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Brother Can You Spare A Dime lyrics

Song: Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
Lyrics: E. Yip Harburg(1)

Music: Jay Gorney(2)
Year: 1931
Genre: Musical Theatre (Broadway)
Country: USA


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They used to tell me I was building a dream, And so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, Or guns to bear, I was always there, Right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead.
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; Now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower up to the sun, brick and rivet and lime.
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that yankee doodle dum.
Half a million boots went sloggin' through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!
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Say don't you remember?
They called me Al. It was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember?
I'm your pal. Say buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that yankee doodle dum.
Half a million boots went sloggin' through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Oh, say don't you remember?
They called me Al. It was Al all the time.
Say, don't you remember?
I'm your pal. Buddy, can you spare a dime?


Notes:

1- E. Yip Harburg (1896 - 1981) biography from the Yip Harburg Foundation

2 - Jay Gorney biography from Wikipedia

3 - Who sang Brother Can You Spare A Dime? To answer this common question here are a few names: Charlie Palloy and His Orchestra, October 1932, on Crown Records 3392; Rudy Vallee and His Orchestra, October 27, 1932, Columbia Records 2725D; Chick Bullock and His Orchestra, November 11, 1932, Melotone record 12531, Oriole 2605, as Chick Bullock's Levee Loungers on Perfect records #15695 and Banner records 32617; Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, in the 1960's Peter, Paul and Mary and many other performers over the decades.