Woody Guthrie's song Tom Joad
Tom Joad got out of the old McAlester Pen
There he got his
After four long years on a man killing charge
Tom Joad come
a walking down the road, poor boy
Tom Joad come a walking down the
Tom Joad he met a truck driving man
There he caught him a
ride He said: "I just got loose from
McAlester's Pen On a charge
called Homicide, A charge called
That truck rolled
away in a cloud of dust,
Tommy turned his face toward home,
Preacher Casey and they had a little drink,
But they found that his
family they was gone,
He found that his family they was gone.
found his mother's old fashion shoe
Found his daddy's hat.
found little Muley and Muley said:
"They've been tractored out by the
They've been tractored out by the cats."
Tom Joad walked
down to the neighbors farm
Found his family.
They took Preacher
Casey and loaded in a car
And his mother said "We got to git away."
His mother said 'We got to get away."
Now the twelve of the
Joads made a mighty heavy load
But Grandpa Joad did cry.
up a handful of land in his hand
Said: "I'm stayin' with the farm till
Yes, I'm stayin' with my farm till I die."
They fed him
short ribs and coffee and soothing syrup
And Grandpa Joad did die.
They buried Grandpa Joad by the side of the road,
on the California side,
They buried Grandma on the California side.
They stood on a Mountain and they looked to the West And it
looked like the promised land. That bright green valley with a
river running through, There was work for every single hand, they
thought, There was work for every single hand.
The Joads rolled
away to Jungle Camp, There they cooked a stew.
And the hungry little
kids of the Jungle Camp Said: "We'd like to
have some too." Said:
"We'd like to have some too."
Now a Deputy Sheriff fired loose at
Shot a woman in the back.
Before he could take his aim again
Preacher Casey dropped him in his track.
Preacher Casey dropped
him in his track.
They handcuffed Casey and they took him to Jail
And then he got away.
And he met Tom Joad on the old river bridge,
And these few words he did say, poor boy,
These few words he did
"I preached for the Lord a mighty long time
about the rich and the poor.
Us workin' folks got to all get together,
Cause we ain't got a chance anymore.
We ain't got a chance
The Deputies come and Tom and Casey run
bridge where the water run down.
But the vigilante they hit Casey with
They laid Preacher Casey on the ground.
They laid Preacher
Casey on the ground.
Tom Joad he grabbed that Deputy's club
Hit him over the head.
Tom Joad took flight in the dark rainy
A Deputy and a Preacher lying dead, two men,
A Deputy and a
Preacher lying dead.
Tom run back where his mother was asleep
He woke her up out of bed.
Then he kissed goodbye to the mother
that he loved
Said what Preacher Casey said, Tom Joad,
what Preacher Casey said.
"Ever'body might be just one big soul
Well it looks that a way to me.
Everywhere that you look in the
day or night
That's where I'm gonna be, Ma,
That's where I'm gonna
Wherever little children are hungry and cry
people ain't free.
Wherever men are fightin' for their rights
That's where I'm gonna be, Ma.
That's where I'm a gonna be.