter(s)My Chemical Romance
Producer(s)Howard Benson
My Chemical Romance singles chronology
"Under Pressure"
"The Ghost of You"
"Welcome to the Black Parade"
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge track listing
13 tracks
  1. "Helena"
  2. "Give 'Em Hell Kid"
  3. "To the End"
  4. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison"
  5. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
  6. "The Ghost of You"
  7. "The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You"
  8. "Interlude"
  9. "Thank You for the Venom"
  10. "Hang 'Em High"
  11. "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish"
  12. "Cemetery Drive"
  13. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living"

"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.[1] 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".[2] The ad itself was an allusion to the song, "These Foolish Things". The song's lyrics deal with losing a loved one.

Music video[edit]

A screenshot of the video.

The music video was shot over two days in Malibu, California, and cost over US $1,000,000 to make. Marc Webb directed the video. In an interview with Fuse, My Chemical Romance said "We shot a movie and just edited it to be a video. It's like if you put 'Helena' and 'I'm Not Okay (I Promise)' together to make one long music video, it still would top that." It closely parallels the Omaha invasion scene from the movie Saving Private Ryan. Most of the video takes place at a USO dance where the band is performing, but, often switches over to a D-Day scene, in which the band members play as United States soldiers in fierce combat. (At the dance, one soldier's uniform bears the 101st Airborne Division "Screamin' Eagles" patch, however the 101st Airborne Division was not involved in beach landings, but were parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day, suggesting that several units were present at the ball. 1st Infantry Division and Ninth Air Force patches can also be seen.)

The video takes an emotional turn when bassist Mikey Way is shot and killed by German fire despite the medic's (played by Ray Toro) attempts to save him, adding emphasis to the aspects of loss in the song. This is foreshadowed in a bar scene where vocalist Gerard Way, his brother, appears to be reassuring him at a bar that he will be alright, and that there is no reason to be afraid. He is seen wearing a 1st Infantry Division patch in the video. Mikey "dies" with his eyes open. Gerard is restrained by his squadmates/band members as he sees his brother die, and is seen screaming (although there is no sound other than the song) as he tries to run to him. The 1st Infantry Division, the "Big Red One", were among the first wave on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. In Life on the Murder Scene, Ray is told to talk to Mikey to look like he is trying to save him. Obligingly, he shouts "Mikey! You're dead! [How do you feel!?]"

On September 7, 2005, on its fourth day, it reached number one on MTV's music video countdown Total Request Live.[citation needed] There is a cut version for daytime audiences, which leaves shots of soldiers vomiting and Mikey Way's wounds from machine gun fire absent.[citation needed]

Mikey Way, in an interview with Fuse, stated that when the trap door on the landing craft opened and the band rushed forward, due to the weight of all the members, extras and gears combined, the craft capsized and filled with water to the point where the band nearly drowned.[citation needed]

On the Life on the Murder Scene DVD, it is stated that during their tour with Green Day, Green Day showed MCR their video "Wake Me Up When September Ends", which also had a war theme. Gerard feared the video would be the same as theirs for "Wake Me Up When September Ends" but "The Ghost of You" was more about the loss of someone you love. Green Day in a way "gave us their blessing", as stated by Gerard.[citation needed]

In the music video for "Welcome to the Black Parade" Mikey is seen with a medal on his jacket. It is thought that this is related to him dying in the music video for "The Ghost of You".[original research?]

Track listing[edit]

US promotional CD

1."The Ghost of You" (album version)3:14

UK promotional CD

1."The Ghost of You"3:23

UK 7" vinyl

1."The Ghost of You"3:23
2."Helena" (live)4:31


1."The Ghost of You"3:23
2."Helena" (live)4:32


1."The Ghost of You"3:23
2."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live)2:59
3."Cemetery Drive" (live)2:58

iTunes EP

1."The Ghost of You" (audio from video edit)3:16
2."I'm Not Okay – I Promise" (live; Warped Tour 2005)2:59
3."Cemetery Drive" (live; Warped Tour 2005)2:58


Chart (2005–06) Peak
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[3] 86
Ireland (IRMA) 49
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[4] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 27
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 84
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
US Billboard Alternative Songs 9

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United States 2005 CD PROCDR101610
United Kingdom PRO15547
August 29, 2005 7" vinyl
  • W683
  • 5439159657
  • W683CD1
  • 5439159652
  • W683CD2
  • 9362428242


  1. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  2. ^ My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way says it's been 'so difficult' to keep 'Watchmen' Bob Dylan cover under wraps
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.

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