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Ghost Town - Extended Version ● The Specials

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Ghost Town - Extended Version by The Specials is in the key of B Flat. It should be played at a tempo of 74 BPM. This track was released on 2008-03-31.

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Song Meanings and Facts

Song Meanings and Facts

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“Ghost Town” by The Specials

by Amanda London · Published October 2, 2020 · Updated October 2, 2020

“Ghost Town” is focused on the unstable status of Britain’s economy, particularly in 1981, the period in which it was written. The main issues it addresses are economic instability, unemployment and violence.

According to the singers, the said town which was previously noted for its industrial activities is being abandoned as majority of its people relocated to other places in search of employment. In the first seven lines, the narrator recalls how the town was initially filled with joy and people entertained themselves with music and dance. In doing so, he juxtaposes it to the current situation of the town which is dry, unprofitable and unstable. As a result, most of the businesses, particularly clubs and places of entertainment had been shut down.

The song further discusses the racial violence that was prevalent at the time especially among the youth. It also recalls how there were several protests and riots against Margaret Thatcher’s government due to the high unemployment rates.

Jerry Dammer talks about the Inspiration behind “Ghost Town”

Jerry Dammers, speaking about the song, mentioned to  Radio X  that it was inspired by the frustration, tension and anger felt by people living in Britain at the time. And these were brought on by the negative effects of Margaret Thatcher’s government policies.

“Ghost Town” Facts

  • Primary Artist(s): The Specials
  • Writing : Jerry Dammers
  • Production : John Collins
  • Year of Release : 1981
  • Album/EP: “Ghost Town”

Purely a reggae song. Also considered to belong to the two-tone genre that originated from Britain.

Chart Performance

Atop Britain’s official singles chart it remained for 3 weeks until Shakin’ Stevens’ “ Green Door ” overthrew it.

Some notable singers that have produced different versions of the song include:

  • The Prodigy (2002)
  • Sammy Buzz (2012)
  • Melody Maker ‘s “Single of the Year” (1981)
  • Named “Single of the Year” in 1981 by Sounds Magazine

Was “Ghost Town” a single?

Indeed. The song was recorded and released before the breakup of the group. It is one of the singles from the band’s album which had the same name.

Other singles from the aforementioned album include the following:

  • “Friday Night, Saturday Morning”

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Track: electric bass (finger) revised on: 1/31/2021.

The Meaning Behind The Song: Ghost Town by The Specials

As a musician, I have always found solace and inspiration in the music of The Specials. Their unique blend of ska, reggae, and punk has always captivated me, and one of their songs that truly stands out is “Ghost Town.” I remember stumbling upon this song at a friend’s house, and from the first few notes, I was hooked.

“Ghost Town,” released in 1981, was the second UK number one for The Specials. It also marked the end of their original lineup before they split into two. The song was a reflection of the major problems Britain was facing at the time, addressing issues such as urban decay, deindustrialization, unemployment, and violence in inner cities.

Coventry, the hometown of The Specials, was often thought to be the “ghost town” that the song referred to. However, in a 2009 interview with DJ Nihal Arthanayake on BBC Radio Five Live, band member Terry Hall revealed that the song was actually about the north of Britain, specifically Glasgow, Liverpool, and Newcastle.

When I listen to the lyrics of “Ghost Town,” I can’t help but feel the weight of the social and political climate of the time. The opening lines, “This town is coming like a ghost town, all the clubs have been closed down,” paint a vivid picture of a once vibrant and thriving city now abandoned and desolate. The frustration and anger are palpable in lines like “Why must the youth fight against themselves? Government leaving the youth on the shelf.”

The song’s bridge takes us on a trip down memory lane as it asks, “Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town?” It serves as a reminder of how things have changed and how the sense of community and joy that once existed has been lost.

Musically, “Ghost Town” is a masterclass in blending different genres. The ska and reggae influences are evident, creating a captivating and infectious rhythm. The use of brass instruments adds depth and power to the song, while the haunting melody and sparse instrumentation leave a haunting impression.

Listening to “Ghost Town” today, it still feels relevant and poignant. It serves as a reminder that social issues are not confined to a specific time or place, but rather something that societies continuously grapple with. The lyrics, combined with the powerful musical arrangement, make “Ghost Town” a timeless piece of art that continues to resonate with listeners.

In conclusion, “Ghost Town” by The Specials is more than just a song. It is an anthem for the disenchanted, a reflection of social and political issues, and a testament to the power of music to convey messages that transcend time and place. As a musician, I am grateful for songs like “Ghost Town” that inspire and provoke thought, and I hope it continues to do so for generations to come.

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Ghost Town - Acapella & Instrumental

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    The Specials - Ghost Town - 2015 Remaster 74 bpm • C min • 06:00 • 4/4 Dave & Ansell Collins - Double Barrel 74 bpm • F Maj • 02:50 • 4/4 The Selecter - Too Much Pressure 74 bpm • A Maj • 03:51 • 4/4 Desmond Dekker & The Aces - It Mek 75 bpm • G# Maj • 02:32 • 4/4 Ken Boothe - Everything I Own (7'' Mix) 77 bpm • F Maj • 03:44 • 4/4

  3. BPM and key for Ghost Town

    Ghost Town - Extended Version is a very happy song by The Specials with a tempo of 74 BPM. It can also be used double-time at 148 BPM. The track runs 5 minutes and 59 seconds long with a A♯/B♭ key and a minor mode. It has average energy and is very danceable with a time signature of 4 beats per bar.

  4. BPM and key for Ghost Town (Re-Recorded) by The Specials

    Ghost Town (Re-Recorded) is a positive song by The Specials with a tempo of 148 BPM. It can also be used half-time at 74 BPM or double-time at 296 BPM. The track runs 3 minutes and 20 seconds long with a G♯/A♭ key and a major mode. It has high energy and is very danceable with a time signature of 4 beats per bar.

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    The main issues it addresses are economic instability, unemployment and violence. You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for The Specials's Ghost Town at Lyrics.org. According to the singers, the said town which was previously noted for its industrial activities is being abandoned as majority of its people relocated to ...

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  22. Ghost Town (Acapella & Instrumental)

    The Specials Key B♭ Minor Tempo 74 bpm Camelot 3A The acapella and instrumental for Ghost Town is in the key of B♭ Minor, has a tempo of 74 bpm, and is 3 minutes and 39 seconds long. This production is musically considered energetic. The vocals and instrumental were recorded by The Specials, and released 23 years ago on Monday 21st of August 2000.