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 there 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
I made it run against time
Once I built a railroad and now it’s done
Buddy can you spare a dime?

Once I built a tower way up to the sun
With bricks and mortar and lime
Once I built a railroad and 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 flogging through hell
I was the kid with the drum

Oh say, don’t you remember?
You called me Al
It was Al all the time
Say, don’t you remember? I was your pal
Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Say, don’t you remember?
You called me Al
It was Al all the time
Say, don’t you remember? I was your pal
Buddy, can you spare a dime?
Buddy, can you spare a dime?


Lyrics submitted by rockisgroovy, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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