David Crowder’s I Know a Ghost (2018) is not about seeing, talking to and getting to know a ghost as we’ve come to know ghosts through old fashioned horror literature and movies. It’s not about creeps and spooks in the night who happen to be Casper.
But the ghost part refers to the Holy Ghost in Christian theology and experience. Jesus, who rose from the dead, and went back to heaven, has since revealed himself through the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit.
I don’t like calling the Holy Spirit the Holy Ghost because of the ghost word which has those negative connotations of haunted houses and spooks and scares. Yet what Crowder would be getting at is Jesus revealed through the Holy Spirit.
The lyrics delve deep into the Christian spiritual. Sometimes, Crowder’s vocals are infectious in coming out with lines of visceral power.
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He is here and I’m not scared.”
“Got you from east to west, Got you from scared to brave, Got you from broke to blessed, Come see the empty grave.”
“This is a Holy Ghost party song, Like when a prodigal come home, Like somethin’ been given that you couldn’t earn, Like being in Heaven when you shoulda burned.”
“I may be flesh and bone, but in my soul, I got the Holy Ghost.”
Maybe it doesn’t sound on paper as good as it does on the album. But as Crowder says on Night Like This, “We’re singing about life from the dead.” This folk imbued, country, Southern gospel album has got it where it counts. Life.