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Can someone explain to me what this is supposed to mean

Anonymous
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 Brother can you spare me a dime?

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 Doodly Dum
Half a million boots went slogging 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 slogging 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?



 

Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 12, 2014 at 7:02 PM
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Browncoat4eva
by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM
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It's a song about the depression and how it killed the American dream for some hard-working people. 

Peace, and all that jazz...


~Mackenzie 


a Browncoat4eva 


...I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch me soar...

TranquilMind
by Ruby Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM
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 This is a Depression-era song that references the bread lines in the 30's after the crash of the stock market of 1929.  Bing Crosby sang it. 

The khaki suits and Yankee Doodle stuff refers to World War I. 

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