Mudcat Café message #2071621 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #102273   Message #2071621
Posted By: GUEST,meself
08-Jun-07 - 02:42 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 Dime
I've just had another look at the lyrics, and it's changed my understanding of who the speaker is ... I'd forgotten about the indtroductory bit, in which he says he "followed the mob", doing what he was urged to do: "When there was earth to plow or guns to bear", he was "right there on the job" - as opposed to later in the song, where he was "the kid with the drum" (rather than, it seemed to me, the kid who was bearing the gun). So, now I've come 'round to the idea that Al was a regular working-Joe, rather than any kind of a mover or shaker.