Time for a brief musical interlude

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The Ghost of Tom Joad

Man walks along the railroad tracks
He’s goin’ someplace, and there’s no turnin’ back
The highway patrol chopper comin’ up over the ridge
Man sleeps by a campfire under the bridge
The shelter line stretchin’ around the corner
Welcome to the New World Order
Families sleepin’ in their cars out in the Southwest
No job, no home, no peace, no rest
No rest!

The highway is alive tonight
Nobody’s foolin’ nobody as to where it goes
I’m sitting down here in the campfire light
Searchin’ for the ghost of Tom Joad

He pulls his prayer book out of his sleepin’ bag
The Preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag
He’s waitin’ for the time when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass
With a one way ticket to the promised land
With a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand
Sleepin’ on a pillow of solid rock
Bathin’ in the city’s aquaduct

The highway is alive tonight
Nobody’s foolin’ nobody as to where it goes
I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
Waiting on the ghost of Tom Joad

Now Tom said, “Ma, wherever you seen a cop beatin’ a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Wherever there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me Ma, I’ll be there
Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ for a place to stand
For a decent job or a helpin’ hand
Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free
Look in their eyes, Ma, you’ll see me”
You’ll see me

The highway is alive tonight
Nobody’s foolin’ nobody as to where it goes
I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
With the ghost of Tom Joad

Those are lyrics from one of my favorite bands of all time, Rage Against the Machine.

Another of their songs exhort, “Your anger is a gift.” If you aren’t angry, you should be. Use that gift wisely.

VOTE!

  • Jordanmakow

    This song was written by Bruce Springsteen not Rage Against The Machine. Credit given where credit is due.

  • Jordanmakow

    I should add that I do enjoy your blog posts. Good advice and information.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

    You are 100% correct. Thanks for pointing that out. I own multiple versions by both Springsteen and Rage, so I do know better. I don't know what I was thinking.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

    Glad to hear it, and thanks for keeping me honest. :)

  • Jordanmakow

    This song was written by Bruce Springsteen not Rage Against The Machine. Credit given where credit is due.

  • Jordanmakow

    I should add that I do enjoy your blog posts. Good advice and information.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

    You are 100% correct. Thanks for pointing that out. I own multiple versions by both Springsteen and Rage, so I do know better. I don’t know what I was thinking.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

    Glad to hear it, and thanks for keeping me honest. :)