Haunted Songs #Halloween #ghosts

Since we are only days away from Halloween, I wanted to do a post about songs that have the ability to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

I can’t wait to hear from each of you, about your favorite haunted song.

I think for most of us growing up in the seventies, we automatically think of Hotel California by the Eagles. “You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave…” The songwriters on this classic are Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey.

I have a couple of favorites that never fail to cause the hairs on my arms to stand on end. The first is a song by Guy Clark.

The Guitar was co-written by Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson.

“The guitar almost played itself and there was nothing I could do. It was gettin’ hard to tell just who was playing who…”

But it’s the last line that really gets to me. “There was something spooky in his voice, and something strange on his face, and when he shut the lid, I saw my name was on the case…”

Another one I love is The Lost Highway Saloon.

The lyrics say it best. “Many times I rode that highway looking for that place again. But there’s only hills and open fields and soon the highway ends…”

And when Brian Burns reads William B. Travis’ letter written at the Battle of the Alamo, I have chills from head to toe.

Now, it’s your turn!

What is your favorite haunted song that leaves you with goosebumps?

45 thoughts on “Haunted Songs #Halloween #ghosts

  1. The two that comes to mind is The Ride by David Allen Coe about Hank Williams being in the backseat of his car and The Haunted Woods that our aunt used to sing.

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    1. The Ride is definitely one, sister. I love the line where he gets out of the Cadillac and says thanks, then Hank says “Mister, you don’t have to call me Mister, the whole world calls me Hank…” And Aunt Evelyn’s song about the Haunted Woods was such a sad tale. I need to look for that recording we did of her. That’s something that doesn’t need to get lost. Thank you for your comment! Love you!

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  2. Haunted songs? Hmm, I never thought about it. I don’t know, to be honest, but I love Hotel California because I love California… hehe…. maybe that’s why it could even make a favorite haunted song. Although that makes me think of “California” which fulfills that connection even more.

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  3. That line from Hotel California always made me mad…lol. My go-to Halloween songs are still Monster Mash, anything from Nightmare Before Christmas, Timewarp, and Werewolves from Londin.

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  4. I’m aging myself here but the first “haunted” song that always comes to my mind this time of year is Shadows of the Night (Quentin’s Theme) from the daytime soap Dark Shadows. I even have the vinyl album. Off to go take a listen…

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  5. I’m still laughing at Joan’s comment. 🙂 One song that’s always haunted me is Only Time by Enya. Perhaps it’s because none of us really know how much time we have. I was just listening to Hotel California on my morning commute! It’s such a great song.

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  6. I suppose Hotel California and Thriller would top lists for most people. Mine, too. Another one that makes me think of Halloween is Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London. That is such a bizarre song!
    I liked Lost Highway Saloon 🙂

    Happy Halloween, Jan!

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  7. Hotel California is the one that comes to mind for me. I’d never heard the others you listed. I can think of a bunch about death, but that’s different.

    The name on the guitar case is chilling. Thanks, Jan.

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  8. I honestly haven’t thought about haunted songs, Jan. (I suddenly have a different perspective of Hotel California.)

    This isn’t haunted, but creepy. (I call it the stalker song.) “Every Breath YouTake” by The Police.

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    1. Lol, Joan. Yes, it does change the perspective. This is crazy, but I have heard of couples choosing “Every Breath You Take” as their wedding song, not realizing what the lyrics actually say. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

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