Mr & Mrs Al Smith

My South Boston grandmother looked a lot like Mrs Smith. (Library of Congress)

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His campaign song, ‘The Sidewalks of New York,’ still moves me as ‘Dixie’ moves a Southerner.

~ Dean Acheson, A Democrat Looks at His Party, 1955

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And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods?

~ Thomas Babington Macaulay


2 responses to “Mr & Mrs Al Smith

  1. Four or five years ago, “The Sidewalks of New York” was dumped as the signature song for Belmont Stakes. This unfortunate step was made worse by the choice , as the replacement, of a song that begins with “Start spreading the news…” (Not clear if this is another fruit of Vatican II.)

  2. “The Sidewalks of New York” on homemade calliope:

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