Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? — Bing Crosby

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-ie 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?
Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodle-ie 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?
Buddy, can you spare a dime?

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Brian V. Lee provides bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, business turnaround, and litigation services to clients in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Brian was the Washington, D.C. state chair of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys from 2016 to 2018.