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Brother Can You Spare a DimeChords for Fingerstyle Arrangement


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#1 dadfad

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 06:56 AM

In another topic I said I would do this for someone and that topic has since been locked because it was not formatted properly in the heading. This is in response to that topic.


Okay, here is my basic arrangement for the tune. These are the chords (or at least most of them) that I use and move through as I do the tune. I play it in a fingerstyle and so I don't use complete chords per se that much, mostly chosen fragments of them changing from one into another as I go. I also did a little sound-byte thing to help make sense out of what I mean. It's on a Sound Click page and here is the LINK to it. (Excuse the poor sound quality. I used the only guitar I could that plugged into my comp and did it with crappy Audacity freeware.) (I didn't practice it either! laugh.gif )

Anyway, here are the chords, etc and with the sound-byte that will sort of tie them together. I hope this helps.

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Brother Can You Spare A Dime
(E.Y. Harburg, 1931)

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(Prelude) [generally omitted from a performance]
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?

(Bridge)
Once in khaki suits, gee, we looked swell
Full of that Yankee Doodley-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.
Say, buddy, can you spare a dime?

(Bridge)
Once in khaki suits, ah, gee, we looked swell
Full of that Yankee Doodley-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?


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The Basic Chords Used:

Am= X02210 and X0X555; E7= 022434 and 020100;
A7= X02020; A7*= X05655; (7+7)X02023; Aaug5-7= X02021;
A= X02225 and X02220; A7dim9= X05656
D7= X00212; D7/F= 200212; D6/9+200200; Dm= XX0231;
F= 103211; F7=101211; B7b5= X2320X;  

(Those are the basic chord-shapes used and moved between in
playing the tune arranged in a way similar to the fingerstyle
example on the sound-byte link address below. Not every simple
note change is noted, just the basic chord shapes and voicings
given as a starting-point for doing your own arrangement or
elaborating on that simple one given.)  

(Typical Verse)
[Am}Once I built a railroad, I [E7] made it run [A7]
[D7]Made it [G7]race against [C]time...[E7}
[Dm]Once I built a [E7]railroad, [Am]now it's [F]done.
[B7b5]Brother, can you [E7]spare a [A7]dime?

(Bridge)
[A7]Once in khaki [A7+7]suits, ah, gee, [Aaug5-7]we [A7]looked [A7+7]swell
[A7]Full of that [A7+7]]Yankee Doodley [A7dim9]-dum...[A7*]
[D7]Half a million [D6/9}boots went [D7]slogging through [D6/9]hell,
And [F7]I was the kid with the [E7]drum...

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Sound Click links for a simple fingerstyle example:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pageartist.cfm?bandID=426390

or.......

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/songInfo.cfm?bandID=426390&songID=3761287

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#2 aboy1646

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 04:41 AM

Thanks a lot. It looks great.



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