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  • TOM JOAD
  • (Woody Guthrie)
  • Tom Joad got out of the old McAlester Pen
  • There he got his parole
  • 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 road
  • 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
  • Homicide."
  • That truck rolled away in a cloud of dust,
  • Tommy turned his face toward home,
  • He met 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.
  • He found his mother's old fashion shoe
  • Found his daddy's hat.
  • And he found little Muley and Muley said:
  • "They've been tractored out by the cats,
  • 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.
  • He picked up a handful of land in his hand
  • Said: "I'm stayin' with the farm till I die.
  • 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,
  • Buried Grandma 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 a man
  • 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 say.
  • "I preached for the Lord a mighty long time
  • Preached 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 anymore."
  • The Deputies come and Tom and Casey run
  • To the bridge where the water run down.
  • But the vigilante they hit Casey with a club,
  • 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 night
  • 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,
  • He said 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 be.
  • Wherever little children are hungry and cry
  • Wherever 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.
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