It even comes to rest, momentarily, in a major key. Wikimedia Commons hide caption. In , a young New York City lyricist named E. There were other songs written about the Depression during the Depression, but most were of the "Keep your chin up, things will get better" variety. It isn't a hand-me-out song of 'give me a dime, I'm starving, I'm bitter', it wasn't that kind of sentimentality".
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The Brunswick Crosby recording made on October 25, with Lennie Hayton and his Orchestra  became the best-selling record of its period, and came to be viewed as an anthem to the shattered dreams of the era. Now Is The Hour. A People's History, by Howard Zinn, p. It was a courageous song that spoke honestly, even angrily, Kapilow says, about the plight of the average man on the street. Firstly, rather than starting in a major key, as most Broadway songs do, it begins in a minor key, which is darker and more appropriate for the Depression.
Harburg lyricist and Jay Gorney composer. I'll Be Seeing You.
They called me 'Al' It was 'Al' all the time Say, don't you remember? It isn't a hand-me-out song of 'give me a dime, I'm starving, I'm bitter', it wasn't that kind of sentimentality".
I'm your pal Buddy, can you spare a dime?
Retrieved April 23, It refers to " Yankee Doodle Dum", a reference to patriotism, and the evocation of veterans also recalls protests about military bonuses payable only after 21 years, which were a topical issue. Music From the Inside Out. 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?
The University Press of Kentucky. Once in spwre suits, ah, gee, we looked swell Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum Half a million boots went slogging through Hell And I was the kid with the drum Oh, say, don't you remember?
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (film) - Wikipedia
Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday. Written in by lyricist E.
I don't have my home. They were released right before Franklin Delano Roosevelt 's election to the presidency. During the malaise of the s stagflationThe New York Times asked Harburg to update "Brother" for a new age, and he responded with: Sheet music cover for Americana. Harburg and Gorney's song was different. There were other songs written about the Depression during the Depression, but most were of the "Keep your chin up, things will gou better" variety.
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Ina young New York City lyricist named E. In the middle of the Depression, inwhen no one was saying this out loud, they had the courage to say it on Broadway.
Once we had a Roosevelt Praise the Lord!
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
The song has unusual structure for a Broadway song. They called me 'Al' It was 'Al' all the time Why don't you remember? Now we're stuck with Nixon, Agnew, Ford, Brother, can you spare a rope?