Music Video of the Day: Waiting For the Ghost Train by Madness (1986, directed by ????)


Who is waiting for the ghost train?

As with many of Madness’s songs, this one is open to multiple interpretations.  The song is about a group of people waiting for a train that seems to be destined never to actually come, which is a metaphor for life that would do Samuel Beckett proud.  Though the band was not often thought of as being a political band, Madness’s lead singer, Suggs, has said that the song was also meant to be a commentary on South African apartheid.  The reference to the station master writing out cancellations in orange chalk is also a reference to the colors of what was then South Africa’s flag.

Enjoy!

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Waiting For the Ghost Train by Madness (1986, directed by ????)

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