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Eels — Friendly Ghost
Album: Souljacker
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6.7

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Total ratings: 367









Released: 2001
Length: 3:14
Plays (last 30 days): 0
If you're scared to die
You'd better not be scared to live
I've been spending all my days
Giving all I can give

Last night I heard someone walk in
Through my bedroom door
What they wanted I'm not exactly sure

A friendly ghost is all I need
A friendly ghost is all I need

Marking time on a broken watch
Counting days till the old pawn shop
Sells me back my saxophone
Then everyone's gonna leave me alone

Two times I thought I heard someone
Knocking on the glass
I hid my head and prayed that it would pass

A friendly ghost is all I need
A friendly ghost is all I need

If you're scared to die
You better not be scared to live
I've been carrying round a grudge
Think I better forgive

Last night I heard footsteps walking
On the attic floor
I got up and I opened up the door

A friendly ghost is all I need
A friendly ghost is all I need

A friendly ghost
''(If you're scared to die)''
Is all I need
''(You'd better not be scared to live)''
A friendly ghost
''(I've been spending all my days)''
Is all I need
''(Giving all I can give)''
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 manbirdexperiment wrote:
I love the album cover! And the band's not too shabby, either.
 
Not a band, just one guy, Mark Oliver Everett

 OldFrenchie wrote:
Would I be considered late to the party if I made a lame and distasteful Unibomber joke about the album cover? I'm too lazy to read through all the other comments
  I checked ... go ahead.


 marikak wrote:
Love this song... E is a brilliant lyricist!
 

agree - he really speaks to some of us. . .
Would I be considered late to the party if I made a lame and distasteful Unibomber joke about the album cover? I'm too lazy to read through all the other comments


Either The Eels reminds me of Beck, or Beck reminds me of The Eels.

Contract fufillment remix? I guess everybody's gotta make a buck.


Love this song... E is a brilliant lyricist!
rKokon wrote:
Tried to take your advice! Found precious little, and that under a different spelling, and nothing at all about the father. Wish you would revisit and update your advice.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Oliver_Everett

stalfnzo wrote:
E is a master. If you don't know the Eels, look up Mark Elliot on Wikipedia. Read about his dad, his life. Great stuff.
Tried to take your advice! Found precious little, and that under a different spelling, and nothing at all about the father. Wish you would revisit and update your advice.
pmnixa wrote:
The high pitched noises are so high that I suspect they are out of range for some.
Yes, I like the song okay, and like the band but the high pitched frequency really hurt my ears and distracted me from enjoying this!
I love the album cover! And the band's not too shabby, either.
Interesting bio on Mark Everett at the Eels entry at wikipedia. I didn't know he was originally performing as the Man Called E. More of a techno pop/Bowie-esque thing then, it made a bit of a splash on FM alt rock radio back in the 90's when that still existed before Clear Channell came along with its bulldozer and levelled those stations to the ground. I really liked that Man called E record. I had no idea he's an Eel now, no wonder I like these slippery Eels. This guy is quite talented.
E is a master. If you don't know the Eels, look up Mark Elliot on Wikipedia. Read about his dad, his life. Great stuff.
Hinkamp wrote:
this is just one of those songs that can be a 2 or an 8 depending on the day and your mood.
Ha! You nailed it! I think many Eels songs fall under this category...and those that don't force you into a good mood even if you don't want to be happy. Like early morning Sunny Saturday Song.
Not Mr. Everett's best. Why he put a picture of a young Unabomber on the cover with his poodle is a bit of a mystery.
This sounds like a TV sitcom theme song for a new live action Casper abomination.:puke:
Uggh. It sounds as if someone's microwave popcorn was done before the recording was over... :stop:
this is just one of those songs that can be a 2 or an 8 depending on the day and your mood.
I'm sorry to say that I really hated that. The music, the silly lyrics, I just didn't get it at all. Would have changed the channel if it were regular radio.
Diss him how you will, I love Mr. E and his marvelous off-kilter pop songs. I would marry him except I already extended an offer of marriage to David Lowery.
Roverfish wrote:
Not sure why this should concern you...you're already stone deaf, obviously. Cool tune from Mr. E and Co.
The high pitched noises are so high that I suspect they are out of range for some.
Is this a song about Casper? It could be as it's just that lame.
Hannio wrote:
Cute. Makes me want to vomit.
yeah- like "boo-berry" cereal...
wade44 wrote:
I really thought that was Beck singing...
ditto
Maybe they'll return in Italy?
To truly love EELS you must see them live. Awesome...
His voice drones a bit.
Cute. Makes me want to vomit.
I love this!
EEL
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Makes me boogie.
ChardRemains wrote:
you-all think this is Beck? Funny, I don't hear that at all...
same style of "i'm not really trying to sing" singing, but the similarity ends there for me.
Same here.... wade44 wrote:
I really thought that was Beck singing...
yeah i heard beck too at first.
you-all think this is Beck? Funny, I don't hear that at all...
wade44 wrote:
I really thought that was Beck singing...
me 2
I really thought that was Beck singing...
I want to hate this, but it ain't workin'!
Is that Beck Hansen singing?
:yawn:
I think I'm falling in love with the Eels.
rulebritannia wrote:
After reading the comments below it's clear I'm demented......I like this song!
agreed....i mean i like the song too. :lol: If you're afraid to die, you better not be afraid to live. nice line.
Hmm...shades of Beck?
physicsgenius wrote:
This song would be quite good if it weren't for the eardrum-destroying supersonics.
Not sure why this should concern you...you're already stone deaf, obviously. Cool tune from Mr. E and Co.
This song would be quite good if it weren't for the eardrum-destroying supersonics.
This is weird! Back in '02, someone thought it got too much airplay, and then there are no comments from '03 --- did Bill not play it at all in 2003?!? :-s Anyway, this is the first time I've heard this track at all. I like it. Could see it in a set with Elvis Costello's Spooky Girlfriend, maybe... :-k
After reading the comments below it's clear I'm demented......I like this song!
dmax wrote:
I really like this new Beck album. Whoops. Never mind. :rolleyes: I do like it though.
i'm with you. same thing i think almost every time i hear this one.
dmax wrote:
I really like this new Beck album. Whoops. Never mind. :rolleyes: I do like it though.
I never get this comparison. Mr. E is the man and the EELS are awesome. A must see live.
Only Casper would like this.
I really like this new Beck album. Whoops. Never mind. :roll: I do like it though.
Originally Posted by eric: This song is really starting to annoy me.
Me too. It's not sounding any better, even when they play it every single DAY!!
This song is really starting to annoy me.
originally posted by lbrc: what are you talking about? :??:
well, your comment prior to mine said "how droll" and i paraphrased the drolling stones and said "it's only drock & droll but i like it". :rolleyes: and i *do* like this song and album: i think the cd is one of the best out this year from start to finish. does "lbrc" stand for anything in particular?edited by dr._crane at 6:48 pm on 8/17/2002
originally posted by dr._crane: it's only drock & droll, but i like it!
what are you talking about? :??:
originally posted by lbrc: wow!, a feel good song! how droll :rolleyes:
it's only drock & droll, but i like it!
wow!, a feel good song! how droll :roll:
Well, this is certanly exciting. (yawn)
Eels, Eels, Eels, Eels!!!!!
Even the negative comments are enjoyable. This proves that Eels songs are truly magical. Keep playing these fabulous Eels songs on RP so we can continue to feel that tingle.
Gettin a lotta play here, its a great song. Check out the rest of the Souljacker CD. Very, very good. Also, Eels have a live cd called Oh What a Beautiful Morning that (I think) you can only buy thru their website. Must have for a big eels fan (and, perhaps, radioparadise.com)! :D
..A different song...is all i need...
Originally Posted by Dr._Crane: The Eels always sound great out of my laptop speakers...love their sound and harmonic fun (lots of major-to-minor-and-back transitions in this one).
Out of my little (but great) iMac speakers too! With good music it just doesn't matter what soundsystem you use, it gets across anyway. Eels keep their music 'small', so maybe that's another reason why it sounds that great out of little speakers.
Kind of reminds me of a happy light version of R.E.M. Really nice song.
My rating just goes up and up the more I hear this. Too cool! Makes me dance in my computer chair. :D :cool:
This song always sounds like \"Brand name clothes / is all I need\" to me :)
I like it...the more I hear it, the more I like it! :D Patti M.
The Eels always sound great out of my laptop speakers...love their sound and harmonic fun (lots of major-to-minor-and-back transitions in this one).
I like!