Ghost Train
Madness Lyrics


A straw headed woman, and a barrel chested man,
A pocket full of posies with a hat brim full of sand,
Ooh - waiting for the train that never comes,

A dog chasing the tumbleweeds, across the sandy floor,
That drift along the platform, through the ticket office door,
Ooh - waiting for the train that never comes,
Ooh - waiting for the train that never comes,

But don't tell me there's nothing coming, you don't fool me,
I hear the ghost train rumbling along the tracks - set them free,
And I hear them,
It's black and white don't try to hide it,
It's black and white don't try to hide

The station master's writing with a piece of orange chalk,
A hundred cancellations, still no one wants to walk,
Keep the hungry children from the skeletons in the back,
Paid to keep an eye out for the gipsy caravan,
Ooh - waiting for the train that never comes,
Ooh - waiting for the train that never comes,

I hear the ghost train rumbling along the tracks - set them free,
And I hear them,
It's black and white don't try to hide it,
It's black and white don't try to hide,
It's black and white don't try to hide it,
It's black and white don't try to hide,
It's black and white (don't try),
It's black and white (don't try),
It's black and white don't try to hide it,
It's black and white don't try to hide,
And I hear them,
It's black and white don't try to hide it,
It's black and white don't try to hide...

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Kiwisark

Wish this one was on Spotify with the rest of the madness hits. This is such an underated classic!!

Colin Geddes

@Rebecca Davy really? Ive been a fan of madness all my life, and thats the 1st ive heard of that. I know the band had a 13 year sabbatical after this hit in 86, thanks for the info.👍

Wilf Marshall

It’s now on Spotify!!!!

Rebecca Davy

@PlanetBS! It's a song about South African segregation- apartheid in the 1980s.

Monsieur Barso

Finally arrived to Spotify!

Doogie13

@PlanetBS! No idea.

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Wilf Marshall

Such an underrated song. One of my favourites

Vajda Veronika

I love it when they sing "it's black and white". Such a catchy song.

Warren Chandler

Agreed, such an awesome line and as with most Madness songs, the harmonies are spot on.

Michael Galjaard

Exactly 👌 thats the best part its Black and white dont try to hide it dont try

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