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The Nightwatchman

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Biography

Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Street Sweeper Social Club, is less known for his folk music, which he plays under the alias "The Nightwatchman" as well as Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman which he used on his second album The Fabled City. He has explained, "The Nightwatchman is my political folk alter ego. I've been writing these songs and playing them at open mic nights with friends for some time. This is the first time I've toured with it. When I play open mic nights, it's announced as The Nightwatchman. There will be kids there who are fans of my electric guitar playing, and you see them there scratching their heads.

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Top Songs

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    Battle hymns for the broken, battle hymns for the misled
    Battle hymns for the wretched, the forgotten and the dead
    Battle hymns of redemption of solidarity and pride
    Battle hymns we will be singing at the turning of the tide
    Can you explain to the mothers and the fathers of those
    Battle Hymns  -  121,044 plays
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    Well, I climbed the seven summits and I swam the seven seas
    But the road I must travel, it's end I cannot see
    Well, I fought in the jungles and I fought in the streets
    But the road I must travel, it's end I cannot see
    Now, once I had a reason, don't know what it could be
    The Road I Must Travel  -  135,750 plays
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    It started in basements
    And it started in sheds
    It started in backyards
    And was hidden under beds
    I turned on the TV
    California's Dark  -  95,996 plays
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    There's a man homeless and hungry
    There's a wind that's hard and biting
    There's a song in need of singing
    There's a fuse in need of light
    And it's no secret, the day is coming
    Let Freedom Ring  -  88,695 plays
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    On the side of the dirt road, an old Chevy wreck
    I climbed through the window, I sat in the back
    I gathered my thoughts with my head in my hands
    My next of kin, my list of demands
    I slipped from shadow to shadow
    The Garden Of Gethsemane  -  88,357 plays
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