Front Row Seat is a concept record about Josh Abbot's failed marriage. The album is divided into five acts, with each act having three songs. This track is from the pained fourth act, which details the dissolution of the relationship.
As he was recording "Ghosts," Abbott couldn't hold it in any longer. "When you're in that moment and you're reliving the emotions of why you wrote a song, it can be real for you again," he admitted to Rolling Stone. "I just broke down, there's really no other way to put it. I just started crying and by the third chorus I could barely sing. The producer was just like, 'That's the take. You're gonna want to change it, but don't. Live with that because people are going to hear that and feel it.'"