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Posted By: GUEST,Anne Tait
05-Jun-09 - 11:34 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
Before I truly listened to all the lyrics of this haunting and powerful song, I thought it was a former tycoon talking, who built a railroad and then was ruined in the depression. But no, it's the disillusioned plea of a worker, soldier, follower - a guy that everybody liked and knew by his nickname ["it was Al all the time"] who's been rejected by the system he believed in, that promised so much and then left him penniless.

Anne Tait, Toronto, Canada. film producer, writer.