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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime

5 April 2024


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Music by Jay Gorney, Original lyrics by Yip Harburg


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

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 trillion boots

went slogging through hell

 

And I was the kid with the drum!


Say, don’t you remember?

 

They called me Sal

It was Sal all the time

 

Why don’t you remember

 

I’m your pal

 

Say, buddy, can you spare

 

a dime?


Why don’t you remember

 

I’m your pal?

 

I was your pal all the time

 

Why don’t you remember

my name is Sal

 

Buddy, can you spare

 

a dime?

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