(Waiting For) The Ghost Train

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"(Waiting For) The Ghost Train"
The Ghost Train.jpg
Single by Madness
from the album Utter Madness
Released October 27, 1986
Recorded 1986
Length 3:45
Label Zarjazz
Songwriter(s) Graham McPherson
Madness singles chronology
"Sweetest Girl"
"(Waiting For) The Ghost Train"
"It Must Be Love"
Divine Madness track listing
"Uncle Sam"
"(Waiting For) The Ghost-Train"

"(Waiting For) The Ghost-Train" is a single by Madness. Released in 1986 shortly after the band announced it was to split, it was their last single prior to getting back together in 1992, it spent nine weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 18. The song first appeared on an album on the band's 1986's Utter Madness greatest hits compilation, issued one month after its single release.

The song was written by Suggs about apartheid in South Africa, with its chorus "It's black and white, don't try to hide it" and the line "The station master's writing with a piece of orange chalk, one hundred cancellations still no one wants to walk" (in reference to the South African flag). Mike Barson reunited with other members of the band to record this song, although he did not appear in the music video.

A Christmas flexi-disc record containing the 'band demo' of the song was sent out to Madness fan club (M.I.S.) members, featuring farewells and thanks from each member of the band (minus Barson).

Track listing[edit]

7": Virgin / JAZZ 9 (UK)[edit]

  • Side one
  1. "(Waiting For) The Ghost-Train" - 3:41
  • Side two
  1. "Maybe In Another Life" - 3:00

12": Virgin / JAZZ 9 12 (UK)[edit]

  • Side one
  1. "(Waiting For) The Ghost-Train" - 3:41
  2. "Maybe In Another Life" - 2:59
  • Side two
  1. "Seven Year Scratch" - 8:39

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 18 9


  1. ^ Madness at Official Charts Company Retrieved 21 June 2013

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