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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Jack of All Trades,’ Featuring Tom Morello, Hits the Web

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You can fill more than a few lunch pails with Bruce Springsteen songs about the thoughts and struggles of the workingman. Make some room next to the thermos for ‘Jack of All Trades,’ a moving new ballad from his upcoming album that’s now being streamed on the Internet.

Built around a simple piano figure and a minimal drumbeat, ‘Jack of All Trades’ finds Springsteen singing in a mournful voice throughout, capping the verses — which reference household chores, financial inequality and other subjects — with the weary refrain “I’m a jack of all trades/we’ll be all right.”

The nearly six-minute song features an electric guitar solo from Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello. Springsteen fans will remember that Morello joined Springsteen and the E Street Band for a version of ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s anniversary celebration at New York’s Madison Square Garden in October 2009.

‘Jack of All Trades’ is the latest in the one-new-song-per-weekday online rollout of Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ album leading up to its March 6 release. There are seven songs to go, with the last one scheduled to be streamed March 2.

Listen to ‘Jack of All Trades’ by Bruce Springsteen

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