The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Words & Music:

Bruce Springsteen



Men walkin' long the railroad tracks.

D                       Bm       A

Goin' someplace, there's no goin' back.


Highway patrol choppers comin' up over the ridge.

    Bm                 A         Bm

Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge.


Shelter line stretchin' round the corner.

D              Bm        A

Welcome to the new world order.


Families sleepin' in their cars in the Southwest.

   Bm               A         Bm

No home, no job, no peace, no rest.




The highway is alive tonight,

             D                    A        Bm

But nobody's kiddin' nobody about where it goes.


I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light,

Bm                A        Bm

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 a gun in your hand.

Sleeping on a pillow of solid rock, bathin' in the city aqueduct.




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 a decent job or a helpin' hand

Wherever somebody's strugglin' to be free

Look in their eyes Mom you'll see me."




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