The Ghost of Tom Joad (4:21)

Cover of The Essential Bruce Springsteen

From The Essential Bruce Springsteen and 37 other releases

Know something about this track?
Help build by adding it to the wiki for this track.


Everyone’s tags

More tags

Play with Spotify

Is this the wrong video for this track? Suggest a better video

Flag video

Albums featuring this track (38)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
Bruce Springsteen - The Wall 4:14 16,741
Bruce Springsteen - Hunter of Invisible Game 4:39 13,351
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone 6:08 799,462
Neil Young - Old Man 3:27 384,506
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Born in the U.S.A. 4:39 50,004
Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door 2:31 440,437

Listening Trend

81,214listeners all time
343,830scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • GhostFame

    Actually prefer the original to the RATM version, which is weird as i am a massive fan of RATM but Springsteen just owns this song and always will

    1 Apr 5:44pm Reply
  • saoirse14

    That guitar solo just went just a tad too far. I like Tom Morello and like the arrangement but what works on a solo live doesn't always work in the studio. I think it could have been reigned in just a touch.

    24 Mar 3:23am Reply
  • mudtoy

    great new version of an old fave

    21 Feb 10:34am Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    Close to a perfect song, Tom Morello adds alot! True music, there doesn't have to be someone singing every 10 seconds use your imagination and appreciate the melody!

    16 Feb 3:53pm Reply
  • TylerWard-

    With the High Hopes version, Springsteen and Morello tried to recapture the energy of their live performance of this song from 2009's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert, and they didn't quite pull it off. Even though it's a literal note-for-note studio transcription of that performance, the live emotion just doesn't carry over to the studio recording. That said, it's nice to hear the intricacies of both Springsteen and Morello's guitar work that can't be heard on the live recording, and it's still a great rendition of this song.

    2 Feb 2:44am Reply
  • usamike

    in the 2014 version if this song, there is at 5'30 some riffles of Audioslave song (Like a Stone)

    31 Jan 12:57pm Reply
  • tryagainguy


    25 Jan 7:18pm Reply
  • YSB

    The guitar-bit goes on way too long and isn't that interesting. Just self-indulgent noodling. Puke.

    16 Jan 11:15pm Reply
  • iamthestig01

    Original Best, Tom Morello brings some Awesome guitar work, Vocals work, If possible made a great song better ............. Love the Guitar at end of song !!!!

    14 Jan 2:42pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    Both versions kick ass. Cannot be compared in my opinion. They are completely different. I love both :)

    13 Jan 10:14pm Reply
  • imcitizeninsane

    New version is ok but original effort will not be beaten.

    13 Jan 8:49pm Reply

    AWESOME song

    11 Jan 8:40pm Reply
  • tomthe74

    Morello adds a whole new level to this song.

    10 Jan 5:33pm Reply
  • WLDB

    The High Hopes version is pretty cool.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • alainchaumont

    great song!!!!!!

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bufell

    Damn. Goosebumps.

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • saoirse14

    This song is basically perfect.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply

    Me likey!

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF


    1 Mar 2013 Reply

    One of the most versatile singers/songwriters of our time. His breadth, and stylistic range is incredible. Thanks BRUCE! (And the E Street Band). For all the great memories. This song is an incredible reminder of both his style range and writing skills...

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • All 68 shouts

Listening Now

Top Listeners