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"(Waiting For) The Ghost Train"
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Song by Madness
from the album Utter Madness (compilation album)
ReleasedOctober 27, 1986
Songwriter(s)Graham McPherson
Producer(s)Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
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"(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. Although not on a studio album, it was on the band's second singles compilation album, "Utter Madness".

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[]

  • 7" single
  1. "(Waiting For) The Ghost-Train" - 3:45
  2. "Maybe In Another Life" - 3:00
  • 12" single
  1. "(Waiting For) The Ghost-Train" - 3:45
  2. "Maybe In Another Life" - 3:00
  3. "Seven Year Scratch" - 8:39

Chart performance[]

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


  1. Madness at Official Charts Company Retrieved 21 June 2013

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