Brother, Can you Spare a Dime? (or $2.05)

“Once I built a tower to the stars, built of brick and mortar and lime . . . Once in khaki suits, man we looked fine . . . Why should I be standing in line just waiting for bread?”

In 1930, during the midst of WWII, E. Y. “Yip” Harburg and Jay Gorney composed Brother, Can you Spare a Dime, a heart-rending anthem to pride and purpose gone to hell. I’ve been listening to the Judy Collins version of the song for the past couple of weeks, (the album’s in my car’s cd player). This rarely heard, unusual and beautiful version can be accessed at the link at the bottom of this page.

A couple of days ago I saw a television commercial telling me that the cost for one Christmas dinner this year at the Durham Rescue Mission is only $2.05. I thought of the song when I saw the ad and had the idea to ask folks to donate a Christmas dinner meal for the Mission. If you are so inclined, click here to donate your $2.05. (Choose the “donate now” tab in the menu.)

With thanks and love for everyone.

Brother Can You Spare a Dime

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