THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

Live 19 Nov 2006 version


Bruce Springsteen:Yeah men walking 'long the railroad tracks
Going someplace and 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 their cars in the southwest
No home, no job, no peace, no rest

Bruce Springsteen: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

Frank Bruno: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 aqueduct

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

Bruce Springsteen: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
Frank Bruno:Where there's somebody fighting for a place to stand
Or a decent job or a helping hand
Wherever somebody's struggling to be free
Yeah look in their eyes, Mom, and you'll see me"

Springsteen and Bruno:Well the highway is alive tonight
But nobody's kidding nobody about where it goes
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
With the ghost of old Tom Joad

Springsteen and Bruno:Well 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

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 19 Nov 2006 performance of THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD at Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, during The Seeger Sessions Tour. The song was played in a revamped full-band arrangement as a duet with Frank Bruno.

Ticket stub for the 19 Nov 2006 show at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Ticket stub for the 19 Nov 2006 show at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
(Taken from Brucebase)

Official Release

The live 19 Nov 2006 version of THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD was exclusively released on the Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band PBS Exclusive EP in 2007. It was also included on a various artists charity album.

Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band -- Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band PBS Exclusive
Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band -- Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band PBS Exclusive

CD EP - Columbia (88697 11292 2) - USA, 2007

This US-only promotional EP was issued in Spring 2007 as a unique bonus item given exclusively to donors supporting the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programming with a minimum pledge of $90. The EP contains five live tracks recorded during the three-night stand in Dublin but left off the Live In Dublin album and home video releases. None of these five tracks has been officially available elsewhere.

01- BOBBY JEAN [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
02- THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
03- JOHNNY 99 [Live 18 Nov 2006 version]
04- FOR YOU [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
05- MY CITY OF RUINS [Live 17 Nov 2006 version]
Various artists -- Serve2
Various artists -- Serve2

CD - Hard Rock (no catalog number) - USA, 2007

Charity album sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe International to benefit the World Hunger Year (WHY) organization.

Available Versions

List of available versions of THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD on this website:

THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [1995 album version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [2006 studio version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [2009 (first) studio version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [2009 (second) studio version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [2014 album version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 28 Oct 1995 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 27 Nov 1995 (NBC Studios) version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 09 Dec 1995 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 20 Feb 1996 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 23 Feb 1996 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 19 Mar 1996 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 27 Apr 1996 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 26 Feb 1997 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 05 May 1997 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 22 Jan 1998 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 10 Dec 1998 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 19 Mar 1999 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 10 Mar 2000 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [26 Jun 2000 rehearsal version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 19 Feb 2002 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 16 Sep 2003 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 14 May 2005 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 07 Apr 2008 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 04 Oct 2008 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 05 Oct 2008 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 06 Oct 2008 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 15 Apr 2009 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 03 May 2009 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 07 May 2009 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 29 Oct 2009 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 15 Mar 2012 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 26 Apr 2012 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 11 Jul 2012 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 11 Feb 2014 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 16 Jul 2016 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Live 25 Aug 2016 version]
THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD [Rage Against The Machine's cover version]

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