We have seen many different covers of Springsteen's Steinbeckian classic "The Ghost of Tom Joad" over the years, from Tom Morello's wah-wah guitar-solo laden version to Nickelback's cringeworthy attempt. Here we find a pleasantly folksy rendition done by Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons, complete with trademark banjo and stand-up bass. Costello will go from working with Mumford to creating a highly anticipated album with unlikely collaborators The Roots. Unfortunately, the man playing that bass, Ted Dwane, was recently hospitalized due to a blood clot in his brain, forcing the band to postpone upcoming tour dates.
The song was recorded for agit8, part of Bono's anti-poverty One Campaign. To hear this and other "songs that changed the world," go to One.org/protestsongs.
Watch Mumford & Sons perform "White Blank Page" and more live at Music Hall of Williamsburg, exclusively on Baeblemusic.