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Posted By: houghmagandie
07-Jun-07 - 06:14 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Buddy Can you Spare a Dime - who was Al?
Subject: Origins: Who was Al in Buddy Can you Spare a Dime
Hi,
The third verse of "Buddy Can you Spare a Dime" starts:
'Say don't you remember, they called me Al,
I was Al all time.'
Why did they call him Al? As the bridge that precedes this verse is about fighting in World war One, was Al perhaps a nickname for American soldiers in WW1, something like Tommy for British soldiers?