“Ghost Town” by Benson Boone

Most simply explained, “Ghost Town” is akin to a breakup song. But that noted, it is far more complex than your typical teenage love fare.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Benson Boone's Ghost Town at Lyrics.org.

Usually in such cases, we are dealt with either a vocalist complaining about the addressee, or him taking the blame for being unprepared for a serious relationship. And whereas this case is more along the lines of the latter, as in Benson being able to admit that the less-than-ideal state of things is primarily his fault, ultimately it’s as if he is criticizing both himself and his sweetheart.

On the part of the addressee, he is presenting her as basically being too romantically passive for her own good. And as for himself, being allowed the opportunity to take over her being, Benson has now apparently depleted her emotionally to the point that now she doesn’t have ample energy left to truly ‘love herself’.

Or let’s say that ultimately, the idea being put forth is one of those kinds of situations that is too complex to be concisely put into words. But what it boils down to is the vocalist being compelled to call things off for the addressee’s own good. Interesting to note is that he does this even though it’s quite clear that she’s in love with him and obviously vice versa. 

In other words, for one reason or another he has come to realize that loving him is proving detrimental to her own personal development. So now in the aftermath he has likened her heart to “a ghost town”. This is a metaphor which most easily explained alludes to the notion of this romance having far exceeded its heyday.

Lyrics of Benson Boone's "Ghost Town"


All in all, the narrator truly cares about the addressee. However, he has come to the sad conclusion that ending their relationship would be helpful for his partner.

In describing this song, Benson said there are times when love can do more harm than good. He went on to say that sometimes parting ways with someone is the best way to show them that you care.

Facts about “Ghost Town”

On October 15 of 2021, American singer Benson Boone released the song, “Ghost Town” as his debut single.

Earlier that year, Benson quit the music reality show, “American Idol” to pay more attention to his music career. Soon after leaving the show, he signed a record deal with Warner Records which led to the release of the single, “Ghost Town”.

The song debuted at No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It went on to top the Norwegian charts and score a top-10 in Belgium.

Furthermore, in early 2022, “Ghost Town” enjoyed significant success on multiple music streaming platforms, including Spotify.

Benson shares writing credits for the song with three other songwriters, namely:

  • Tushar Apte
  • Nolan Sipe
  • JT Daly

The song was produced by co-writer Daly.

Ghost Town

5 Responses

  1. Sab says:

    This tear-jerking song is one that’s about realising how toxic a relationship has become and deciding to leave their partner. In the case of this song, “Ghost Town”, the toxic person is the one who’s causing the break-up.

    Filled with realisation amongst the heartache, Boone loves his partner deeply however acknowledges that being together is not what’s best for them. To avoid their heart being a “ghost town”, unable to love again, he takes the bold move of walking away. He even takes it a step further wanting to tear down everything they’ve built together so that the scars of their relationship don’t hurt them in the future.

    But are toxic relationships worth saving?

    It ultimately depends on what happens in the relationship – if the partner is abusive or addicted to substances and/or alcohol, or unable to cope with the reality of their fears which trickles down to manipulation.

    Everyone has their weaknesses but when we let them get the best of ourselves, it often does not do justice to us, let alone our relationships. However, if the toxic person can acknowledge their faults and make changes for the better, it could save the relationship and even make it stronger than before.

    With that said, if one is leaving a toxic relationship, they should not feel guilty if they’ve tried every means to assist their partners.

  2. Sandra says:

    I love this song! It is very good! I wish I could write songs as good as you!

  3. Ngb cash mummy says:

    It so nice. This person deserves an award. It even killing my soul

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