Song of the Day #1,079: ‘Ghost of a Chance’ – Ron Sexsmith

In 2008, Ron Sexsmith released Exit Strategy of the Soul, probably his most lovely album to date, sonically. The record opens with an instrumental track called ‘Spiritude,’ a beautiful piece on piano and strings that really sets the mood for the sublime set to come. The similar closing track, ‘Dawn Anna,’ is even prettier.

In between is Sexsmith’s most spiritual group of songs. Tracks such as ‘This Is How I Know,’ in which Sexsmith sings “out of nothing came the miracle that loved us into being” sent me searching to see if this guy is a Christian rocker in disguise. But I found an interview in which he says he’s spiritual but not religious, and feels that organized religion often does more harm than good. I can live with that.

‘Ghost of a Chance’ is a song that could be about the love of a woman (or man) or a higher being. It’s a gentle call to arms against the perils of a world that so often crushes the innocent.

With the graceful and grotesque the morning rings
Hear the garbage truck roll by
Hear the birds begin to sing their song of love and praise
And may their happy sound
Be strong enough to raise
Our spirits off the ground
Or love don’t stand a ghost of a chance

I’m on the trail of a storm and everywhere I look
Appear the ones that life has torn
Like pages of a book left to soldier on
No shoulder for to lean
I’d be lost without a song
But if your love wasn’t there for me
I just wouldn’t stand a ghost of a chance

From where I sit
There’s too many eyes crying tears
Too many lives living in fear
Wondering where their sweet dreams have all gone
Too many hands stirring the pot
In a land of haves and have-nots
All wondering why it’s all gone wrong

Now as the ballet and burlesque commence to play
Give to me the strength to act
And not look the other way, for there’s a war outside
Can’t take it lying down
Got to look it in the eye
We’ve got to stand our ground
Or love don’t stand the ghost of a chance
Love don’t stand a ghost of a chance


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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,079: ‘Ghost of a Chance’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana says:

    another nice one…How much more Sexsmith do we have to go?:)

  2. Clay says:

    Just one more weekend. :-)

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