THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
259-Bing Crosby-Brother,Can You Spare A Dime?
1932-Has never charted ,there was no UK chart until 1952.
Best Bit-At 2.59.In today’s money a dime is $1.50.
The song is also known as ‘Buddy,Can You Spare A Dime?’ written in 1930 it would go on to become the ‘anthem’ of the ‘Great Depression.’
The songs lyrics were written by E.Y.’Yip’ Harburg,his most famous composition would occur some nine years later with ‘Over The Rainbow.’The music was composed by Jay Gorney who based the melody on a Russian-Jewish lullaby his mother had sung to him as a child.
The song has been recorded many times down the years,the early famous versions are by Bing Crosby(see also best songs 934 and 457) and Rudy Vallee.
The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930’s,beginning in the United Stares.The song asks why the men who built the nation,built the railroads,built the skyscrapers and fought in World War 1,who did what the nation asked of them,should find themselves abandoned and on the bread line.
‘Once in khaki suits,gee,we looked swell,full of that Yankee doodle de dumb.’
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