A number of people and bloggers (I suppose that’s redundant but I’m not sure) have talked about their favorite Woody Guthrie songs. Well, I guess Tom Joad is one of my all-time favorites.
Woody wrote it after seeing the movie Grapes of Wrath. He said he wrote it for the people back home who couldn’t read the book and who couldn’t afford to see the movie. The great saga by John Steinback chronicles the story of people like Guthrie himself, the “Okies”, who were driven off their farms during the great Depression by the duststorms and by the banks. Forced to leave their homes, they made the long trek across the desert to California – where more hard times awaited them.
Economic cycles, like duststorms keep hitting us hard. And social injustice is still blowing around too. Click to hear the song/saga of Tom Joad performed by Bumbas in 2012 (actually just a few minutes ago).