Brother, Can You Spare a Dime

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,” canción escrita por Yip Harburg, con musica de Jay Gorney (1931) se convirtió muy pronto en un himno de la crisis económica de 1929:

They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it’s done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don’t you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don’t you remember, I’m your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don’t you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Say, don’t you remember, I’m your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Existe una versión más reciente del cantante George Michel

Once I built a railroad, made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
Brother can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower to the sun
Brick and rivet and lime
Once I built a tower, now it’s done
Brother can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits
Gee, we looked swell
Full of that yankee doodle de dum
Half a million boots went slogging through hell
I was the kid with the drum
Say don’t you remember, they called me Al
It was Al all the time
Say don’t you remember, I’m your pal!
Buddy can you spare a dime?

Once I built a railroad, made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
Brother can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower to the sun
Brick and rivet and lime
Once I built a tower, now it’s done
Brother can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits
Gee, we looked swell
Full of that yankee doodle de dum
Half a million boots went slogging through hell
I was the kid with the drum
Say don’t you remember, they called me Al
It was Al all the time
Say don’t you remember, I’m your pal!
Buddy can you spare a dime?

La traducción al castellano sería:

Una vez construí una carretera, la hice funcionar
La acabé en una carrera contra el tiempo
Una vez construí una carretera, ahora ya está hecha
Hermano, ¿puedes darme un céntimo?
Una vez construí una torre hasta el sol
Ladrillo y remache y cal
Una vez construí una torre, ahora ya está hecha
Hermano, ¿puedes darme un céntimo?

Una vez iba con traje caqui
Dios, qué look más maravilloso
Lleno de vitalidad dum dum
Medio millón de botas arrastrándose por el infierno
Yo era el crío del tambor
Dime, ¿no te acuerdas?, me llamaban Al
Era Al todo el tiempo
Dime, ¿no te acuerdas?, soy tu colega
Amigo, ¿puedes darme un céntimo?

Una vez construí una carretera, la hice funcionar
La acabé en una carrera contra el tiempo
Una vez construí una carretera, ahora ya está hecha
Hermano, ¿puedes darme un céntimo?
Una vez construí una torre hasta el sol
Ladrillo y remache y cal
Una vez construí una torre, ahora ya está hecha
Hermano, ¿puedes darme un céntimo?

Una vez iba con traje caqui
Dios, qué look más maravilloso
Lleno de vitalidad dum dum
Medio millón de botas arrastrándose por el infierno
Yo era el crío del tambor
Dime, ¿no te acuerdas?, me llamaban Al
Era Al todo el tiempo
Dime, ¿no te acuerdas?, soy tu colega
Amigo, ¿puedes darme un céntimo?

Fuentes: http://htiemposmodernos.blogspot.com/2008/02/hermano-puedes-prestarme-una-moneda-de.html;  http://masmusica.blogspot.com/2006/03/brother-can-you-spare-dime.html

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