The Ghost of Tom Joad

album by Bruce Springsteen

The Ghost of Tom Joad is the 11th studio album by Bruce Springsteen. It was released on 21 November through Columbia Records and went to number 11 in the United States, number 16 in the United Kingdom, number 30 in Scotland, number 1 in Italy and Denmark, number 17 in the Netherlands, number 47 in New Zealand and number 27 in Australia. It won a Grammy Award in 1997.

The Ghost of Tom Joad
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1995
RecordedMarch–September 1995
StudioThrill Hill Recording
ProducerBruce Springsteen, Chuck Plotkin
Bruce Springsteen chronology
Greatest Hits
The Ghost of Tom Joad
Blood Brothers
Singles from The Ghost of Tom Joad
  1. "The Ghost of Tom Joad"
    Released: November 21, 1995

Track listing


All songs are written by Bruce Springsteen.

No. Title Length
1. "The Ghost of Tom Joad"   4:23
2. "Straight Time"   3:25
3. "Highway 29"   3:39
4. "Youngstown"   3:52
5. "Sinaloa Cowboys"   3:51
6. "The Line"   5:14
7. "Balboa Park"   3:19
8. "Dry Lightning"   3:30
9. "The New Timer"   5:45
10. "Across the Border"   5:24
11. "Galveston Bay"   5:04
12. "My Best Was Never Good Enough"   2:00

Unreleased outtakes


Twelve of the 22 songs recorded during the album's sessions made the final cut while "Dead Man Walkin'" was released on the soundtrack for the movie Dead Man Walking and later on The Essential Bruce Springsteen and "Brothers Under the Bridge" was released on Tracks. "I'm Turning Into Elvis" and "It's the Little Things That Count" remain unreleased; however, they were performed live while "Idiot's Delight" and "I'm Not Sleeping" were also performed live and along with "1945" and "Cheap Motel" were co-written with Joe Grushecky, who recorded the four songs for his 1997 album Coming Home.[1]

  • "Cynthia"
  • "Tiger Rose"
  • "I'm Turning Into Elvis"
  • "It's the Little Things That Count"
  • "Idiot's Delight"
  • "I'm Not Sleeping"
  • "1945"
  • "Cheap Motel"


  1. "Brucebase - the Ghost of Tom Joad - Studio Sessions". Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2014-05-18.