The Newest Ghost Town

Story Behind The Song

True story of Rich Wooten's home town of Coulterville Illinois, written after the coal mine and printing plant both closed the same month.

Song Description

An ambient story of a amall town struggle.

Song Length 4:11 Genre Rock - Roots/Rock n' Roll, Country - Alternative
Tempo Medium Slow (91 - 110) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Poignant Subject Poverty, Philosophy
Similar Artists Bruce Springsteen, Wilco Language English
Era 2000 and later


Welcome to the newest ghost town, we've got the nicest one around. They're always springing up, or should I say goin' down? Welcome to the newest ghost town.

This place was full of promise, seems as if it were stuck in time, nothing like the television towns filled with hate and crime. Pretty girls, picket fences, riding around after the Friday night game, all this I wanted to see continue, but I had to watch it fade away.

They're always springing up, or should I say going down? Here's to the newest ghost town. Industries that fed generations here ran like rats on a sinking ship, politicians turned a deaf ear, left us with an empty pit. Welcome to the latest ghost town, some think its here to stay, I know its gonna come around, it doesn't always have to be this way.

Lyrics Rich Wooten Music Pierce Crask
Producer Falling Martins Publisher 2005 Fry Basket Songs ASCAP, 2005 Grand Cote Songs ASCAP
Performance Falling Martins

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