The band teamed up with Costello to support a new anti-poverty initiative by Bono's One Campaign
The band’s Costello-accompanied 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’ is a folky protest song named after a character from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes Of Wrath. It served as the title track for The Boss’s 11th studio album, which came out in 1995.
The Mumfords/Costello 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.