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Genie Songs about ghosts (54* d) Songs about ghosts -Ghost of Tom Joad 03 Nov 14


"The Ghost Of Tom Joad" (Bruce Springsteen) is track #10 on the album High Hopes.

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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