Ghost Town

Album: The Singles Collection (1981)
Charted: 1
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  • This town (town) is coming like a ghost town
    All the clubs have been closed down
    This place (town) is coming like a ghost town
    Bands won't play no more
    Too much fighting on the dance floor

    Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town?
    We danced and sang, and the music played in a de boomtown

    This town (town) is coming like a ghost town
    Why must the youth fight against themselves?
    Government leaving the youth on the shelf
    This place (town) is coming like a ghost town
    No job to be found in this country
    Can't go on no more
    The people getting angry

    This town is coming like a ghost town
    This town is coming like a ghost town
    This town is coming like a ghost town
    This town is coming like a ghost town Writer/s: Jerry Dammers
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 6

  • Sarah from UkThis is a protest song about the consequences of Thatchers Britain. Later when a black member of the Specials was attacked, it also became an anti racist anthem. The song is still relevant today in both respects
  • Thomas from Coventry, EnglandHave to say that while I'm too young to relate to the early 80s, the city is still quite empty, with LEVC being the largest employer other than the hospital I believe. The state of the town centre has only degraded, as now 'clubs' are just shisha bars full of 14-17 year olds. If it became a ghost town with everybody moving from the violence and lack of jobs, it's now a hideous Frankestein's monster of relics from a bygone age mixed with attempts at rejuvenation (masses of new houses).
  • Ross from Leicester, United KingdomI think it was a bit more confusing than that. The Specials set out to appeal to a skinhead audience, as they recognised that skinheads weren't necessarily racist, but that the National Front were having an influence on the scene. There were racist and anti-racist skinheads, and some of the racist skinheads were into ska! This was on top of a very violent live music scene which included fighting between different subcultures (punks,mods,skins,teds,metalheads,etc) as well as local rivalries. This effected a lot of gigs, not just the Specials - as the song says "too much fighting on the dancefloor"!
  • Richard from London, United KingdomI heard this song was about white racists adopting ska as part of their culture. This lead to fighting at gigs and clubs, and places being closed down and people not wanting to go out. I might be wrong.

    I also know John Collins who mixed and produced it. He told me he got a call out of the blue one day, he hadn't really done much work like this but took it on anyway. He said he didn't really fit in with the band. They were all smoking drugs and he wasn't into that. John went onto make the music for the 80's TV show 'Desmonds'. I've met quite a few people who have said this is their favourite ever record.
  • Kayla from N. Lauderdale, FlSeriously, my favorite ska song ever. I vibe to it when I can.
    Btw, this song is even featured in the movie "Garage Days."
  • Gary from Chester, EnglandThis song epitomises mine (and 1,000's others) youth. Remember the riots, even had few here !!
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