Kultur

Al Jolson (1886-1950) synger Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, med tekst av Yip Harburg (1896-1981) og melodi av Jay Gorney (1896-1990), etter en russisk-jødisk vuggevise. Sangen var inkludert i musikkrevyen Americana fra 1932.

Denne sangen ble, om man kan bruke betegnelsen, kjenningsmelodien for depresjonen på 1930-tallet.

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 doodle 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, gee we looked swell,
Full of that yankee doodle 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?

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