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Thread #102273   Message #2071509
Posted By: GUEST,JTT
08-Jun-07 - 12:15 PM
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
Houghmagandie, I'd always wondered the same - if Paul Simon's reference was to that historic Al.

For me, the song changed its meaning as I matured. As a child, I thought the singer had been a wealthy man who paid for the building of giant structures; when I got into the workforce I saw it as the destruction of the working man's dignity - once he'd been proud to build the great structures of New York; now he's queueing on a breadline, thankful for a bowl of soup, but enraged at the profiteering that's sent him there and now requires him to beg.