Joe Hill--Joan Baez
This is one of the great protest songs of all time, with applications to this day. How often have you been let down by an cause or a hero and thought "Man if only (fill in the blank) could come back from the dead and give these so and sos a talking to," That's what happens in this song.
There was a time back in the great folk era when everyone covered Joe Hill so it was hard choosing a version. I wanted to use Pete Seeger's because I always want Pete Seeger's version, but couldn't find a good recording on YouTube, so here is Joan Baez:
The Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen invokes the fictional hero of the novel "The Grapes of Wrath" as well as the film version starring Henry Fonda, and an earlier song by Woody Guthrie. Tom's ghost is restless is because he still sees people in want in present day America, just as they were in the 30's Dust Bowl of Steinbeck's novel.
Ghost Riders in the Sky-Johnny Cash
One night a cowboy meets a group of damned souls chasing the Devil's cattle, and gets a warning of his own fate. This is another song that a lot of people recorded, but you can't top Johnny Cash.
Corey's Coming- Harry Chapin
And now the song that prompted me to this whole mix tape. I have been personally haunted by "Corey's Coming" since I was a college student and heard Harry Chapin's "Road to Kingdom Come" album. Just who Corey is the listener has to decide for themselves:
And now that I've haunted you, I can't let Halloween go by without the most pure fun of all Halloween Songs:
Monster Mash--Bobby (Boris) Pickett Here he is performing it on a Halloween episode of American Bandstand.
Wishing everyone a happy Halloween and now head on over to Twisted Mix Tape and see what songs other folks are haunted by.