The Paul McCartney Project

Crises - Ghosts of the Past Left Behind

Written by Paul McCartneyCarl Davis

Album This song officially appears on the Liverpool Oratorio Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1991

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Song facts

Ghosts of the Past Left Behind” is the tenth track of the seventh movement – entitled “Crises” – of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, released in 1991.

VII: CRISES. Mary Dee sings to the child inside of her, fretting for it’s future, Shanty arrives home slightly drunk, short-tempered and demanding dinner. They row over money and Shanty’s feelings of inadequacy. Shanty wounds her by doubting her love and Mary Dee storms out – telling him, as she goes, that she is pregnant. In her blind anger and her hurt, she runs in front of a car and is knocked down. In hospital, a nurse wills her to live as – in delirium – Mary Dee sees the ghosts again. She fights to cling on to the life of her baby as the ghosts try to steal it from her. At her bed, Shanty prays, promising to reform if only Mary Dee and the baby are saved.

“Liverpool Oratorio” liner notes

Last updated on July 11, 2019


Ghosts of the past left behind

[MEN'S Chorus (ghosts)]
You're sleeping
Amongst us
We're in your dream

You're dreaming. try to rest, my child

[MEN'S Chorus (ghosts)]
You called us
We heard you
And we are here

To save your child you must be still

[MEN'S Chorus (ghosts)]
We're ready to listen
To what you ask

Go to sleep

[WOMEN'S Chorus (ghosts)]
You're crossing
The water
The tide is strong


[WOMEN'S Chorus (ghosts)]
Your child is drawn to us
Into our throng


[FULL Chorus (ghosts)]
This child is
Most welcome
Soon one of us

No, I tell you!
You'll never get through
I'll never let you
No-one is stealing this child
I'm not afraid of Ghosts that the past left behind

Let her recover
Then let me love her
Until we run out of time
And in the future
I will promise to be the man
She had in mind

Be still
Be calm
Your child is safe

Officially appears on

Liverpool Oratorio

Official album • Released in 1991

3:08 • LiveL1

Concert From the concert in Liverpool, United Kingdom on Jun 28, 1991

Live performances

“Crises - Ghosts of the Past Left Behind” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Crises - Ghosts of the Past Left Behind” has been played


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