Mark Seymour – The Ghost of Vain Glory

The Ghost of Vainglory (cover)

The Ghost of Vainglory (cover)

 

The Single

Released In: [Australia / NZ].

Release Date: October 1997.

Australian Chart Position: #152 (ARIA) / [Did Not Enter] (AMR).

Single Availability: Moderately rare.

Value: A$4-A$16.

Mark Seymour’s second solo single off King Without A Clue. Single includes a single version of The Ghost Of Vainglory as well as the b-side only songs The Big One and Angel Of Wasted Time.

 

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Studio [1]  4:47 Mark Seymour King Without A Clue album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [1] 4:47 Mark Seymour The Ghost Of Vainglory single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Studio [2] Single Edit 3:36 Mark Seymour The Ghost Of Vainglory single. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live Acoustic [1] 4:33 Mark Seymour bonus disc version of King Without A Clue album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Live Acoustic [2] 4:57 Mark Seymour Live At The Basement video. Moderately rare. Not available new.
Live 5:02 Mark Seymour From Bondi to Bedlam album and video. Moderately common. Available new in CD, DVD and digital form.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Mark had mentioned that this is about a lovely he girl he met leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the morning – and ended up marrying!

 

Lyrics

Such fame and riches she’s got in spades
She’s like no other behind the shades
Her bloodshot eyes in the midday sun
All the savage doses of mindless fun

Legions gather as her command
She speaks a language they can understand
Her soft caresses she plays her game
As she undresses it begins to rain
She picks her main like he’s a flower
She’s raining kisses down like a summer shower

She’s making love to the ghost of vainglory

Lets keep is simple I said
But I was blind
To the kind of love she had on her mind
Inside the mirror superheroes live
So many secrets but not a lot to give
Only for the desperate she cuts the cake
So little time so much love to make

She’s in love with the ghost of vainglory

Tall poppies well tumble underneath the blade
Where true love is made
That’s when she fumbles and falls
The passion stings but she’s given everything

Tossed on a storm like a ship at sea
For years she drifted ’til she came to me
Her eyes were dreaming she was looking for
The simple magic she knew before

She fell in love with the ghost of vainglory.

 

[Mark Seymour / Barry Palmer]