Brother, Can You Spare a Dime

It’s funny how you find things just when you need them but weren’t really looking for them. I just helped out a friend who needed some help and then I went into an old blog of mine and found this. I had not been in that particular blog for over six years yet today of all days I go into it… Kinda Spooky…

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,”

lyrics by Yip Harburg,

music by Jay Gorney (1931)

 

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 Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don’t you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.

Why don’t you remember, I’m your pal?

Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

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?


Al Joson

 


Mandy Patinkin – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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I hope this is read by someone who is down on their luck and it gives them a lift.

Thank You.
Jose from Clarkston, Michigan

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

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