Distorted Ghosts: Part One

Ghosts are a common sight along Mark’s lyrical landscapes…

Tonight we uncover a few of the more elusive of these hainted recordings!

Ghost Of His Smile (Susanna Hoffs):

Ghost Of His Smile (Susanna Hoffs)

This track is taken from an unreleased album Susanna Hoffs recorded with Mark in 1994. Mark actually co-wrote four other songs on the album: “Darling One”, “Enormous Wings”, “Happy Place” and “Sleep”. Susanna went on to re-record three of these for her self-titled 1996 album.

Ghost In The Sky (Unreleased Mix):

Ghost In The Sky (Unreleased Mix)

Ghost In The Sky first appeared in 2001 as a bonus track on the Japanese CD issue of It’s A Wonderful Life. A remixed version followed five years later on Dreamt For Light Years. In my opinion this unreleased third mix beats them both hands down!

Kind Ghosts (Live):

Kind Ghosts (Live)

An unreleased song recorded live on 7th December 2007 during a solo performance in Minehead, England. Fittingly this set was part of the Portishead curated Nightmare Before Christmas (All Tomorrow’s Parties)…

LYRICS
I hung my wolves
Up high in the pine trees
Like cannonball sails
The fuckers wouldn’t stay hung
Somewhere somebody’s
Scarecrow is crying
How could I have not noticed
The hammers that done me in?
Oh where were you my kind ghosts when I needed you?
Oh where were you my kind ghosts when I needed you?
How could I have not noticed?
Drank whisky then water
How could I have not noticed
The hammers that done me in?
Lay with me my love
Lie awake in the magnolias
I swallowed the phantom
It forgot how to breath
Oh where were you my kind ghosts when I needed you?
Oh where were you my kind ghosts when I needed you?
Oh where were you my kind ghosts when I needed you?
Oh where were you my kind ghosts when I needed you?
When I needed you
When I needed you

To be continued……….

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4 thoughts on “Distorted Ghosts: Part One

  1. I love both of those first 2. I’ll need to listen to “My Kind of Ghost” properly.

    Thanks for starting this site, I love Sparklehorse.

  2. Addendum: Doesn’t the short (and really creepy) instrumental “Haint” belong on this list? Haint is slang for spirit or ghost after all.

    • Thanks for your comments Micheal and watch out for Part II coming soon. I agree Haint should really be included here but since the track is still commercially available we may have to go for the poem “Distorted Haint” from the GMS CD artwork instead. That is if we can find a special guest to recite it! BTW the website is still very much under development so please bear with us. We hope to be up and running with much more regular posts for what would have been Mark’s 50th in September…

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