The lyrics to “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” was written by Yip Harburg, and the music was by Jay Gorney. The song was written during the great depression in 1931. The song expresses the emotions during the great depression. The song has been sung by several artists and each one sings the song a little different. Tom Waits, Abbey Lincoln, and Yip Harburg all sung the song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” and each singer expresses the song differently. “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” was written during the depression and expresses the economic struggle people had. The song had many symbolic meanings within the lyrics. The words “I was building a dream” was talking about how people built an American dream that is a fantasy. The lyrics “Once I built a railroad” and “Once I built a tower” are both referring to the American dream people had to build and industrialize. People would come to America to get a job and live a great life. The word “bread” in the song represents money and a sense of hope. Another symbol in the song is the lyrics “Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell”, which represents the Army and war. The word “drum!” in the song is a metaphor for the Harburg saying he is beating the drum. By explaining the symbolism in the song the true meaning can be heard. People lived in America to “build a dream”, and they worked hard building railroads and towers. Once all the labor of building was done, the economy collapsed, and people found themselves struggling for
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1. At the beginning of Nickel and Dimed, The author sets three rules of herself; “I could not, in my search for jobs, fall back on any skills derived from my education or usual work.” , “I had to take the highest-paying job that was offered to me and do my best to hold it.”, and “I had to take the cheapest accommodations I could find, at least the cheapest that offered an acceptable level of safety and privacy.”. She sets these rules to keep herself on the right track and not make what she thinks are bad decisions. 2.
Many people have come to America for adventure, opportunity, freedom, and the chance to experience the particular qualities of the American landscape. The American Dream is the idea that every United States citizen, including immigrants and residents, should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. America somewhat provides access to the American dream, it is more so the citizen who provides access to the dream for themselves. Even though they encountered many trials and tribulations, with persistence, people such as Langston Hughes in “I Too Sing America and Anzia Yezierska in “America and I” they were able to achieve their individual American Dream.
The symbolism in this song is that life is hard for other members of the society. This song regards a man trying/ resolving to alter his ways before starting to change the world. This
In the passage, Is The American Dream Still Possible by David Wallechinsky. The author, explains how unrealistic it is to believe that those who live in poverty can achieve the American Dream. The American Dream being described as “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” Has not been lived up to since the year 1931 when James Truslow Adams states "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. However, this is not the case in modern day. For example, when David Wallechinsky tells of the story of “Richard Oden, a married father of 5 who has worked for the same beer company for 23 years” (David Wallechinsky 65) and when Richard develops pneumonia and couldn't get back to work on a certain date, he was laid off and forced to dip into 401k funds. Although he was in a bad financial state he managed to get back on his feet. However as Richard states “For most Americans , it's still a dream- a pipe dream” (David Wallechinsky 65). With the American Dream as reached for by Richard is nearly impossible to achieve as a poor and even middle class person. Another example can be seen in the poem Europe and America. In the beginning the author writes “My father brought the emigrant bundle of desperation and worn threads”(David Ignatow 78) explaining to the reader that in the place before he had only enough to fill up a sack and that his clothes were torn and tattered. Furthermore from the boy's perspective ‘While i am bedded upon soft green money that grows like grass”(David Ignatow 78). Showing the luxury that the father is bringing his son. Emphasizing that when people came here to achieve the American Dream the parents of the kids were made to work endlessly to give their
People living during the great depression had dreams but on seemed to be the most popular but with their own twist to their dream. The American dream is in the Declaration of Independence stating “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. This dream is called the American Dream. The American dream is a set of standards in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success that can be achieved through hard work and determination. Steinbeck uses the American dream to give each character a goal to work toward to. Each character had their own American Dream. Owning some land so you could live independently, to tend the rabbits or to be playing cards with the other guys.
What truly is the “American Dream”? Furthermore, during the Great Depression, even the concept of the “American Dream” was not readily available and was no more than a fallacy at the time. For the 2 protagonists in Of Mice And Men, their dream, like many others, was to “live off the fatta the land” and become independent. However, this was not such an easy task at the time, not just because of the rough economic times, but because people of that era still had World War 2 still very fresh in their minds, with the harbored hatred and untrust that came along with it. Nevertheless, for the millions who died in the course of the war, this “American Dream” was not only something worth living for it was something dying for too. However, in the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author emphasizes that the dreams and hopes were delusions and has a grim outlook on living life in search of a dream.
When the U.S. was first established it wasn’t all gumdrops and butterflies, we had to fight for it. And after we won our independence it still didn’t come easy. Now adults may not remember their American history classes but it took more than one try to set up a government. The first attempt, The Articles of Confederation, only lasted four years and it caused so many problems. But the important thing we didn’t give up, we all wanted to be heard and we all had something useful to say. And when we had it all worked out, we all listened to each and got along. We went some rough spots but everyone made it through and people casted the idea of the “American Dream” and how the U.S. was so amazing. Which it was, it truly was at that point in time
With that, came the American dream. The dream that each person should achieve prosperity through strenuous work and dedication. There has been several works of literature that denounced the American dream as a false prophecy, as only coming true for a undoubted narrow majority of the nation. That is true that the American dream does not come by often. Although when it does, people cherish this nation and call it “ The land of the free and the home of the brave”. American history showed that in this nation, nothing is impossible, resembling what Einstein said “ Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is
The lyrics express Guthrie's belief that the working class should have the same rights as the rich. He very proudly carried the torch of singing songs about the American worker. Woody Guthrie’s music was not written down, but instead sung, performed, and taught completely by memory. The structure of this song is easy and memorable, using an "ACAB" format, which repeats the beginning of the melody (A section) for the third line. There was a certain Americana aspect to his folk music. He was a migrant farmer traveling as a country singer, using only his guitar and voice (occasionally using a harmonica) in his performances. He created songs from the sights he saw as he traveled all over the USA as a country singer, and spoke out against the lack of fairness and justice of capitalism and poor treatment of blue collar workers. He preached that his folk music was not just something that was made just to “sell” and “make money”, it was intensively focused on political and worldly events.
Following up along the lines of justice and injustice situations is the suffering in Black America and how we are fighting a war that may not be a winnable war like something that is consecutive and may not be able to win especially after the injustice killings being done to the black people around America. With the song, Lamar points at the fact that black people will never win this war and all we can do is fight and work hard for the money that we sorely deserve and need. Black Americans have been fighting the freedom war that was a literal Civil War in the 19th century. Then in the 20th century with Jim Crow laws, it became freedom fighting in the context of prejudice and racism. Now, in the 21st century, racism often takes a more covert
The first stanza tells the listener or reader not to "throw the bums a dime" because it is easy to loan too many peoples money and never be repaid, leaving the possibility of losing everything. The lines of the first stanza address someone as "you", suggesting
How did a pineapple end up in the ocean? Money plays a huge role in the American Dream, and that causes people to want to come here and try to make more of it. Having people come here and make their own money and striving to get where they have always dreamt. Money causes strength for our country because it makes everyone more independent and makes more people want to come and experience it for on their own. Money represents strength, which represents the American Dream, but protection plays a role in it as well. Part of the American Dream is to have protection. How did he make a house out of a pineapple? Money pays for whatever you’re living in, in order to protect you. Protection is one of the main reasons why people leave their homeland and come to the U.S.A., because we provide safety. Does anyone wonder how sandy lives at the bottom of the ocean or how she got there and survives? When the immigrants come to America they are looking for jobs so that they can get money in order for them to buy the house, apartment, condo, etc. The American dream has brought hope and inspiration and success to many people such as Metallica. They followed the America dream and have become one of the most successful and influential metal band of all time and continue to hold that spot throughout the years as the keep playing and
When delving into the song and trying to grasp the meaning, it can be understood that the author really desires to be free and go back home to where he belongs and desires. The author or writer of the song does not like the idea of slavery, nor does he like being a slave himself, his perspective on the topic shows that he is not happy about the current situation and no one should because of how cruel slavery is. The author also uses certain rhetorical strategies, one of them being metaphors. They can be used to explain his sadness and other feelings he has about the topic of slavery. An example of this is,
Some people who became American didn't always have the perfect life, especially when it is taking place by individuals who struggled their whole life in a disadvantaged society. As a matter of fact they migrate to the United States so they can live their dream and to be able to acquire being called an American. Not only do they move, but also abandon everything in their old home, and move to the United States to start a new life. Sometimes children are left behind so their parents can come to the land of dreams. Due to that the many children are left without their parents in their life's. Therefore, the American dream is necessary for them because they don't have many things in their hands, such as clothing, wealth, an opportunity in life and a different lifestyle. They also look at many Americans in some countries and assume everything is simpler in the United States. Therefore, the desire of being an American can provoke into having various emotions. Occasionally when they don’t feel like they have reached their target, they may receive it in as their way of life is gone and turnover on their dream. But that’s not what an American is, an American is someone who is hardworking, shows patriotism to their country and freedom.