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Posted By: GUEST,Anne Neilson
12-Jul-14 - 07:33 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
My favourite version of the song is from Fred Hellerman (of the Weavers) accompanied only by his own guitar. It was all of the following by turns -- emotional, intense, powerful and desperate -- and I always took it that Al was a synonym for The Common Man.

(Wish I could do a clicky link -- maybe a kind friend could oblige?)