THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD

Live 29 Oct 2009 version


[Spoken intro:] The roots of rock roll all the way back through Bob Dylan, through Hank Williams, through Pete Seeger, through Woody Guthrie, through Leadbelly, to the fathers of folk music and people who were engaged in and who wrote about what was going on in the world around them. All of us here tonight are fortunate to be in this room. If you pick up the newspapers you see millions of people out of work, you see a blood fire over decent healthcare for our citizens and you see people struggling to hold on to their homes. If Woody Guthries were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about; high times on Wall Street and hard times on Main Street. Now to join my two grate guitar players Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren, I wanna bring out one of the greatest guitar players in rock and roll and a great voice. From Rage Against The Machine and The Nightwatchman, Tom Morello. Come on out Tom.

Bruce Springsteen: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 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

Tom Morello:He pulls a prayer book out of his sleeping bag
Preacher lights up a butt and 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

Springsteen and Morello: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
Tom Morello:Hey!

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
Tom Morello:Wherever somebody's fighting for a place to stand
For a decent job or a helping hand
Wherever somebody's struggling to be free
Look in their eyes, Ma, you'll see me"
Yeah!

Springsteen and Morello: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
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
With the ghost of old Tom Joad
With the ghost of old Tom Joad

[Spoken outro:] Tom Morello! Tommy Morello!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Oct 2009 performance of THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during the first of the two Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25th anniversary concerts. The song was performed as a duet with Tom Morello in a full-band rock arrangement similar to the 2014 album version. This performance of THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD aired on HBO a month later and was officially released on The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts album and home video in 2010.

Ticket stub for the 29 Oct 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
Ticket stub for the 29 Oct 2009 show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

The Rock And Roll Of Fame celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert series over two days on 29 and 30 Oct 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. The celebration included a cast of music's biggest stars, including performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, U2, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Dion DiMucci, Metallica, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Fergie, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Ray Davies, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The first night's event was headlined by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and ran almost six hours. Springsteen and the band closed the night with a 17-song set that included special guests John Fogerty, Darlene Love, Tom Morello, Sam Moore, Jackson Browne, Peter Wolf, and Billy Joel. Bruce Springsteen and Roy Bittan also appeared on two songs the following night during U2's set.

First night set list (29 Oct 2009):

SongArtist(s)Broadcast and releases notes
WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN' GOING ONJerry Lee LewisNot broadcast and not released
WOODSTOCKCrosby, Stills & NashBroadcast and included on all releases
MARRAKECH EXPRESSCrosby, Stills & NashNot broadcast and not released
ALMOST CUT MY HAIRCrosby, Stills & NashBroadcast and included on all releases
LOVE HAS NO PRIDECrosby, Stills & Nash with Bonnie RaittBroadcast and included on all releases
MIDNIGHT RIDERCrosby, Stills & Nash with Bonnie RaittNot broadcast and not released
THE PRETENDERCrosby, Stills & Nash with Jackson BrowneBroadcast and included on all releases
MEXICOCrosby, Stills & Nash with James TaylorNot broadcast but included on all releases
LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITHCrosby, Stills & Nash with James TaylorBroadcast and included on all releases
ROCK AND ROLL WOMANCrosby, Stills & NashNot broadcast and not released
TEACH YOUR CHILDRENCrosby, Stills & Nash with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James TaylorNot broadcast but included on home video
DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOESPaul SimonNot broadcast and not released
ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARDPaul SimonNot broadcast but included on all releases
YOU CAN CALL ME ALPaul SimonBroadcast and included on all releases
THE WANDERERPaul Simon with Dion DiMucciBroadcast and included on all releases
HERE COMES THE SUNPaul Simon with David Crosby and Graham NashBroadcast and included on all releases
LATE IN THE EVENINGPaul SimonNot broadcast and not released
TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLDLittle Anthony and the ImperialsBroadcast and included on all releases
THE SOUNDS OF SILENCESimon & GarfunkelBroadcast and included on all releases
MRS. ROBINSON / NOT FADE AWAYSimon & GarfunkelNot broadcast but included on all releases
THE BOXERSimon & GarfunkelBroadcast and included on all releases
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERSimon & GarfunkelBroadcast and included on all releases
CECILIASimon & GarfunkelNot broadcast and not released
BLOWIN' IN THE WINDStevie WonderNot broadcast and not released
UPTIGHT (EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT)Stevie WonderNot broadcast but included on home video
I WAS MADE TO LOVE YOUStevie WonderNot broadcast but included on home video
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFEStevie WonderBroadcast and included on all releases
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED I'M YOURSStevie WonderNot broadcast but included on all releases
BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMANStevie WonderNot broadcast and not released
THE TRACKS OF MY TEARSStevie Wonder with Smokey RobinsonBroadcast and included on all releases
MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY)Stevie Wonder with John LegendNot broadcast but included on all releases
THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEELStevie Wonder with John LegendBroadcast and included on all releases
THE THRILL IS GONEStevie Wonder with B.B. KingBroadcast and included on all releases
LIVING FOR THE CITYStevie WonderNot broadcast and not released
HIGHER GROUND / ROXANNEStevie Wonder with StingBroadcast and included on all releases
SUPERSTITIONStevie Wonder with Jeff BeckBroadcast and included on all releases
TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUTBruce Springsteen & The E Street BandNot broadcast and not released
HOLD ON I'M COMIN'Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Sam MooreBroadcast and included on home video
SOUL MANBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Sam MooreBroadcast and included on home video
THE GHOST OF TOM JOADBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Tom MorelloBroadcast and included on all releases
FORTUNATE SONBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with John FogertyBroadcast and included on all releases
PROUD MARYBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with John FogertyNot broadcast and not released
OH, PRETTY WOMANBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with John FogertyBroadcast and included on all releases
JUNGLELANDBruce Springsteen & The E Street BandBroadcast and included on all releases
A FINE, FINE BOYBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Darlene LoveBroadcast and included on all releases
DA DOO RON RONBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Darlene LoveNot broadcast and not released
LONDON CALLINGBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Tom MorelloNot broadcast but included on all releases
BADLANDSBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Tom MorelloNot broadcast and not released
YOU MAY BE RIGHTBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Billy JoelNot broadcast and not released
ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNGBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Billy JoelNot broadcast and not released
NEW YORK STATE OF MINDBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Billy JoelBroadcast and included on all releases
BORN TO RUNBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Billy JoelBroadcast and included on all releases
(YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHERBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Darlene Love, John Fogerty, Tom Morello, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, and Peter WolfBroadcast and included on all releases

Second night set list (30 Oct 2009):

SongArtist(s)Broadcast and releases notes
GREAT BALLS OF FIREJerry Lee LewisBroadcast and included on all releases
BABY, I LOVE YOUAretha FranklinBroadcast and included on home video
DON'T PLAY THAT SONGAretha FranklinBroadcast and included on home video
MAKE THEM HEAR YOUAretha FranklinNot broadcast and not released
CHAIN OF FOOLSAretha Franklin with Annie LennoxBroadcast and included on home video
NEW YORK, NEW YORKAretha FranklinNot broadcast and not released
THINKAretha Franklin with Lenny KravitzNot broadcast and not released
RESPECTAretha FranklinNot broadcast and not released
DROWN IN MY OWN TEARSJeff BeckNot broadcast and not released
PEOPLE GET READYJeff Beck with StingBroadcast and included on all releases
FREEWAY JAMJeff BeckNot broadcast but included on home video
CAUSE WE'VE ENDED AS LOVERSJeff BeckNot broadcast and not released
LET ME LOVE YOU BABYJeff Beck with Buddy GuyBroadcast and included on all releases
BIG CLOCKJeff BeckNot broadcast but included on home video
RICE PUDDINGJeff BeckNot broadcast but included on audio album
ROUGH BOYJeff Beck with Billy GibbonsNot broadcast and not released
FOXY LADYJeff Beck with Billy GibbonsBroadcast and included on all releases
A DAY IN THE LIFEJeff BeckBroadcast and included on all releases
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLSMetallicaBroadcast and included on all releases
ONEMetallicaNot broadcast and not released
TURN THE PAGEMetallicaNot broadcast but included on all releases
SWEET JANEMetallica with Lou ReedBroadcast and included on all releases
WHITE LIGHT / WHITE HEATMetallica with Lou ReedNot broadcast and not released
IRON MANMetallica with Ozzy OsbourneBroadcast and included on all releases
PARANOIDMetallica with Ozzy OsbourneBroadcast and included on all releases
YOU REALLY GOT MEMetallica with Ray DaviesNot broadcast and not released
ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHTMetallica with Ray DaviesBroadcast and included on all releases
STONE COLD CRAZYMetallicaNot broadcast and not released
ENTER SANDMANMetallicaBroadcast and included on all releases
VERTIGOU2Broadcast and included on all releases
MAGNIFICENTU2Broadcast and included on all releases
BECAUSE THE NIGHTU2 with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, and Roy BittanBroadcast and included on all releases
I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FORU2 with Bruce Springsteen and Roy BittanBroadcast and included on all releases
MYSTERIOUS WAYSU2Not broadcast but included on all releases
WHERE IS THE LOVE / ONEU2 with The Black Eyed PeasNot broadcast but included on all releases
GIMME SHELTERU2 with Mick Jagger, Fergie, and will.i.amBroadcast and included on all releases
STUCK IN A MOMENT YOU CAN'T GET OUT OFU2 with Mick JaggerBroadcast and included on all releases
BEAUTIFUL DAYU2Broadcast and included on all releases

The concerts originally aired on HBO on 28 Nov 2009 in a four-hour edited form consisting of 49 performances. The HBO broadcast was released in the U.S. only on The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts, both the home video (released on 28 Sep 2010) and the audio album (released on 02 Nov 2010).

The home video consists of the complete HBO broadcast plus 14 additional performances (54 in all) while. It was released on both DVD and Blu-ray formats (three and two discs respectively). The DVD set was readily available at retail stores but the Blu-ray set was available exclusively at Best Buy for the first 30 days. It was generally released on 02 Nov 2010.

The audio album contains 44 performances from the HBO broadcast plus 10 additional performances (55 in all). The performances on the 4-disc audio album were also simultaneously released on 02 Nov 2010 on two separate 2-disc sets, The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 1 (containing performances from the first night) and The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 2 (containing performances from the first night). While discs 3 and 4 on The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts 4-disc set contain the same tracks as on The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 2, discs 1 and 2 contain six performances not available on The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 1. These bonus performances are: MEXICO [Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor], ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD [Paul Simon], MRS. ROBINSON / NOT FADE AWAY [Simon & Garfunkel], SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED I'M YOURS [Stevie Wonder], MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) [Stevie Wonder with John Legend], and LONDON CALLING [Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Tom Morello].

Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts

3xDVD - Time Life (25794-X) - USA, 2010
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts

2xBD - Time Life (25824-X) - USA, 2010
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts

4xCD - Time Life (25805-D) - USA, 2010
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 1
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 1

2xCD - Time Life (25806-D) - USA, 2010
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 2
Various artists -- The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts Night 2

2xCD - Time Life (25807-D) - USA, 2010

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 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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