Dig and be Wealthy: "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)"
Just hearing the title of the song "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)" makes you think of hope, happiness and wealth.
The song's title shares the name and the theme of the movie, Gold Diggers of 1933. A part of the song played and served as the opening sequence in the movie. This part was sung by the iconic Ginger Rogers with a chorus.
The song was written by Al Dubin (born Alexander Dubin, 1891– 1945), a legendary film musician and lyricist. The tune and music was the work of Harry Warren (born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna, 1893 – 1981). Since its release and appearance in the film, the song is considered as a standard, and the melody became a household tune. Future covers include Bing Crosby (1954), Rosemary Clooney (1996) and Cherry Poppin' Daddies (2016).
From its lyrics and title, the song centers about gold and the broader aspect of wealth. The song tells the reversal of fortunes after the Great Depression. It reflects the actual history as people have begun to hope and become positive in 1933 and began to recover from the brink of Depression. The song depicts the joy and anticipation to get wealth.
Al Dubin wrote the lyrics in the song, along with four other songs for the movie. He hailed from a Russian Jewish family who came from Switzerland and emigrated to the United States. His home was in Philadelphia. He had two spouses, Helen McClay (1921–1943) and Edwina Coolidge (1943-1943). Out his two marriages, he only had two children, with his son Simon Joseph after four days of birth.
He met the composer Harry Warren in 1925 while in Dublin. He and Warren collaborated on many songs for films at Warner Bros. studio in Hollywood. His first collaboration with Warren was "Too Many Kisses in the Summer Bring Too Many Tears in the Fall." But, his most significant hit," A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You" was a collaboration with another composer, Joseph Meyer.