Elvis Costello has teamed up with Mumford & Songs to cover Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost Of Tom Joad”. Scroll down to watch the video.
The cover was recorded for agit8, an “urgent call to action against extreme poverty” launched by Bono’s One Campaign in advance of the G8 Summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland next week.
Springsteen’s original “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” was the title track to his 11th studio album, which came out in 1995.
The Costello/Mumfords version slips in a few bars from “Do Re Mi”, a classic American folk song by Woody Guthrie. “We wouldn’t know what to say, so it’s quite helpful to have music that says things for you,” Marcus Mumford said, talking to Rolling Stone.
Other artists who’ve covered classic protest songs for the agit8 initiative include William, Ed Sheeran, Sting, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kid Rock. More information and videos of all the songs can be found at One.org/protestsongs.