Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

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A depression era song written by lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney. I heard this as part of a display at the MOHAI in Seattle and was struck by how the lyrics are just as true today as they were almost 90 years ago. When it comes to class not much has changed.

lyrics

They used to tell me I was building a dream
And so I followed the mob
When there was earth to plow or arms to bear
I was there on the job

They used to tell me I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead
Why then am I standing in line
Just waiting for bread?

Once I built a train, I made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a train, now it's done
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a train, now it's done
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once I built a tower on 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 I built a tower, now it's done
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell
Feeling that yankee doodle dee dum
Half a million boots went marchin' through hell
I was the kid with the drum

Say, don't you remember me? They called me Al
It was Al all of the time
Don't you remember me? I'm your pal
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Don't you remember me? I'm your pal
Brother, can you spare a dime?

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from Already Gone, track released July 7, 2016

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The Bottom Shelf Bourbon Trio Vancouver, British Columbia

We are a bluegrass and country music influenced urban folk group from Vancouver, BC, playing a mix of traditional and contemporary country and bluegrass songs, as well as our own originals.

the bottom shelf bourbon trio is made up of:
steven huston: bass, vocals
ian lodge: banjo, guitar, vocals
steve nelson: guitar, harmonica, mandolin, vocals.
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