Rolling Stones say they were already working on eerie 'Ghost Town' coronavirus lyrics pre-lockdown

The Rolling Stones have released their first original track in eight years - and it's COVID-19 themed. 

According to The Guardian, frontman Mick Jagger insists the strangely prophetic lyrics to 'Living In A Ghost Town' - all about being locked up and alone - were already being worked on before the pandemic struck. 

Jagger told Zane Lowe the song is "about being in a place which was full of life, and then now bereft of life... full of plague terms", but admits the band chose to re-work the track to suit a coronavirus world. 

"I'm going nowhere/Shut up all alone/So much time to lose/Just staring at my phone," some of the lines read. 

"Life was so beautiful/Then we all got locked down... Please let this be over/Stuck in a world without end," is another refrain. 

Jagger says the Stones were recording new music pre-lockdown but decided they should revisit and release 'Living In A Ghost Town' while in isolation. 

"We thought it would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We've worked on it in isolation. And here it is," he told the Guardian. 

NME called the song a "rushed and half-baked comment on our current predicament" while Vulture said it landed "in the sweet spot between wistful boomer nostalgia and tacit acknowledgment that the sands of time have shifted".