How The Daylight’s “Ghosts” Relates to the Struggles of Losing a Loved One

How The Daylight’s “Ghosts” Relates to the Struggles of Losing a Loved One

Music can help express a variety of emotions that we go through in our lifetime. Through the melodies, instrumentation, and lyrics, each song we have listened to in our lifetime has influenced our lives, thoughts, and emotions somehow. Today’s featured tune, “Ghosts” by The Daylight, is a perfect example as it expresses similar emotions that one might have experienced before: the feeling of losing a loved one.

You can listen to the song down below. Can you relate to the lyrics: do you still hold onto the memories of deceased loved ones?

Ghosts: The Emotions After Losing a Loved One

The Daylight promoting "Ghosts"
The Daylight

According to the press release for the single, “Ghost” is about “the grief of a friend and the struggles of mental health that come with losing a loved one.” You can hear this struggle in the lyrics as the song’s character still mourns the loss of their loved one. “I need you, the one that I lost” is sung throughout the chorus as a way to show that this character is still coping and has a hard time letting go. “You don’t want to be around me” 

Another example can be found in the verses, especially in the second part, where the character ponders about the what-ifs. What if you were alive? If you were still with us, Would you look back through me? What would you do? There is also the act of remembering happening throughout as the character tries so hard not to look at the photos, memories, and the things belonging to that specific person. Yet, in the end, the character embraces those memories and feelings as a coping mechanism.

The lyrics are further played out in the melodies and instrumentation. The melody is evocative, dampened, and poignant. With how the instrumentation is composed to reflect the song’s spirit, it is such a beautiful rock piece. Even though The Daylight is influenced by The Cure, DIIV, The Murder Capital, and The Drums, I couldn’t help to hear some of The Police while listening to “Ghosts” due to its poignant ambiance.

Like She Never Left

I asked you in the beginning if you could relate to the lyrics for “Ghosts”. Do you still hold onto the memories of deceased loved ones?

The answer for me is: Yes, I do. You see, this Sunday was supposed to be my grandmother’s 79th birthday. She passed away about fifteen years ago due to a heart attack from smoking. Although I have come to terms with her death for a long time now, I still hear her voice, smell her scent, and remember her warmth from time to time. At first, I thought I was crazy for remembering her and thought it was unhealthy. But, when I grew up, I accepted these memories as a way to cope and just to know that she is here in spirit.

Now, coming to terms with any loved one’s death is no easy feat, just like the message with The Daylight’s “Ghost”. It took me some time to get over both the loss of my grandmother. There were so many emotions that I had to deal with: sadness, guilt, criticism, regret, and others. Yet, I eventually got over them by talking to my family about the emotions I was feeling and turning those negative emotions into positive ones.

My Final Thoughts

The Daylight

“Ghosts” by The Daylight is such a well-composed tune about the mental health and struggles of losing a loved one. It is relatable with its well-written lyrics. But also, “Ghosts” has alluring melodies and instrumentation. With the tune’s evocative, dampened, and poignant mood, you are sure to be drawn into “Ghosts” with its first beat. Due to the song being so well-crafted, “Ghosts” is sure to be one of the best post shoegaze tunes of 2020.

You can listen to “Ghosts” below and let me know what you think of the tune in the comments below!

About the Artist: The Daylight

The Daylight
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Indie/Post Shoegaze (related to dream pop) outfit ‘The Daylight’ hail from the suburbs of South East London & Brighton. Formed by Jacob Chandler (Lead Singer & Guitarist), Theo Byrd (Bass), and Alex Probert-Jones (Drums). The band draws in lyrical inspiration from personal issues including Mental health, romance, grief, and the ever-evolving decline in the landscape of modern society. Their music is influenced by The Cure, DIIV, The Murder Capital, and The Drums. 

The band has received rave reviews from BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music Tom Robinson & Radio X’s John Kennedy and have played a string of sold-out shows at the 100 Club, Old Blue Last, The Lexington, Green Door Store and more, supporting: FLUNK, Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes, Dog In The Snow & Beatenberg. 

The band is set to support HANYA on the 17th of September at The Rosehill in Brighton. But, with uncertainty in the air with the current pandemic, the shows may or may not go ahead. 

You can follow The Daylight at the following social media:

Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


Pin This!

How The Daylight’s “Ghosts” Relates to the Struggles of Losing a Loved One

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. Tara Pittman

    It is a nice song. I am not sure I can relate this to ghosts though as it is too upbeat for me

  2. Stephanie

    I think everyone can relate to losing a loved one. It isn’t easy. I remember the first major loss for me was when my grandfather lost his battle to cancer when I was a senior in high school. Then, probably the worst, was when one of my best friends lost her battle with a very rare aggressive form of ovarian cancer when we were in college. That was one of the hardest semesters for me, and it just hurt. That’s been just over 10 years now, though, and I have a few photos with her around the house and I can remember all the fun times we had instead of the hurt now. But I do wonder what it would be like if she was still here.

  3. Tessa

    Grief and loss are something we can all relate to in a really deep way. It is a feeling unlike any other which makes it so powerful in this song! I often think of those that we have lost, as so many have left deep, lasting, impressions on me and my life.

  4. CA

    If you will listen to the tune alone, without the lyrics, you’d initially think that it’s a happy song. This is so deep. It’s never easy to lose anyone or anything. Grief is a legit feeling that one must go through.

  5. Krysten Quiles

    I still struggle with the loss of my grandparents, and it comes up in really strange ways. Sometimes on Fridays I still want to call them even though it has been years since I’ve heard their voices.

  6. Marie Phillips

    Such sad music in every way–lyrics and music. But it is a good thing to sing about when that is where your life is at. I think it must be therapeutic.

  7. Cristina Petrini

    We touch on a delicate topic because I believe in ghosts and I believe in the ability to communicate with them. Whether they are our loved ones or not, but the paranormal like ghost hunting is a topic that would need a very long study.

  8. World in Eyes

    Such a well written and well composed lyric with sad music, is so much deep and heart- touchings song. As usual your sharing is good.

  9. Monidipa

    These musics are realy good. Sad but soulful and good. The lyrics are really great.

  10. Neely Moldovan

    Oh I love this. yes very sad but sometimes the sad songs can impact us the most.

  11. Georgia

    Music always relates to emotions. Sad music gives me the strongest feelings especially when related to losing a loved one.

  12. Jessica

    Music has always been a super important part of my life also. I think music can be therapeutic and used in so many different ways to spark different emotions.

  13. Maysz

    This is such a nice song especially when you feel sad and grief I would love to listen this!

  14. littlemisadvencha

    i havent heard about them. but this one is a sensitive topic. im glad they were able to put this into words so that many will hear it and understand the meaning. thank you for sharing. i need to listen to it more often to see a different perspective.

  15. mariah green

    I like ghosts. It’s an upbeat song so you wouldn’t think it was about grief until you really listened to the lyrics

  16. Polly

    Listening to ‘Ghosts’ kind of brings back memories (which I’m trying to avoid). I like it, It’s well-written and the melody is beautiful.

  17. Stephanie Cruz

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I lost my grandfather 3 years ago but I haven’t come to terms with it yet. He pretty much stood as my father and to lose him was so tragic but uplifting because he’s no longer in pain. The other day I sensed his presence as I could smell his distinct scent in the room. Anyhow, I think music truly helps in one way or another when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. I will try and give this band a listen. Thank you for recommending!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      She passed away 15 years ago, it’s ok now. Thanks for the concern! Even though the loss of our love ones, we remember certain things about them, almost like they are here.

  18. Jen Walker

    I have lost many people in my life, and it never gets easier. Music is something I use to help cope with my grief.

  19. Melanie williams

    So sorry to hear about your loss, it can be such a difficult time…stay strong and do the best you can hun x

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      She passed away 15 years ago, it’s ok now. Thanks for the concern!

  20. Candace Hampton

    Grief is definitely something that makes us human. We have all experienced it in some form or fashion. I think it is heavily written about in music because music makes it easier to communicate our true feelings. I liked it, thanks for sharing!

  21. Caitlin + Dani

    Music can be really healing. We think it’s important to find the music that you can relate to during certain points in your life.

  22. chad

    I grief the loss of my grandma who passed away 6 months ago, music please a very important role in the healing process.

  23. Elizabeth O

    The words are well written and we can really feel the emotion. Great song!

Leave a Reply