7 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost Of Tom Joad

  1. “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”

    Men walkin’ ‘long the railroad tracks
    Goin’ someplace there’s no goin’ back
    Highway patrol choppers comin’ up over the ridge

    Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
    Shelter line stretchin’ ’round the corner
    Welcome to the new world order
    Families sleepin’ in their cars in the Southwest
    No home no job no peace no rest

    The highway is alive tonight
    But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    Searchin’ for the ghost of Tom Joad

    He pulls a prayer book out of his sleeping bag
    Preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag
    Waitin’ for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
    In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass
    Got a one-way ticket to the promised land
    You got a hole in your belly and gun in your hand
    Sleeping on a pillow of solid rock
    Bathin’ in the city aqueduct

    The highway is alive tonight
    Where it’s headed everybody knows
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    Waitin’ on the ghost of Tom Joad

    Now Tom said “Mom, wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy
    Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
    Where there’s a fight ‘gainst the blood and hatred in the air
    Look for me Mom I’ll be there
    Wherever there’s somebody fightin’ for a place to stand
    Or decent job or a helpin’ hand
    Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free
    Look in their eyes Mom you’ll see me.”

    Well the highway is alive tonight
    But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes
    I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
    With the ghost of old Tom Joad

    1. Hey Angel. Thanks for putting up the words. These 70 year old ears don’t catch words as well as they once did. 😎

      1. Here’s a bit more about the version Henry/Admin posted:
        “Published on Jan 16, 2014
        Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (feat. Tom Morello) – 10th track of his new studio album “High Hopes” realesed January 14th, 2014 on Columbia Records.

        “The Ghost of Tom Joad” was the first single from the 1995 album of the same name and has been performed many times featuring Morello on guitar and trading vocals with Springsteen. The track had been covered by Morello’s former band Rage Against the Machine on a 1997 video, and later appeared on their album Renegades.”

    1. This is the version, with harmonica, that I remember. (Thanks again Henry/Admin. I was trying to think of a song, that hadn’t been posted, to post today. You NAILED it. 🙂 Had forgotten Tom Joad.)

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