Excuse me brother, but can you spare a dime?

from Masta Ace – Me & the Biz Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Brother, Can You Spare A Dime” is one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression. Written in 1931 by lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, it was most famously recorded by Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. The protagonist of the song is a man who has fallen on hard times and turned to panhandling, and the title phrase has entered common use in similar situations.

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