Mudcat Café message #2071161 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #102273   Message #2071161
Posted By: GUEST,houghmagandie
08-Jun-07 - 03:20 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Buddy Can you Spare a Dime - who was Al?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was Al in Buddy Can you Spare a D
Dear meself,
You're right about it being "It was Al all the time" - I made two typos! I like your idea that Al was an all-purpose hale-fellow-well-met name. Another example from that era (and later) would be "Mac", as in "Have you got a light, Mac?".
Dear JTT,
As regards Al being a pal of Paul Simon's, I wonder if the songwriter really was referring to Buddy Can You Spare a Dime or to a common source - Al as pal?