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Thread #31970   Message #420114
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
17-Mar-01 - 06:17 PM
Thread Name: WWI Trench songs
Subject: Lyr Add: BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?^^^
BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

SPOKEN PART: They used to tell me I was building a dream
And so I followed the mob
Where there was earth to plow or guns to bear
I was always there right there on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead.
So why am I standing in line
Just waiting for bread?

BEGIN SINGING:
VERSE 1: Once I build a railroad, made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it's done
Buddy, can you spare a dime?

VERSE 2: Once I built a tower to the sun
Made of brick and mortar and lime
Once I built a tower, now it's done
Buddy, can you spare a dime?

CHORUS: 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 guy with the drum.

VERSE 3: Hey, don't you remember, they called me Al
It was Al all the time.
Hey, don't you remember, I'm your pal.
Buddy, can you spare a dime?

CHORUS: 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 guy with the drum.

VERSE 4: Hey, don't you remember, they called me Al?
It was Al all the time.
Hey, don't you remember, I'm your pal?
Buddy, can you spare a dime?
Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Recorded during the height of the depression in 1932, this song recounted the despair of the working men, and particularly the World War 1 Veterans, who found themselves begging on the streets

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