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Chords Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

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BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?


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Ropesmith@aol.com 09 Nov 98 - 01:52 PM
Pete M 09 Nov 98 - 03:33 PM
Mike 09 Nov 98 - 06:27 PM
Roger in Baltimore 09 Nov 98 - 07:22 PM
Pete M 09 Nov 98 - 07:29 PM
Jerry Friedman 09 Nov 98 - 08:22 PM
Frank in the swamps 10 Nov 98 - 02:30 AM
John in Brisbane 11 Nov 98 - 01:58 AM
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Subject: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Ropesmith@aol.com
Date: 09 Nov 98 - 01:52 PM

Can some one provide me with the words to this song? If you happen to have the chords, I'd appreciate them too.

Thanx/Mike the Bass Player


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Pete M
Date: 09 Nov 98 - 03:33 PM

Come on Mike, there's no need to ask for lyrics that are in the database. Search for [spare a dime] if you are unfamiliar with the DT.

Pete M


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Mike
Date: 09 Nov 98 - 06:27 PM

The words to "Brother...." are not in the data base! The song is listed... but click on it and it takes you nowhere! Also I need the cord changes,

Thanx/Mike


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Subject: Chords Add: BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 09 Nov 98 - 07:22 PM

Missed that last line break. But I do have the hang of it. This lays out the chords right nicely.


Am E G
Once I built a tower, up to the sun
Dm Am
Bricks & mortar & lime
Dm Am Fm
Once I built a tower, now it's done
E Am
Brother can you spare me a dime?
Am Dm Am
(bridge) Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell
E
Full of that Yankee-Doodly-duni
Dm Am Fm
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell
E Am

Am E G
Once I built a tower, up to the sun
Dm Am
Bricks & mortar & lime
Dm Am Fm
Once I built a tower, now it's done
E Am
Brother can you spare me a dime?
Am Dm Am
(bridge) Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell
E
Full of that Yankee-Doodly-dum
Dm Am Fm
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell
E Am
And I was the kid with the drum

Hope this helps with the chords.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Pete M
Date: 09 Nov 98 - 07:29 PM

Mike, the link from the database search works for me or I would not have refered you to it. An alternative source which lists the lyrics to more "popular" songs from the depression years is here

Pete M


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Jerry Friedman
Date: 09 Nov 98 - 08:22 PM

"duni" is a typo for "dum", of course

Good eye, Jerry - fixed it - Joe O


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Frank in the swamps
Date: 10 Nov 98 - 02:30 AM

I've got the music for this buried away in the files somewhere, when I find it, which won't be this late at night, I'll post the whole thing. Studs Terkel published an oral history of the Great Depression called "Hard Times". In it, he interviewed the lyricist who wrote this song, E.Y. (aka Yip) Harburg. He discusses this song specifically, and his reasons for writing it. Really a worthwhile read.

Frank i.t.s.


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 01:58 AM

I have sequenced the tune for this but won't gat a chance to post for a couple of days - I started it a couple of weeks ago. I'm currently 1,000 miles from home.

Roger, if you don't mind I'll also post the chords from the sheet music, unless FITS does this. The printed chords are sensational IMHO, and well worth the trouble of playing.

Regards John


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Subject: Chords Add: BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A DIME
From: Frank in the swamps
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 06:35 AM

 Cm                        /Fm6 
They used to tell me I was/ building a dream,

Cm and so I followed the mob,

Eb /D7
When there was earth to plow or/ guns to bear,

D7b5 /G7
I was always there, right on the/ job.

Cm /Fm6
They used to tell me I was/building a dream,

Cm Gm Cm7 Bb7
with peace and glory ahead./ Why should

Eb / G7 G+
I be standing in/ line?

Cm /Fm6 G7
just waiting for/bread?

Cm
Once I built a railroad,

G7 C7
made it run,

F Bb7 Eb
Made it race against/ time.

Fm6 G7
Once I built a railroad.

Cm Ab
Now it's done.

Fm G7 /Cm G7/
Brother can you spare a dime?/ /

Cm / G7 C7
Once I built a tower/ to the sun,

F Bb7 /Eb G7
brick and rivet and/ lime.

Fm6 G7
Once I built a tower,

Cm Ab7
Now, it's done.

Fm G7 Cm
Brother can you spare a dime?

C7
Once in khaki suits,

Gm7b5 C7
gee we looked swell;

C7 / Bbm6 C7
full of that Yankee Doodle de/ dum

F7 /Cm7 F9
Half a million boots went/sloggin through hell.

Cm A7b5 D7 D7 G7
I was the kid with the drum.

Cm
Say don't you remember? they

G7 C7
called me Al.

F7 Bb7 /Eb G7
It was Al all the/time.

Fm6 G7
Say, don't you remember?

Cm Ab7
I'm your pal!

Fm /Cm
Buddy can you spare a di/ime?



I hope that's fairly legible.

Frank i.t.s.


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Frank in the swamps
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 06:42 AM

Aw **$#*, that came out all muddled up, the chords that were supposed to be above the lyrics, ended up preceeding them. Maybe I should do this on a word processor then cut & paste or something.

Disgruntled in the swamps.


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Peter T.
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 09:11 AM

Good day for posting that song. The different versions of the chords sure show how hard it can be to get a song from the piano to the guitar! (I am making that shift, so I know whereof I speak!!! All these 30's songs are in these tough flatted jazz keys).

Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 05:37 PM

Frank,

Here is what works for me in putting chords and lyrics together on a Mudcat thread. First, you need some wordprocessor that has a constant space font (each letter taking up the same amount of space). Somebody knows the technical term. You start with the HTML command < pre > (without the spaces (if I put them in here it disappears into the background)).

Type in your lyrics. The chords go in a separate line above the lyrics. Use the space bar to make the space between chords, do not use the "tab" or "indent" keys. At the end of each line of chords and lyrics insert the HTML command < br > (again without the spaces). I type it in once after I have laid out the song and then I copy and paste my way down through each line of the song.

Finish with the command < / pre > (without spaces remember). You can then cut this from your word processor and paste it onto the thread. All of this requires just about all I know about my computer, so it may befuddle you at first.

I use Windows' Notepad for my wordprocessor because it has a simple single space font. My Wordperfect 7.0 seems devoid of that old style font, everything is True Type and they don't work.

I will try to reformat your work, if I get the time. Thanks for all those jazzy chords, they get the feel of the song and my fingers need the exercise.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Chords Add: BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 06:04 PM

With any luck, this is a formatted version. I apologize for discombobulating the line "with peace and glory ahead." I really don't know where the chords should go for that line and the one following. Perhaps someone can repair it.

 Cm                         Fm6
They used to tell me I was building a dream,
Cm
and so I followed the mob,
Eb D7
When there was earth to plow or guns to bear,
D7b5 G7
I was always there, right on the job.
Cm Fm6
They used to tell me I was building a dream,
Cm Gm Cm7 Bb7
with peace and glory ahead.
Eb G7 G+
Why should I be standing in line?
Cm Fm6 G7
just waiting for bread?

Cm
Once I built a railroad,
G7 C7
made it run,
F Bb7 Eb
Made it race against time.
Fm6 G7
Once I built a railroad.
Cm Ab
Now it's done.
Fm G7 Cm G7
Brother can you spare a dime?

Cm G7 C7
Once I built a tower to the sun,
F Bb7 Eb G7
brick and rivet and lime.
Fm6 G7
Once I built a tower,
Cm Ab7
Now, it's done.
Fm G7 Cm
Brother can you spare a dime?

C7
Once in khaki suits,
Gm7b5 C7
gee we looked swell;
C7 Bbm6 C7
full of that Yankee Doodle de dum
F7 Cm7 F9
Half a million boots went sloggin through hell.
Cm A7b5 D7 G7
I was the kid with the drum.
Cm
Say don't you remember?
G7 C7
they called me Al.
F7 Bb7 Eb G7
It was Al all the time.
Fm6 G7
Say, don't you remember?
Cm Ab7
I'm your pal!
Fm Cm
Buddy can you spare a di-ime?

I hope Mike the Bass player enjoys.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Pete M
Date: 11 Nov 98 - 06:11 PM

Roger / Frank,
truetype font "Courier New" is a fixed width font and is normally included in the standard Windows set.

Pete M


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Subject: Chords Add: BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 13 Nov 98 - 03:44 AM

Aagh!! Pipped to the post! Well, I'm gonna put my two penn'orth in anyway, since I went to the trouble of writing it out last night. I have this song on a double album called The Weavers' Greatest Hits, and I think it's sung by Pete Seeger. I don't know what key it's on, but I do it it in C, and to hell with the piano player! It's very similar to Roger's, but not quite the same as a straight change of key. It's easier to play, at least!
 
Am Dm E7
They used to tell me I was building a dream,
Am F G7
And so I followed the mob,
C E
When there was earth to plow or guns to bear,
E7
I was always there, right on the job.
Am Dm E7
They used to tell me I was building a dream,
Am C G7
with peace and glory ahead.
C E7
Why should I be standing in line?
Am E7
just waiting for bread?


Am E A7
Once I built a railroad, made it run,
D7 G7 C Am
Made it race against time.
E7 Am Am7 Cdim
Once I built a railroad, now it's done.
E Am
Brother can you spare a dime?


Am E A7
Once I built a tower to the sun,
D7 G7 C Am
Made of brick and rivet and lime.
E7 Am Am7 Cdim
Once I built a tower, now it's done.
E Am
Brother can you spare a dime?


A (major)
Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell;
A7 A
Full of that Yankee Doodle de dum
Am C Am
Half a million boots went sloggin' through hell,
C D E E7
And I was the kid with the drum.

Am E A7
Say don't you remember? they called me Al.
D7 G7 C Am
It was Al all the time.
E7 Am Am7 Cdim
Say, don't you remember? I'm your pal!
E Am
Buddy can you spare a di-ime?



Steve


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 13 Nov 98 - 10:45 AM

Which at least parially explains why I don't include chords in the DT unless someone supplies them. There are better things in the world to argue about.


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Kate Kennedy Butler(kkbutler@together.net)
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 01:52 AM

If you can find it, Judy Roderick 'Ain't Nothin' But the Blues' on Columbia circa. 1965, has a superlative rendition. As a matter of fact the whole damn album is unbelievably good. Her second release, 'Woman Blue', on Vanguard, is currently available (with a couple of songs on the CD that weren't on the vinyl).


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 17 Nov 98 - 10:15 PM

My kids re-arranged my study/junk=room last weekend, and the work I'd done on this song has momentarily vanished. I'll post as soon as I find it.

Regards John


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Mike The BASS Player
Date: 20 Nov 98 - 03:33 PM

THANK YOU all !!

I now have the words AND chords in every key I could ever need. SAMPAWAM'S CREEK will be adding this song to our song list shortly!

Thanx again!

Mike Ropesmith@aol.com


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Subject: Tune Add: BUDDY CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 07 Dec 98 - 01:31 AM

Lte's see whether Mr Greenhaus actually finds this one:


Click to play

To play or display ABC tunes, try concertina.net
ABC format:

X:1
T:Buddy Can You Spare A Dime
M:4/4
Q:1/4=78
K:C
CD^DFGc3|B2G^A5|A2F^G2^A^G2|G8|F^DD^DF2G2|
^D2C^D5|DCB,CD^D2CC|-C8|C|CCDDD^D^D^DFFFGGGccc3|
BBB2GGG^A^A^A5|AAA2FFF^G^G^G2^A^A^A^G^G^G2|
GGG8|FFF^D^D^DDDD^D^D^DFFF2GGG2|^D^D^D2CCC^D^D^D5|
DDDCCCB,B,B,CCCDDD^D^D^D2CCCCCC|-C8|C8|-CDEFG4|
^A5/4^G3/2G5/4G4|^A5/4^G3/2G5/4^ccG3/4G/2F3/4|
G27/4^D/2^D3/4|CD^DFG3A|^A5/4A3/2G5/4G4|^A^GGc2GGAd|
-d8|^d8|-^ddcBcG2c|B2G^A5|A2F^G2^A^G2|G8|
F^DD^DF2G2|^d2c^d5|dcBcd^d2c|-c3/4||


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 07 Dec 98 - 09:22 PM

Mr.?


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Subject: RE: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Dec 98 - 09:40 PM

Itoljaso, John! Rumor has it Mr. Greenhaus has eyes in the back of his head, like a high school teacher.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Brother can you spare a dime (ABC format
From: GUEST,Ian Goodier
Date: 12 Jul 01 - 03:59 PM

This is my fist attempt at contacting the the mudcat cafe. I need an .ABC version of the tune to Brother can you spare a dime. I have most of the tune by ear but can't find the intro. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance. Ian


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Brother can you spare a dime (ABC f
From: alanabit
Date: 13 Jul 01 - 03:20 PM

I don't know if this is any help in finding the music, but I can tell you that the words were written by Yip Harburg (of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" fame) and the tune was written by Jay Gorney. I believe the song was associated with the South African singer/jazz guitarist Al Bowley and that it was also recorded by Bing Crosby. You probably know all this already, but it may jerk someone's memory and at least it will get you to the top of the thread again! I recall Paul Downes and Phil Beer doing a lovely version of it back in the seventies.


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Subject: Tune Add: BUDDY/BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 05:37 PM

I converted the MIDItext from John in Brisbane into a MIDI. I think the MIDI in the Digital Tradition is closer to the tune I know, and it has a tune for the verses. Still, John's interpretation has interesting aspects.

Click to play John's MIDI


Click to play DT MIDI




Here is the DT MIDI in ABC format, which you can take to Concertina.net to get the dots:

ABC format:

X:1
T:
M:4/4
Q:1/4=78
K:Ab
C2=D3/2C/2G3/2E/2C3/2G,/2|A,CGF5|-F3/2C/2=D3/2C/2GECA|
-A8|A3/2G13/2|-G2A3/2=A/2B3/2G/2E3/2C/2|=D=D2=D2F2E|
=D=D2=D5/2D/2=D3/4G/2F3/4|=D8|-=D3/2C/2=D3/2C/2G3/2E/2C3/2G,/2|
A,CGF5|-F3/2C/2=D3/2C/2GECB|-B5A2F|G2B2BGE2|
=B8|-=B2c2c5/4G3/2E5/4|G8|C3/2=D/2E3/2F/2Gc3|
=B2GB5|A2FA2BA2|G8|F3/2E/2=D3/2E/2FG3|E2CE5|
=D3/2C/2=B,3/2C/2=DE2C|-C8|C8|-C3/2=D/2E3/2F/2Gc3|
=B2GB5|=A2FA2BA2|G8|F3/2E/2=D3/2E/2FG3|E2CE5|
=D3/2C/2=B,3/2C/2=DE2C|-C8|C8|-C3/2=D/2=E3/2F/2G4|
B5/4A3/2G5/4G4|B5/4A3/2G5/4d3/2c/2B3/4B/2A3/4|
G8|C3/2=D/2E3/2F/2G3=A|B5/4=A3/2G5/4G4|B3/2=A/2G3/2c3/2B=A=d|
-=d8|e8|-e3/2=d/2c3/2=B/2cG2c|=B2GB5|=A2FA2BA2|
G8|F3/2E/2=D3/2E/2FG3|e2ce5|=d3/2c/2=Bc=de2c|
-c8|c8|-c8||

To play or display ABC tunes, try concertina.net
ABC format:



I think the lyrics in the Digital Tradition are pretty accurate, except that the singer was full of "Yankee-doodle-de-dum." Other parts of the DT text are just slightly different from the text I found in Reading Lyrics (Gottlieb/Kimball, 2000).


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Subject: RE: Chords: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: Merritt
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 12:31 PM

Here's a site that has Bing Crosby's 1932 version of the song in RealAudio format.

http://www.kcmetro.cc.mo.us/pennvalley/biology/lewis/crosby/brother.html

- Merritt


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Subject: Chord Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime
From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 01:56 PM

I have all the lyrics , but only being a 'thick banjo player' I am having trouble with the Chord run for the verse - Thats the :-

'They used to tell me I was building a dream' etc bit .

I have the Chords for the 'Once I built a railroad' etc and the bridge - its only the verse I need .
Knowing how erudite you lot out there are , I await your replies !


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime
From: Peace
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 08:33 PM

www.jumbojimbo.com/lyrics. php?songid=2291&type=chords

or

Jumbo Jimbo's Song Lyrics Archive - Brother Can You Spare A Dime



Google that. Chords there.


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Subject: Chords Add: BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
From: Amos
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 08:44 PM

Am                        E7     A7
Once I built a railroad, made it run,

D       G7          C       E7
Made it race against time;

Dm/F          E7          Am       F7
Once I build a railroad -- now it's done.

Dm6               E7      Am
Brother, can you spare a dime?


Am                   E7    A7
Once I built a tower to the sun,

D       G7          C    E7
Brick and rivet and lime;

Dm/F          E7       Am       F7
Once I build a tower -- now it's done.

Dm6               E7      Am
Brother, can you spare a dime?



Bridge:

A7
Once, in khaki suits, gee, we looked swell,

                              Gm6   A7
Full of that Yankee Doodle de-dum;

D7
Half a million boots went sloggin' through Hell --

Am                      F7    E7
I was the kid with the drum.


Am                              E7      A7
Say, don't you remember, they called me Al?

D         G7       C    E7
It was Al all the time.

Dm/F             E7      Am       F7
Say, don't you remember? I'm your pal.

Dm6             E7 E7+5   Am
Buddy can you spare a   dime?


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime
From: Barry Finn
Date: 31 Jan 06 - 11:08 PM

My 2 favorite recordings of this are by Spanky & Our Gang who sing the intro (They used to tell me I was building a dream....) & Joe Hickerson. If you can give them a listen it'd be well worth hearing both their interpetations. Just sung this at a Burns Party, 1st time in public in probably 15 yrs. Love the song
Barry


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime
From: alanabit
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 02:44 AM

Paul Downes and Phil Beer introduced me to this song back in the seventies. Simon Mayor used to know some serious jazz chords to it. He is mainly known as a mandoline virtuoso these days, but he was always a mighty guitarist too. If Simon still lives in the Reading area, you may be able to meet him Terry.
I have always wanted to hear the version by Al Bowley, which I think was the best known in its day.


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Subject: Chords Add: BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
From: Dave4Guild
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 02:56 AM

Try:-

(Am) They used to (Am/G)tell me I was(F)building a (E7)dream(Am)
And so I (Am/G)followed the mob(F to G)
(C)When there was earth to plough, or (x23230)(a sort of Bm)guns to (E7)bear,
I was (x23230)always there on the (E7)job

(Am)They used to (Am/G)tell me I was (F)building a (E7)dream(Am)
With peace and (Am/G) glory ahead(F to G)
(C)Why should I be standing in line(Adim)= x04545 to xx7878)to-
(7x7750)( another sort of Bm!)Still waiting for (E7)bread

Try capo 2 or three or transpose.

Hope this helps, it's loosely based on a lovely version by Frank Christian.

regards

Dave Bennett


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 07:39 PM

Thanks All !


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Subject: RE: Chords: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 May 06 - 12:06 AM

Just watched a very good thirty minute program on PBS, called The March of the Bonus Army. In it, they said this song came about because of the March. It was really good. Our American history class when I was a kid never had anything about this very early "march on Washington."

I did NOT like the rendition of it, at the very end. Some warbly woman.


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Subject: RE: Chords: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
From: GUEST,j23
Date: 05 Jul 08 - 03:23 AM

Ronnie Lane from the Faces does a nice job of this on his live in Austin cd.


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
From: voyager
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 01:13 PM

Bailout Redux -

Say don't you remember? they called me Paul, son
It was Paul, son (I ain't no villain)
Say, don't you remember? When WallStreet's done
Buddy can you spare a Ga-Zillion

voyager


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 03:33 PM

Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck did a lovely version of Over the Rainbow (in the minor) married to Buddy Can You Spare a Dime, recorded in the early 'fifties, I believe.

Jon Bartlett


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
From: alanabit
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 05:35 PM

Both songs had lyrics by Yip Harburg, but the composer was Jay Gorney on "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" and Howard Arlen on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", I believe.


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
From: M.Ted
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 05:44 PM

Harold Arlen--not Howard. Just watched "The Wizard of Oz", and am once again reminded of what a clever lyricist Harburg was. And one of the most political, in a good way.

Here is my nice chord arrangement--which appears in one of the threads above--

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
(Intro)
||:Am E+/Bm7-5 E7/Am E+ /F7 E7/
C Am/Bm7-5 E7/ Bm7-5 E7/E7 E7/:||
(verse)
|Am E+/ E7 A7/D7 G7/C C/
Bm7-5 E7/Am D7/F7 E7/Am E7/
Am E+/ E7 A7/D7 G7/C C/
Bm7-5 E7/Am D7/F7 E7/Am Am|
(bridge)
|A7 A7/Bb7 A7/Bb7 Bb7/A7 A7
D7 D7/Eb7 D7/Ab7 F7/B7 E7|
||Am E+/ E7 A7/D7 G7/C C/
Bm7-5 E7/Am D7/F7 E7/Am Am||


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
From: alanabit
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 01:56 AM

Of course it was Ted...


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
From: Will Fly
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 03:47 AM

I've done some tab for both "Brother..." and "Somewhere..." which are free for anyone to look at. You can get them from my website at:
Will Fly tabs

I've done simple YouTube recordings of these as instrumentals - simple stuff, no vocals - just for fun. Links at my website.


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