Rage Against The Machine - The Ghost Of Tom Joad Lyrics

Man walks along the railroad track
He's Goin' some place, 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!

And The highway is alive tonight
Nobody's foolin' nobody is 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 a 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
Lookin' for a pillow of solid rock
Bathin' in the cities' aqueducts

And The highway is alive tonight
Nobody's foolin' nobody is to where it goes
I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light
With the Ghost of old Tom Joad

Now Tom Said; "Ma, whenever ya see a cop beatin' a guy
Wherever a hungry new born baby cries
Whereever there's a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me ma'
I'll be there
Wherever somebodies stuglin' for a place to stand
For a decent job or a helpin' hand
Wherever somebody is strugglin' to be free
Look in their eyes ma,
You'll see me! [repeat 8 times]

And the highway is alive tonight
nobody's foolin' nobody is to where it goes
I'm sittin' down here in the campfire light
With the Ghost of Tom Joad.

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Rage Against The Machine The Ghost Of Tom Joad Comments
  1. Wayne


  2. Albert Vasu

    How come I have not heard of this before😕??? I'm so living under a rock
    Edit: I'm talking about the song not the band

    Rada 800

    You probably haven't heard they've released tour dates for 2020 as well.

    Albert Vasu

    @Rada 800 I'm talking bout this song bro ...i knw about the reunion tour

  3. Krusty Karl


  4. Giuseppe Turchetto

    Ma per favore...

  5. Ronnie Biggs

    What a load of bollocks

  6. Jaroslaw Stolarenko

    до слез!

  7. Gerry Jones

    Half asleep . . . But damn im head banging.

  8. André Tavares

    The lyrics on this song are so heavy excellent song bruce springsteen is a genius

  9. René Nani

    Pure life.

  10. Liviu Stefanache


  11. René Nani

    Solo una parola R. A. T. M. TUTTA LA VITA

  12. Robert Cubinelli


  13. bryanddd

    Love this video. The intensity in Zack's voice at the end is incredible.

  14. BlueMonk25

    The highway is alive tonight

  15. Jon De Campos

    this is a hidden jewel

  16. Andrew Jardine

    Omg this is still the shit 😍

  17. Elvin Nieves Tattoo

    i remmember the day i buy the vhs in sam goody 90" bonus cd this songs !

  18. Pieter Bester

    Best song ever


    Пролетарии всех стран соединяйтесь!

  20. duck my sick

    Better than flippen Audioslave ...

  21. Havendale Blvd

    Hasn't reached a million? What a you kids doing??

  22. AdrianoアドリアーノRodriguesロドリゲス

    Ged fabe joad and joad fabe Ged!!!

  23. FeeL GooD

    Epic × 1000000000000

  24. Tamara Beluišć

    Irwine Meadows, California 1997

  25. 【CANTARØS】

    Guitarra doble

  26. JPC

    Rage Against The Machine is one of my favourite bands ever

  27. Gustavo Silva

    Maior banda de Rap Metal do mundo!!! Letras pesadissimas

    Teno Vega

    No se discute!!!

  28. matias cares

    Muy buen tema

  29. Juan Abello

    Muy buen tema

  30. Joaquim Souza

    2018 !!!

  31. bnz012

    You will never feel the power of a song like this song.

  32. Felipe Mota

    Great Cover...

    I rather this version than original of Great Bruce Springsteen!

  33. Abraham Castillo

    Carlos Condit!!!

  34. Blade of grass

    Real rage for ya

  35. Zed Matey

    This cover, this song, this passion.. this was the first thing I ever saw of RATM back when I was 11 years old. It inspired me to look deeper in to RATM, and before you knew it I had bought a guitar and a tab book and learned how to play the guitar from Tom's chords. I love this band. They will always be my #1 because the passion they have is insane. Jumping around the stage like holy shit that is cool.

  36. Benjamin Sugars

    An amazing interpretation of this song that does justice to the original.

  37. Mr. Unknown

    Does anyone here (beyond me ;-;) think Zack's attractive, smart and cool guy and has awesome hair? ya know..

    Mr. Unknown

    Or am I weird?

  38. jjclaws

    When the bass starts rumbling at 4:22. Like the calm before the storm!

  39. Glen Doucette

    Reunite RATM The world needs your political message

  40. Anton Andersson

    Best cover made since All along the watchtowers.

  41. JTLegoFilms

    My favorite rage song

  42. renato sousa

    this might be the best live performance by any artist ever

  43. Nelson

    Sick lyrics

    Keith Lacey

    Soringsteen..Hes been writing sick lyrics for 50 years. Enjoy.

  44. Emmanuel Udoh

    Zach's intensity during "You''ll see me" (4:25) is a damn thing of beauty!!


    bad ass tune


    bad ass tune

  47. Rafael Augusto Neves

    come back Zac....

  48. Calum Craig

    What a fucking abomination of a version. I mean I don't particularly like Bruce but this is a terrible interpretation.

    Gerardo Spirito

    Calum Craig fuck u troll

  49. Industrias Fatmike


  50. Daniel Peers

    Even though it's a cover. This is my favourite Rage track. So Fucking heavy and full of groove

  51. FrxBass

    I'd like Trump to be elected only so Zach gets the fire to come back with RATM ahah


    Chuck D from Public Enemy and B Real from Cypress Hill are shitty rappers? Whatever dude.....

    Чёрный Снег

    I don't think anyone could replace RATM. This is one of those, like it or hate it, the one & only - an original. I also find sadly even the very best bands aren't as good when they do a comeback. Wish someone would catch the bug & be the same kind of entity though. Now is exactly the age to talk about it all. And music is something that gets into your blood. These days it's all electronic crap mostly though.


    @MaxwellMurder you may think they're shitty rappers but they're a big reason why Zack got into rapping, and all the band members say that public enemy and C.H were a huge inspiration behind ratm

    See? Those are your tears, man.

    They are back!

    Scott Smith

    FrxBass You’ve got your wish brother!

  52. JFrancisco Caballero

    One of the best cover ever made, awesome Rage Against The Machine !

  53. disagreeablesob

    Somebody play this for Hillary Clinton,to remind her who she's SUPPOSED to be speaking for,who she's SUPPOSED to be trying to make the world a better place for.Not the already-haves, but the have-nots and never-hads.

    x iLLzYaz x eLijAH

    wow, the best statement from the real American about their politician. 👏👏👏


    @x iLLzYaz x eLijAH I'm not American,but I have a lot of family in the U.S.,and as I live in Canada,anything that happens there is almost immediately felt over here.Any time an American politician or businessman comes up with a new way to screw over the working class and the poor,the politicians in Canada start getting ideas.For example,the U.S. has a two tiered health care system;the more money you have,the better the treatment you get.Canada is SUPPOSED to have a socialised health care system,meaning nobody is denied health care just because they don't have money,and being rich doesn't automatically put you at the front of the line for treatment.But periodically,some politician here will bring up the idea that it wouldn't be all that terrible if the health care system in Canada looked a little more like the health care system in the U.S.,even though the U.S. is the ONLY western nation that doesn't already have socialised medicine..

  54. JEAN- MARC

    De la bombe,j'adore le rythme ,j'adore RATM et j'espère qu'ils se reformeront un jour pour nous délivrer des morceaux comme celui-ci....

    Axel black

    Tiens ! Un francais qui a de bons goûts musicaux !


    Comment ne pas aimer.....Merci!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jacques Journet

    Absolument, ce serait un rêve ..!

  55. Nathan William Media

    Performances like this was why RATM were considered one of the most important bands in music, and a genre breaker.

  56. Tunnel Vision

    Even it is a cover, I love the way how Zack puts so much passion and emotion in his performance

    Zed Matey

    His passion this clip inspired me as a young man to learn guitar and now at the age of 28 I still consider them my favorite band of all time.

    Randy gonzales

    RaTm made it theirs man. when i listened to the original i was like, "nah this is RATM" !

  57. jalil1371

    Anyone else bang their head so hard to this?

    gabriel richard

    I bang my head to every song ;)

    Nicolas Brodmann

    amen my friend the energy is almost too much to handle.


    ahah even alone in my room, man this band.. lol

  58. jalil1371

    I fucking rage so hard to this song man

  59. Anthony Germain

    Je veux cette chanson pour mon enterrement!!!!!!!

  60. Chiara D'Amato

    l ultimo re si è unito a noi e conta oltre diecimila flagellanti. we are officially UNSTOPPABLE. it s laaaand........ no matter in what conditions.

  61. x iLLzYaz x eLijAH

    The Best Band In The Fucking Universe, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. ✊✊✊✊✊

  62. goblen1921

    this song makes me fucking cry everytime i listen to it

    Thormentor Cortes

    try to listen to the original version

    Doctor Cockter

    goblen1921 It makes me rage.

    Ring Neck

    Zacks passion is one of the most intense on this track

    His live performances are more raw than studio recordings

  63. brian rennie

    total shit

  64. Kenshin Hassan

    Look in their eyes MAo, Ho Chi Minh!!

  65. Stefan Mandić


  66. frans venrooy

    tragic story with sadly no end!

  67. Mamdooh Mohammed

    words fail me....never seen a band play with such passion.....way ahead of their time these guys....

  68. dziki0078

    Nie ma lepszej kapeli:)
    Zawsze grają z mocą aż się  włosy jeżą na rękach:D

    your_anger_is_a_gift s.

    Zgadzam się :)

  69. djentledavis

    imagine seeing this shit live

  70. Markc Ody

    Their debut is the only album I bought 4 times :) Have this gig on vhs and dvd...best band ever :) Tom Morello made me want to play guitar....heroes :)

  71. dav00ss

    Holy fucking shit...so awesome


    @***** word bruva

  72. paulo Vieira


  73. Bilal Malik

    A good cover and representation of Bruce's song. #takethepowerback

  74. LaserGadgets

    Kick me, but I like the Nickelback-version better xD


    +Chris W Love them all except for the last. Not Down anymore. Too experimental.

    Nicholas Yeo

    *kicking intensifies

    JFrancisco Caballero

    LaserGadgets I respect your opinion but I disagree with you man, 👍🏻

    Roberto Cruz-Segundo

    Blahahahahaha 😄

  75. Munendra Rana

    RAW EMOTION !! Love this!!

  76. Takrezz

    1:57 - 2:02
    This shows how masterful drummer Brad Wilk is. He can put shirt without losing a beat in a middle of a song!

    Lou Cobain

    @Daniel Hedger he was sarcastic lol

    Курлюк Эбатыр

    That was a one-move undressing shirt, like striptease performancers wear. ;)

    Nicolás Riveros

    @Daniel Hedger r/whoosh

    Francisco Diaz Ley

    Takrezz I Love YouTube comments because guys like you! Keep it real!

    Cesar Mella

    @Daniel Hedger hahahahahahah yeap

  77. Romeo Goerring

    The Ghost Of Tom Jones

    Pranksonline www.google.com/efesd.php pranksprankpranks

    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍fucking cancer

    Mohd Khairul


  78. ChristRegeneration

    Passion :)

  79. Yogablossom100

    LOVE RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE!  ROCK ON! You are incredibly unique and powerful!

  80. Romeo Goerring

    This deserves the award for "most unlike the original cover"

  81. Tyrone White

    Insane fucking group.

    Got fucked by the new PC crap.

  82. Elizabeth Toth

    Valoban ez 17-eves felvetel???Hihetetlen!!! GRATULALK,REMEK,nagyon UGYES!!!

  83. Cleber Barros

    Abaixo e totalmente contra a nova ordem mundial!! Que se dane toda essa merda!!!!!

  84. Lucas G.E.B

    Look for me mom i'll be there


    la rabbia perchè mi è morta una persona a me cara...rip. in pace Si.

  86. seekah1

    I like BS version but FUCK this is SUCH a good version...love it, Zach's delivery esp.

  87. jeremy chocholowski

    you'll see me

  88. Korn & Deftones Fans

    you'll see me 

  89. Sandra

    Nooo, not the New World Order...

    Isak Rousk

    Seriously doe whats this fascination with sweden??? I mean i know its the best country on earth but god (;


    @Fock CapitalismFascism  You just said it, its a fucking best country in the world man

    Isak Rousk

    I like you


    @Fock CapitalismFascism  lol, well thank you

    troy davey

    Yep probably shapeshifting illuminati too

  90. Stella Matutina

    Welcome to the New World Order...

  91. patsy pappa

    me too>>>

  92. metalgodkill

    the five pointed star(comunist and not only) stands for luciferianism.guess we are all a part of the show

    Isak Rousk

    Hahahah god is fake and its a zapatista star dummbass


    hail lucifer , comunist!

    Isak Rousk

    Hahahaha u illiterate fool


    get back to youre nord coreea my friend!

    Cristhian Pagani.

    @metalgodkill LONG LIVE LUCIFER 

  93. metalgodkill

    and there was music those days.......

  94. neilmac991

    how far can these guys go before these songs become ironic?

  95. Bobi Milanov


  96. Steel Fury

    These guys are fucking electric !!