Heptune presents:

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Transcribed from Charlie Palloy and His Orchestra, recorded 9/1932.
From Songs of the Depression, Mojo CD-MOJO-311.

Once I built a railroad, 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 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 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!
Brother, can you spare a dime?

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Published 3/31/00.


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