Brother Can You Spare A Dime
I first heard this version on a Double LP of The Weaver's Greatest Hits. This is definitely the right key, but to really match Pete Seeger on the record (and to make it a little more fun to play), throw a capo on the fifth fret and transpose down five half-steps so everything is based around an E minor shape. Intro Am E7 E7 E7 Am Dm6 E E7 They used to tell me I was building a dream Am Dm6 And so I followed the mob. Am Dm6 When there was earth to plow or guns to bear, E E7 I was always there, right on the job... Am Dm6 E E7 They used to tell me I was building a dream Am Dm6 With peace and glory ahead Am Am/C E Am Dm6 E Dm6 Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread? 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?