The Ghost of Tom Joad Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen

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publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Bruce Springsteen
album: Track 1 in album The Ghost of Tom Joad
release date: 1995-11-21
popularity : 28 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Acoustic/Folk Rock/Pop Rock
length: 4:24
vocal: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): United States
format: CD
barcode: 074646748428
script: Latin

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Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad cover art

Lyrics

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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

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Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • 2 Straight Time
  • 3 Highway 29
  • 4 Youngstown
  • 5 Sinaloa Cowboys
  • 6 The Line
  • 7 Balboa Park
  • 8 Dry Lightning
  • 9 The New Timer
  • 10 Across the Border
  • 11 Galveston Bay
  • 12 My Best Was Never Good Enough