“Call Me Little Sunshine” by Ghost

On “Call Me Little Sunshine”, the singer portrays the role of Mephistopheles. Mephistopheles is generally understood as an incarnation of Satan (with the moniker “Little Sunshine” being a reference to such a being). 

And more specifically based on European folklore, Mephisto is a character who sold his soul to the devil and in the process became an agent of darkness. Likewise, all things considered, it can be said the vocalist is trying to tempt the addressee to the dark side.

Well, that is at least one credible way of interpreting the first verse leading into the chorus. The vocalist also presents himself as someone who is readily available to the addressee “in the middle of the night”. And listeners who are familiar with Luciferian doctrine get a glimpse that such may actually be what he is alluding to when, despite touting himself as some sort of a savior, the narrator also lets the addressee know that the onus is on him to save himself. 

Or said differently, it’s obvious that the lyrics have a spiritual quality. Yet at the same time what they are speaking to is a concept like humanism.

The Narrator is the Devil

Well regardless of how one may interpret the early goings, it doesn’t take long for the vocalist to reveal that he is in fact the devil. And whereas the second verse isn’t as generally understandable as the first, it is also apparent that his goal is to advertise his companionship as one in which, if accepted, the addressee will “never ever walk alone”. 

In other words, the narrator is advertising himself as a reliable friend. Furthermore, he is advertising the idea that his friendship is filled to the brim with other benefits. One such benefit is an ‘indefinite transformation’ for those who accept it, as put forth in the second verse.


The simplest way of describing this piece is as an enticement, if you will, for the listener him or herself to make a contract with the devil. Or viewed more practically, Ghost is a band that believes in and practices such a philosophy. And as with adherents of any religion, so to speak, part of their responsibility is to convince others to adopt a similar belief system.

Lyrics to Ghost's "Call Me Little Sunshine"

Cover Art

The cover art to this song was inspired by a famous photo of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). Aleister was a prominent early 20th century British occultist.

Call Me Little Sunshine

When was “Call Me Little Sunshine” released?

“Call Me Little Sunshine” was released via Loma Vista Records on 20 January 2022. It is the second single from “Impera”, the 2022 Ghost LP. The first single from this project is a song titled “Hunter’s Moon“.


Fat Max Gsus wrote this song alongside A Ghoul Writer. The latter is reportedly a pseudonym for Tobias Forge, the frontman of Ghoul. And the producer of the track is Klas Åhlund.

44 Responses

  1. Gilbert O'Sullivan says:

    The song is actually about Aleister Crowley (the English occultist) with “Little Sunshine” being one of the names he “humorously” called himself.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Typical example of why Ghost is so cringe… OLD TRICKS
    We get it, you think Metal and Satan go hand in hand. It’s not cool.

    • Anonymous says:

      its doom metal… Literally from the origin of metal the 70s

    • Anonymous says:

      Lol… You are so t–kheaded.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lots of people think it’s cool, myself included. If you dont like it, then just dont listen to their music? Not really an intense situation to the point you need to go on a website and hate on the songs. Maybe it’s time to start a new hobby

      • Chauncey Carlton III says:

        Sh-t yeah that Douche.? Or hating closed minded f—face… needs to get a hobby for sure, I like the music too and no matter what the song is about it has a pleasant sound and it’s fun to sing along to….

        I don’t think that means anyone is selling their freaking soul (and that’s saying that it could be a possibility ) or just enjoying some pleasant music. Play what you like as long as you’re not hurting anyone else. They can screw themselves!

    • Morax says:

      bro do u realize that they literally have a well built lore and reasons for WHY its about satan and stuff??? Its not just about the devil since its “the devils music”… And all the hidden meanings that you have to actually think about to realize its about satanic intentions is the exact opposite definition on Cliché or cringe. Get a grip man

    • Anonymous says:

      I bet you are a Christian or Catholic lol

    • Anonymous says:

      If you actually listened Tobias says it’s not the biblical devil. He is more agnostic and kind of asks the question if someone does good things in the name of satan does that make them bad? Or why does the name they do it in matter from one religion to the next.

    • Anonymous says:

      Damn dude, why Christians can’t have a banger song like this :sadface:

  3. Dusten says:

    I had assumed it was just in reference to the fact that Lucifer translates to the morning star or light bringer, and from our perspective stars are just little suns.

    • Aberran Fox says:

      And the Morning star is the smaller light before the Sunshine comes for real. Hence why it is called the Morning Star.

    • informed individual says:

      umm no..lucifer DIES NOT “translate” to morning star..
      that would be Jesus
      . read a bible

      • cat says:

        yeah it does. luci means light, fer means that which carries. literally light bringer. morning star is another meaning/translation of the latin word lucifer.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Thelema I’m sure loves this. All “followers of Satan” know satan doesn’t exist. Y’all thinking these guys don’t have the right purpose because it’s “metal”. I don’t find this to be metal. It’s for sure not death or doom metal. Listen to morbid angel and come back. This is some real talent. And whoever they are singing to I guarantee they appreciate it. 93 93/93

    • Benjamin Black C-137 says:

      “Satan doesn’t exist,” is equivalent to saying, “John Smith doesn’t exist.” There are soooooo many astral people who answer to that name, it’s not even remotely funny anymore.

      • Anonymous says:

        “Astral people” yea, mhm sure. Satan is as unreal as those “astral people”. There are no gods, there are no “astral enteties”. And your comparison is false. I bet there are a lot of people who are called “John Smith” right now, while Satan doesnt exist at all.

  5. Gahalia says:

    Not sure why but I get off work at midnight and everytime I start my car to go home right after I pull out of the parking lot this song plays. It never fails!

  6. Maegilthalion says:

    It’s amusing that after all these decades of rock, a simple demon ditty can stir up this much emotion.
    Kinda makes the band’s gimmick even better, knowing people still get all jacked up about satanism. Has anyone ever REALLY seen a satanist? Easter bunny? Santa?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think this is a song of support to his daughter.

  8. SB says:

    This excellent song has powerful alusions to the enticement and ultimate downfalls of drug addiction. The line “light up in the middle of the day…” Is pretty direct. There are clues in the video as well. I believe that Mephisto is the dealer, with Satan representing a powerful drug like opiates. Just a thought.

  9. DIABEL says:

    I don’t give a hoot about the lore or the possible answers/questions on the track. I just love well produced and amazingly talented musicians when I hear it ! I’ll let the rest of the comments procrastinate and argue but damn this is a well made song?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well made song, catchy hooks and simple. However, its simplicity grants the undeniable interpretation of Satan, Lucifer, liar, murderer, seducing listeners with promises similar to that of the Holy Spirit. Personally, the lyrics prevent me from enjoying the song as well as the music demands.

    • Frankie D. says:

      Sorry, who do you think has murdered more people, Satan or your supposedly all loving god?

      • Anonymous says:

        Satan lover?

      • Benjamin Black C-137 says:

        I’ve certainly questioned my supposedly all-loving God many times, especially fresh after dying. But gradually, you get desensitized to almost anything with exposure, even getting ripped out of your own body. Then, you have the luxury of judging the underlying motives. My supposed Deity seems somewhat convincingly sincere about having a bigger picture in mind when Shklee lets me hurt so much physically and emotionally. Meanwhile, most of the humans and fired angels who have personally performed the hits on me so far have had a very simple and straightforward motive: To be rid of me. I don’t understand why I am such a problem to them, but regardless, I’m afraid it’s more in my interests to stick with the Alpha Sidhe without fully understanding Shkler agenda than to team up with the sidhe who are unapologetically out to get me.

        I was also pretty devastated to hear that my own closest relative, who is now going by the name “Crowley” for some reason, spent our first timeline together participating in genocides behind my back. (I knew they were happening, obviously, but I tried to kill off the leaders responsible and obviously missed some! My last living friend a mass murderer?? That never crossed my mind the entire timeline!) I don’t understand how he could have ever agreed to anything like that. Our own people were targeted the worst–Nephilim and other Semitic groups like Jews and Arabs. It’s the kind of question I still lie awake at night wondering. What makes that creature I once called a brother tick? Is he acting on behalf of a fallen angel, even after groundhogging for three million timelines? Is he under mind control? Is he just a bad dude? I still don’t even understand why he wants me personally dead.

        • Anonymous says:

          wow! 2023 do I read thsi crap for real here ??? I seriously thought we are closer to “Live longer and Prosper” then this medieval mumbo jumbo gibberish.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I think regardless of what their intent is, there’s a different perspective for everyone. They’re a great band and there’s a message in this song that most of us can take away, given the life situation ur in. This is coming from someone who believes Satan is real but does Not follow him. It’s my 10 yr old favorite song as well. Y’all gotta stop getting so damn emotional

  12. Michael Scriptor says:

    I am a Christian (Roman Catholic) and I thoroughly enjoy Heavy Metal music. Back in the day, lots of people criticized Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne for creating devil music. None of it came even close to what the band Ghost is doing today. The Papa Emeritus costume is open mockery of the Roman Catholic / Eastern Orthodox churches.


    If a band were to make fun of Islam or Judaism, social media would be all over them. Ghost has continued their Christian mockery through the song Mary on a Cross. IMHO, this is taking it too far.

    Call Me Little Sunshine is clearly about a desperate woman who resorts to conjuring up Mephistopheles. Is the band Ghost devil worshipers or are they doing all of this for simple shock value? …..

  13. Duh! says:

    I think this interpretation is too literal and missing the ambiguity / deeper meaning -which is that its a song about addiction. Mephisto representing whatever substance being abused. Its always there tempting you like a devil.
    Call out in the middle of the night
    Light up in the middle of the day
    You will never walk alone

  14. cat says:

    I like reading many interpretations of Ghost songs for the very reason that there are supposed to be so many possible meanings. I think he writes his music this way intentionally, so you can make of it what you will. It makes you listen again and keep thinking about it, which is what makes it so fascinating. Plus it sounds awesome!

  15. Joe says:

    The guitar riff where he spins the staff is the best part of the music in this song…keeps me coming back every time…Tobias knows how to hook you into his music

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