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Brother Can You Spare A Dime Lyrics

Artist: Bing Crosby
Album: Brother Can You Spare A Dime

They used to tell me I was building a dream
And so I followed the mob
When their was earth to plow or guns to bear
I was always their 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 sloggin' 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
Say buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, ah gee we looked swell
Full of that Yankee-Doodly-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?
Comments/Interpretations
by Larry-T on 7/7/2008 12:25pm
Your page gives the impression that the lyrics are by Mr. Crosby. Actually, the lyrics are by Yip Harburg, who also wrote the lyrics for such songs as "Somewhere over the rainbow."

Please give proper credit for your lyrics.
by William on 9/28/2008 4:56am
1) How could you write 'their' for 'there' in verse 1 - TWICE!

2) In verse 6 is it really 'Why' - or 'Say', as in verse 8?
by Dana on 4/5/2010 1:58pm
Actually, the lyrics were by Jay Gorney.
by Austin on 5/7/2014 6:32am
Sorry Dama, incorrect. I learned about Yip Harburg on Edginuity. He did in fact create this, not Jay Gorney


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