Like her 2006 hit "Before He Cheats," Carrie Underwood's newest single "Ghost Story" is a declarative revenge song that seeks retribution for a disgraced lover. But while revenge takes the form of outward, physical anger in "Before He Cheats," it manifests as spiritual vengeance in "Ghost Story" as Underwood warns, "I'll be haunting you, you'll be wanting me." The lead single from Underwood's forthcoming follow-up album to Cry Pretty (2018), "Ghost Story" is an otherworldly and bewitching ballad that takes revenge in a new direction.
"Instead of smashing headlights, this scorned lover is letting her ex know that she will continue to haunt him no matter how hard he tries to forget her," Underwood explained. "I have always loved performing songs that tell a story and inspire some kind of cinematic imagery when you hear them, and that is definitely true of 'Ghost Story.' It creates a mood and a vibe that is different than anything else I've recorded before."