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The Ghost Of Tom Joad Chords (ver 3) - Bruce Springsteen


 
The Ghost Of Tom Joad Chords
Song: The Ghost of Tom Joad
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: The Ghost of Tom Joad
Year: 1995

I've seen a few versions, but none have really had it written out the way in which it is played.  


Chord Variants Used:  
                     Am/G                C/B
    
                  E A D G B e         E A D G B E
                 -------------       -------------
                  3 x 2 2 1 0         x 2 2 0 1 0

**Capo 2nd fret**  (All chords relative to capo)

Intro(Studio Version): Am 
Intro W/Harmonica*: Am F C C/B Am G Am

*Some live versions and his recording for "The People Speak"

Am                     Am/G   Am
Man walkin' long the railroad tracks
C                                 G
Goin' some place there's no going back

Highway patrol choppers comin' up over the ridge
    Am                  Am/G      Am
Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
                        Am/G      Am
Shelter line stretchin' round the corner
C                        G
Welcome to the new world order

Families sleepin' in their cars in the Southwest
Am                Am/G     Am
No home no job no peace no rest

F
The highway is alive tonight
             C                    C/B      Am
But nobody's kiddin' nobody about where it goes
G
I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light
Am                Am/G         Am
Searchin' for the ghost of Tom Joad

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

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

Harmonica Break : F  C  C/B  Am  G  Am

Now Tom said: "Mom, wherever there's cop beatin' a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there's a fight gainst 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 helping 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

Outro: F C C/B Am G Am x2  
Last time: Am Am/G Am

 
 
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About the artist behind The Ghost Of Tom Joad Chords:

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered around his native New Jersey. His eloquence in expressing ordinary, everyday problems has earned him numerous awards, including eighteen Grammy Awards and an Academy Award, along with a notoriously dedicated and devoted global fan base. His most famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., epitomize his penchant for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily life. He has sold over 65 million albums in the U.S.[1]

Springsteen's lyrics often concern men and women struggling to make ends meet. He has gradually become identified with progressive politics. Springsteen is also noted for his support of various relief and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey and elsewhere, and for his response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, on which his album The Rising reflects.

Springsteen's recordings have tended to alternate between commercially accessible rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. Much of his iconic status stems from the concerts and marathon shows in which he and the E Street Band present intense ballads, rousing anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst which Springsteen intersperses long, whimsical or deeply emotional stories.

Springsteen has long had the nickname "The Boss", a term which he was initially reported to hate but now seems to have come to terms with, as he sometimes jokingly refers to himself as such on stage. The nickname originated when a young Springsteen, playing club gigs with a band in the 1960s, took on the task of collecting the band's nightly pay and distributing it amongst his bandmates.[2]

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