Your Ghost

"Your Ghost"
Single by Kristin Hersh
from the album Hips and Makers
B-side "The Key", "Uncle June and Aunt Kiyoti", "When the Levee Breaks"
Released January 10, 1994
Format 7", CD single
Recorded Stable Sound, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Genre Indie rock, folk
Length 3:16
Label 4AD (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Writer(s) Kristin Hersh
Producer(s) Lenny Kaye, Kristin Hersh
Kristin Hersh singles chronology
"Your Ghost"
"A Loon"

"Your Ghost" is the first track from Kristin Hersh's debut solo studio album Hips and Makers. It features additional backing vocals from Michael Stipe of R.E.M..


The song was released as a single on January 10, 1994 and reached #45 in the UK singles chart. It was also featured on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for With Honors released later that year. According to Filmmaker magazine, the music video for the song was directed by Katherine Dieckmann and is an homage to Maya Deren's groundbreaking 1943 experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon.[1]

Track listing

  1. "Your Ghost"
  2. "The Key"
  3. "Uncle June and Aunt Kiyoti"
  4. "When the Levee Breaks"

Samples and covers

The song was sampled in DJ Scott Browns's gabber song "Ghosts".

The song was also sampled in μ-Ziq's song "Phiesope".

This song was re-recorded as "Your Ghost 2006" with 50 Foot Wave. This version is quite different from the original because of the use of a distorted guitar.

Greg Laswell issued a remake of "Your Ghost" on his October 2009 EP Covers, an album of five non-original songs covered by Laswell. Laswell's remake was featured in episode 6.05 of the TV series Grey's Anatomy and in episode 2.08 of the TV series Dollhouse.

This song was also covered by the band Black Lab and was the hidden track for their album Passion Leaves A Trace.

In 2013 "Your Ghost" was covered by IRA (Polish band) on their "X" album.


  1. 50 Most Important Independent Films, Filmmaker Magazine, Fall 1996, retrieved 2008-02-15

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