Monday, September 22, 2008

BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," music by Jay Gorney (1931)

They used to tell me I was building a global investment bank, and so I followed the mob,
When there were fees to plow, or risks to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a global bank, with wealth and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a bank, I made it run, made it race the markets.
Once I built a bank; 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 Armani suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million bankers went marching around the globe,
And I was the guy with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Dick; it was Dick all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in Armani suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million brogues went marching,
And I was the guy with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Dick; it was Dick all the time.
Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

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