The Ghost of Tom Joad (Springsteen)

by by David Elias & XING - Free Download (16/44.1)

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Cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "The Ghost of Tom Joad". Recorded Live in the San Gregorio General Store in 2004 just a couple hours up Hwy 1 from Steinbeck's Cannery Roy in Monterey. Graphic background created from photo of Montara State Beach on the same Hwy 1 near Half Moon Bay, Calif.

YouTube Video: youtu.be/GkChOc1jWqo

Other albums by David Elias & XING (trio):
davidelias.bandcamp.com/album/acoustic-trio-dsd-sessions-mqa-master
davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/live-great-american-music-hall-sf-medley-mqa-master

David Elias YouTube Channel is at:
youtube.com/davideliasvideo

lyrics

Men walking 'long the railroad tracks
Going someplace, there's no going back
Highway patrol choppers coming up over the ridge
Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
Shelter line stretching 'round the corner
Welcome to the new world order
Families sleeping in the cars in the southwest
No home, no job, no peace, no rest

Well the highway is alive tonight
But nobody's kidding nobody about where it goes
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
Searching for the ghost of Tom Joad

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

Well the highway is alive tonight
Where it's headed everybody knows
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
Waiting on the ghost of Tom Joad

Now Tom said, "Mom, wherever there's a cop beating a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there's a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me, Mom, I'll be there
Wherever somebody's fighting for a place to stand
Or a decent job or a helping hand
Wherever somebody's struggling to be free
Look in their eyes, Ma, and you'll see me"

The highway is alive tonight
Where it's headed everybody knows
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
With the ghost of old Tom Joad

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Songwriters: Bruce Springsteen
The Ghost of Tom Joad lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

credits

released July 7, 2018
David Elias: acoustic, vocal, harmonica
Charlie Nazke: guitar
Chris Kee: upright bass

Recorded live in the San Gregorio General Store
Produced by David Elias
davidelias.com

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