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I stayed at the Fairmont hotel in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, for a performance back in 2005. I quickly learned that there's a huge volume of folklore surrounding paranormal encounters in the area. (I've also been told that every Fairmont hotel in Canada has a ghost or two.) Some of these stories are about ghosts who died while locked in the jail, so they haunt the courthouse. Others involve romantic tragedies, like the bride whose fiance never returned from a trip out to sea, and she still waits for him by the shore. All this folklore was enough to spark a song idea, an idea which remained unfulfilled until 2007, after trying at least fifty different ways to approach the song.

Steve O'Connor plays accordian on the track, a part which really gives the recording a maritime feel. Listen carefully and you may hear the ghosts of several background singers at the end of the song...

Lyrics for "Me and the Ghosts of St. Andrews"
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