Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
May 10, 2008 11:56 PM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (55 comments total)
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Songs that clearly and directly address or reference economic hardships and injustice in America, not to mention that do so in a bitter, regretful tone, don't often become enormous hits. Matter of fact, it's such a rare phenomenon that you could count such songs on... um, one finger? Yes, Yip Harburg
and Jay Gorney
's iconic Brother Can You Spare a Dime
is that song. Covered by a surprisingly wide range
of singers through the years, the song still resonates
You can hear a partial clip of the Rudy Valee version at a link from this page
from the "GCSE page" link. Once again this clip, like most of the YouTube clips linked in the FPP, is comprised of Depression-era images.
There's a partial clip of the Bing Crosby version at this PBS page
, just scroll down below the feature on "Strange Fruit" (another song with unlikely subject matter, that is lynching) for the link.
Here's the chords
, although they've left the entire intro out...