The Ghost Of Tom Joad

from by Paul Liddell



This track is taken from the album Paul Liddell & Delphians - LIVE. The album was recorded at a gig in a tiny room upstairs at The Grey Horse pub in Whitburn Village, Sunderland. There were only 80 people at the gig. I hope you're enjoying the intimate vibe of the album. Thanks!


A man walking down a railway track
He's going some place and there's no turning back
The highway patrol chopper coming up over the ridge
A man sleeps by a campfire under the bridge
The shelter line stretching around the corner
Welcome to the new world order
Families sleeping in their cars out in the South West
No job, no hope, no peace, no rest

**The highway is alive tonight
Nobody's fooling nobody as to where it goes
I'm sitting down here in the campfire light
With the ghost of old Tom Joad

He pulls a prayer book out of his sleeping bag
The preacher lighs up a butt and takes a drag
He's waiting for the time when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
In a cardboard box beneath the underpass
A one way ticket to the promised land
With a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand
Looking for a pillow of solid rock
Bathing in the city's aquaduct


Whenever you see a cop beating a guy
Whenever a hungry newborn baby cries
Wheber there's a fight against the burning hatred in the air
Look for me Ma, I'll be there
Whenever there's somebody struggling for a place to stand
For a decent job or a helping hand
Whenever there's somebody struggling to be free
Look in their eyes Ma, you'll see me


Bruce Spingsteen


from Paul Liddell & Delphians - LIVE, released November 5, 2012


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Paul Liddell Sunderland, UK

Paul's modern take on the 'one man band' using live loops, guitar percussion, harmonies and effects has seen him support artists such as Turin Brakes, Jon Gomm and Billy Bragg. A diverse and challenging writer with a unique voice, his live performances range from whispering intensity to a white knuckle, edge of your seat, ear splittingly glorious racket. ... more

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