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Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???

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NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER


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Subject: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Blind Drunk in Blind River
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 03:44 PM

Okay, like, this has gotta be my favourite song, eh? Me and my buddies all know it, and we chug beers whele we sing it, eh? I've got the whole song, mamorized, eh? Cos I'm smarter than the average moose. Okay, so maybe you don't know it. It goes like this, eh?

99 bottles of beer on the wall
99 bottles of beer
Take one down (pop!), Pass it around (CHUG!!!)
98 bottles of beer on the wall

So, like, you keep singin' it, and counting down, and chugging, till all the beer is gone...or till you lose count, eh?

So, like, who wrote it? And when? It's been around ever since I remember, and I've got a memory like...well, it's like...whayddya call that animal that...you know...aw fer chrisake!

Well, anyway, who wrote it? I gotta know.

- BDiBR


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 03:48 PM

There were four Marines sitting in Tun Tavern in 1776 doing recruiter duty - By the time the ditty was done they had a full company :-)


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: MMario
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 03:52 PM

As I understand it it derives from an old, old OLD song.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Bert
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 03:55 PM

Probably a derivitive of the English song ten green bottles. Of course Americans have to be bigger and better than anybody else.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 04:03 PM

Seems like almost everybody sings:
Take one down and pass it around
The way I learned it in Wisconsin was
If one of those bottles should happen to fall...
In Wisconsin, people don't actually drink beer (except during the two-week summer season in August) - beer is what they sell to everybody else. I don't know if it's still true, but there was a time when Wisconsinites drank more brandy than the rest of the United States combined. It warms the innards.
-Joe Offer, now living in California where they make the brandy-


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Bert
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 04:24 PM

Aha! Joe, that ties it in closer to the "and if one green bottle should accidently fall" of Ten Green Bottles.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: MMario
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 04:40 PM

I learned it Joe's way, sing it the other way.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 04:47 PM

Perpetual motion:

"99 bottles of Bud on a wall,
99 bottles of Bud-
Take one down....put it back up
99 bottles of Bud...."


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Metchosin
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 04:49 PM

dear misser drunk in bline river, I can't get pashed sheventy two... Can you? How dosh the song end...I forget...


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Midchuck
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 04:52 PM

We sang it in the summer camp I was in the year I was 10. I'm 59.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: MMario
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 05:01 PM

I used to use it as a timer song when doing long distance traveling. It took 500 bottles to get from the town line to the NY Thruway. and another 450 to get to the dorm.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 05:33 PM

Sang it in my childhood in Minnesota as "If one of those bottles should happen to fall". And I'm 70 now.

Clearly written by some unknown lyric genius.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: hesperis
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 05:37 PM

How *does* it end? I always get really bored and go elsewhere before the song finishes - actually, before the verse finishes. I hate beer, and I'm short on patience. (This is the only time you'll hear me admit to being "short" on anything!)


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Burke
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 06:01 PM

Minnesota & Wisconsin both specialize in 3.2 "beer" you may as well drop it on the floor.

How does the 10 green bottle song go?


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Snuffy
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 06:03 PM

999 sticks of dynamite standing on the wall
And if 1 stick of dynamite should accidentally fall,
There'd be no f***ing dynamite
AND NO F***ING WALL.!


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Gary T
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 06:06 PM

If I remember correctly, the comic strip "Funky Winkerbean" attributes the song to that marvelous composer, Clyde Barrow.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: SeanM
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 06:15 PM

My more morbid youth had...

"99 bottles of arsenic on the wall, 99 bottles of arsenic, Take one down, pass it around..........."

MUCH shorter and less likely to get you beaten severely on a long trip.

M


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: kendall
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 07:41 PM

One of the songs I truly hate. Especially when sung by someone who cant carry a note with a co-signer.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 07:51 PM

I think it was written by the same fellow that wrote "Five Little Monkeys".

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: sophocleese
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 08:12 PM

We always referred to the "take one down, put it back, 100 bottles of beer on the wall." as the teetotaller or methodist version.

We always sang the dynamite version to the tune of ten green bottles. 100 bottles of beer is a much simpler tune so can last a lot longer.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Blind Drunk in Blind River
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 10:33 PM

Hey, this is cool, eh? I didn't know about the 10 green bottles one. Decent, man! But with beer, ten bottles ain't enough, not near enough, spedcially in Blind River, eh?

Hesperis! Whaddya mean you hate beer???? What kind of flippin loser are you anyway? How ya gonna meet cool dudes like me if you hate beer? Geez! Gimme a break, eh?

Snuffy! Dyanmite don't work that way. You gotta light it. Although, I hear if it's really old...then maybe, cos the saltperter or whatever gets old, so, like then it's unstable, eh? Then maybe. I tried it once on my brother Don. Dropped it on his head from the overpass when he was driving with the top down. It didn't work, but it did knock the joint out of his mouth, and he just about hit the abuttment. I laughed so hard I almost croaked. Then the f*cker lit the thing and threw it at me, but fortunately he had lousy aim. It fell in the river. Too bad, eh? No big boom. It's probaboly a good thing, cos the cops have enough reasons to bug us anyway as it is...

Metchosin! 72 is not bad, but I made it to 46 one time. My brother Don says he made it to 42, but he lies like a rug. He didn't never make if past 55. I swear.

- BDiBR


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 10:57 PM

Someone who was either very wealthy - or who bought very cheap beer!

PB


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Nancy King
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 11:04 PM

Somebody WROTE "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall"??? Who would write such a thing? I always thought of it as a genuine folk song. I learned it as a very young child, not exactly at my parent's knee, but rather from behind them, in the back seat of the car. My father was a very patient man and endured many interminable renditions.

The other similar song I remember from the same time and circumstances is:

There were ten the bed and the middle one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one rolled out,
There were nine in the bed and the middle one said
(etc.)

Of course you could start with way higher numbers, but it scans better and is a much more tolerable song if you limit yourself to ten. Hadn't thought of these for a loooonnnnggg time!

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 11:17 PM

I think you've really hit it Nancy...............I mean, who the hell cares??? Here's a list of possibilities I have researched:

A. An asshole who should be dragged behind a Kenworth.
B. A huge asshole who should be shot and dragged behind a Kenworth for 50 miles.
C. A complete and total asshole who should be shot, drawn and quartered, and dragged behind a Kenworth for 100 miles.
D. An ignominious asshole of major proportion who should be shot, drawn and quartered, set on fire, and dragged behind a Kenworth for 500 miles.
E. ALL OF THE ABOVE

Please vote your choice as this is a music site and we need a definitive answer.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 11:35 PM

and it is people like ME who wonder why the damn beer was on a WALL, anyway...why not in the 'fridge?

"...you take one out, and pass it about..."


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Nancy King
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 12:45 AM

Bill, maybe that's the UK connection; they like it warm. --Nancy


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 09:26 AM

GUEST Blind said: "Snuffy! Dyanmite don't work that way. You gotta light it."

Au contraire, mon frere! What dynamite is, is nitroglycerine absorbed in fullers earth. Nitroglycerine itself is VERY unstable, and the function of the fuller's earth is to damp that shock sensitivity down. If it's fresh and has been stored right dynamite is fairly stabl. When stored it has to be turned over from time to time, as the nitroglycerine settles to the lower side over time, and it gets more sensitive.

In normal usage, one has to insert a blasting cap in the end of the stick of dynamite. When the blasting cap is set of (by fuse or by electricity), the resulting explosion sets off the dynamite.

But if the dynamite is old and/or hasn't been stored right, dropping it is dangerous.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 09:37 AM

This is ok, but finite. You get to the end eventually (or theoretically). Is there a US equivalent of "One man went to mow"? You could really do some travelling on that!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: kendall
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 09:53 AM

Spaw, I would add to any of those..while, Marymac sings 100 bottles of beer...etc.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 10:08 AM

Get to the end. you just start again. If you really want to. A handy kind of song for anyone who hates people singing songs, because it can stop a sing-song debeloving like hitting a brick wall.

Now the ones that are fun are the cumulative ones like The Barley Mow or the Bog down in the Valley-o, or even Old MacDonald, where it gets more complicated as it goes along.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: sian, west wales
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 11:33 AM

My grampa wrote verse 37.

sian


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 11:42 AM

"If that one bottle should happen to fall
There's no more bottles of beer on the wall!
Awwwwwwww Shit!!!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Troll
Date: 26 Jan 01 - 10:58 PM

sian LOL

troll


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Big Red
Date: 27 Jan 01 - 01:03 AM

I am suprised that no one has asked the obvious question: Is it a true folk song?


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 Jan 01 - 01:58 AM

Well lessee............Its stood the test of time, in a manner of speaking...........known and sung by lots of people.........has undergone the oral/aural process and assorted changes which have personalized it but left it basically intact..............unknown authorship with no obvious motivation for financial gain or recognition.........yeah, its a folk song.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Jan 01 - 02:19 AM

(if i wrote it, i wouldn't claim it.........)


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,SingSong
Date: 27 Jan 01 - 03:22 AM

Hey BDiBR Guest,

On some Canadian comedy disc my hockey lovin' husband acquired on a recent trip to Canada (eh!) there was the Alcoholics Anonymous Version:

99 bottles of beer on the wall... Have a cup of coffee and try not to think about it, 99 bottles of beer on the wall!

-Maybe it's from Radio Free Vestibule - and while you're at it, check out the track called "Bulbous Bouffant". It makes my weak with laughter, but then I'm easily amused!

SingSong Susan


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Corinne
Date: 27 Jan 01 - 07:47 AM

Anybody know this one?? I think it's relatively new.

I am slowly going crazy, 1,2,3,4,5,6, SWITCH! Crazy going slowly am I, 6,5,4,3,2,1, SWITCH!

etc., etc., forever and ever...

Corinne


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Blind Drunk in Blind River
Date: 27 Jan 01 - 01:36 PM

Catspaw49??? Hey man, you are like one strange dude, but I like your way of thinkin, eh? I mean about like dragging the asshole behind the Kenworth, eh? I'm stuck between C and D, cos I'm not sure about "ignomininous". What does it mean?

Anyway, it's a pretty cool idea, I mean the whole list, and there are plenty of total dipwads in this town that I would like to do it to, like...

My brother Don. My stepdad. The neighbours. The cop that took my license away. Make that ALL THE COPS! The people at the variety store who won't give me credit no more on my smokes. The old lady who keeps complaining about our music being too loud when it's up to flippin ELEVENNNNN!!!! ROCK ONNNNN!!!!

Like I said, cool idea, eh?

Only why for the guy who wrote 99 Bottles of Beer? He was a flippin genius, man! And it had to be a guy, cos no skank could ever come up with a song like that. Not even a nice girl could. Girls ain't got talent for stuff like that. I mean, can you imagine flippin Celine Dion singin' 99 Bottles of Beer???? I can't.

Shania Twain, maybe though, cos Shania is cool. She is no skank. I'm gonna name my daughter after her. She's from Timmins, eh, which is no Blind River, but it's still not bad, eh?

BDiBR

p.s. So the dhynamite does get unstable when it's old, eh? GeeZ!!! I darn near coulda blown up my brother that time, but I guess the stuff wasn't that old yet...Wow! Close call, man! I gotta have a cold beer and think about that. Heavy, man.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Blind Drunk in Blind River
Date: 29 Jan 01 - 03:10 PM

Okay, I guess there's no offishal writer for 99 Bottles of Beer, eh? That means it's one of them songs that is in the pubic domain.

Well, thanks anyway, and the 10 Green Bottles one is a cool connection.

- BDiBR


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: IanC
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 12:30 PM

Shock, Horror!!!

According to this site "10 Green Bottles" is now officially ancient ... I quote ...

The song that sparked academic acrimony is an unlikely bone of contention: the English ditty Ten Green Bottles, a variant of which is well known in North America as 100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.

In all previously known versions of the English song the verses count down to "no green bottles" from the figure 10, thus:

"Ten green bottles hanging on the wall
Ten green bottles hanging on the wall
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
There'd be nine green bottles hanging on the wall . . ."

However, in September, 1998, a French scholar, Pierre d'Ouidlede, announced the discovery of a page of poetry manuscript, apparently dating from the late 14th century, containing what seems to be an early version. Allowing for changes in language between the Chaucerian age and our own, the scheme of the song seems unmistakably the same:

"Syxthene boetell gryne
Yhangen, Yhangen
Yhangen, Yhangen
Syxthene boetell gryne
Doonfal won
Syxthene boetell gryne
Yhangen, Yhangen
An . . ."

Frustratingly, the manuscript breaks off at that point. Nevertheless, musicologists were immediately abuzz at discovering that one of the best-known songs in the English language was some five centuries older than previously thought.



;-^


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 12:40 PM

A related question is the circular type of song: "This is the song that never ends..." and its kin.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: annamill
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 01:23 PM

I think I can shed some light on this particular subject. In a former life, I belonged to the pharoahs(sp) beer making slaves. After a really good batch, (it was a new art and not quite perfected yet) some of us were chosen as testers. We would be given 100 bottles which, of course, were lined up against the wall. We would then each take one bottle and pass it around and each give our thoughts on that bottle. Well, we had to keep count somehow!!

Bye the way. If any of us were still standing when that last bottle went down, it was considered an imperfect batch and the brewer was punished. Sometimes we went down on purpose. But only if the brewer was a good guy, and the beer was tasty.

There you are!

Love, Annamill


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 05:36 AM

I tried to contact Professor Sephten Sprake here at the Open University (he is Course Director for A371: Folk Music and the Lower Orders, 1830-1900), but he's doing a stint as Ethno-musicologist In Residence at HMP Bedford until Christmas. But Prof Sprake's secretary looked up the blue clicky, and said "How much credence should we give to a man with name like 'Brett Shatner'?"

Steve


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Subject: Lyr Add: 99 BOTTLES OF BEER
From: toadfrog
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 03:34 PM

A search on the web uncovered 82 references to this song, none of which, unfortunately, disclosed the author. Mostly it is of interest to computer programmers, who develop programs dedicated to singing all the verses. The lyrics, which I believe are not on DT as yet, go:

NINETY-NINE BOTTLES OF BEER

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall.
98 bottles of beer on the wall, 98 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 97 bottles of beer on the wall.
97 bottles of beer on the wall, 97 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 96 bottles of beer on the wall.
96 bottles of beer on the wall, 96 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 95 bottles of beer on the wall.
95 bottles of beer on the wall, 95 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 94 bottles of beer on the wall.
94 bottles of beer on the wall, 94 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 93 bottles of beer on the wall.
93 bottles of beer on the wall, 93 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 92 bottles of beer on the wall.
92 bottles of beer on the wall, 92 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 91 bottles of beer on the wall.
91 bottles of beer on the wall, 91 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 90 bottles of beer on the wall.
90 bottles of beer on the wall, 90 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 89 bottles of beer on the wall.
89 bottles of beer on the wall, 89 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 88 bottles of beer on the wall.
88 bottles of beer on the wall, 88 bottles of beer, take one down pass it around, 87 bottles of beer on the wall.
87 bottles of beer on the wall, 87 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 86 bottles of beer on the wall.
86 bottles of beer on the wall, 86 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 85 bottles of beer on the wall.
85 bottles of beer on the wall, 85 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 84 bottles of beer on the wall.
84 bottles of beer on the wall, 84 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 83 bottles of beer on the wall.
83 bottles of beer on the wall, 83 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 82 bottles of beer on the wall.
82 bottles of beer on the wall, 82 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 81 bottles of beer on the wall.
81 bottles of beer on the wall, 81 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 80 bottles of beer on the wall.
80 bottles of beer on the wall, 80 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 79 bottles of beer on the wall.
79 bottles of beer on the wall, 79 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 78 bottles of beer on the wall.
78 bottles of beer on the wall, 78 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 77 bottles of beer on the wall.
77 bottles of beer on the wall, 77 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 76 bottles of beer on the wall.
76 bottles of beer on the wall, 76 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 75 bottles of beer on the wall.
75 bottles of beer on the wall, 75 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 74 bottles of beer on the wall.
74 bottles of beer on the wall, 74 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 73 bottles of beer on the wall.
73 bottles of beer on the wall, 73 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 72 bottles of beer on the wall.
72 bottles of beer on the wall, 72 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 71 bottles of beer on the wall.
71 bottles of beer on the wall, 71 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 70 bottles of beer on the wall.
70 bottles of beer on the wall, 70 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 69 bottles of beer on the wall.
69 bottles of beer on the wall, 69 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 68 bottles of beer on the wall.
68 bottles of beer on the wall, 68 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 67 bottles of beer on the wall.
67 bottles of beer on the wall, 67 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 66 bottles of beer on the wall.
66 bottles of beer on the wall, 66 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 65 bottles of beer on the wall.
65 bottles of beer on the wall, 65 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 64 bottles of beer on the wall.
64 bottles of beer on the wall, 64 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 63 bottles of beer on the wall.
63 bottles of beer on the wall, 63 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 62 bottles of beer on the wall.
62 bottles of beer on the wall, 62 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 61 bottles of beer on the wall.
61 bottles of beer on the wall, 61 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 60 bottles of beer on the wall.
60 bottles of beer on the wall, 60 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 59 bottles of beer on the wall.
59 bottles of beer on the wall, 59 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 58 bottles of beer on the wall.
58 bottles of beer on the wall, 58 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 57 bottles of beer on the wall.
57 bottles of beer on the wall, 57 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 56 bottles of beer on the wall.
56 bottles of beer on the wall, 56 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 55 bottles of beer on the wall.
55 bottles of beer on the wall, 55 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 54 bottles of beer on the wall.
54 bottles of beer on the wall, 54 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 53 bottles of beer on the wall.
53 bottles of beer on the wall, 53 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 52 bottles of beer on the wall.
52 bottles of beer on the wall, 52 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 51 bottles of beer on the wall.
51 bottles of beer on the wall, 51 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 50 bottles of beer on the wall.
50 bottles of beer on the wall, 50 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 49 bottles of beer on the wall.
49 bottles of beer on the wall, 49 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 48 bottles of beer on the wall.
48 bottles of beer on the wall, 48 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 47 bottles of beer on the wall.
47 bottles of beer on the wall, 47 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 46 bottles of beer on the wall.
46 bottles of beer on the wall, 46 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 45 bottles of beer on the wall.
45 bottles of beer on the wall, 45 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 44 bottles of beer on the wall.
44 bottles of beer on the wall, 44 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 43 bottles of beer on the wall.
43 bottles of beer on the wall, 43 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 42 bottles of beer on the wall.
42 bottles of beer on the wall, 42 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 41 bottles of beer on the wall.
41 bottles of beer on the wall, 41 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 40 bottles of beer on the wall.
40 bottles of beer on the wall, 40 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 39 bottles of beer on the wall.
39 bottles of beer on the wall, 39 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 38 bottles of beer on the wall.
38 bottles of beer on the wall, 38 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 37 bottles of beer on the wall.
37 bottles of beer on the wall, 37 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 36 bottles of beer on the wall.
36 bottles of beer on the wall, 36 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 35 bottles of beer on the wall.
35 bottles of beer on the wall, 35 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 34 bottles of beer on the wall.
34 bottles of beer on the wall, 34 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 33 bottles of beer on the wall.
33 bottles of beer on the wall, 33 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 32 bottles of beer on the wall.
32 bottles of beer on the wall, 32 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 31 bottles of beer on the wall.
31 bottles of beer on the wall, 31 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 30 bottles of beer on the wall.
30 bottles of beer on the wall, 30 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 29 bottles of beer on the wall.
29 bottles of beer on the wall, 29 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 28 bottles of beer on the wall.
28 bottles of beer on the wall, 28 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 27 bottles of beer on the wall.
27 bottles of beer on the wall, 27 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 26 bottles of beer on the wall.
26 bottles of beer on the wall, 26 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 25 bottles of beer on the wall.
25 bottles of beer on the wall, 25 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 24 bottles of beer on the wall.
24 bottles of beer on the wall, 24 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 23 bottles of beer on the wall.
23 bottles of beer on the wall, 23 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 22 bottles of beer on the wall.
22 bottles of beer on the wall, 22 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 21 bottles of beer on the wall.
21 bottles of beer on the wall, 21 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 20 bottles of beer on the wall.
20 bottles of beer on the wall, 20 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 19 bottles of beer on the wall.
19 bottles of beer on the wall, 19 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 18 bottles of beer on the wall.
18 bottles of beer on the wall, 18 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 17 bottles of beer on the wall.
17 bottles of beer on the wall, 17 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 16 bottles of beer on the wall.
16 bottles of beer on the wall, 16 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 15 bottles of beer on the wall.
15 bottles of beer on the wall, 15 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 14 bottles of beer on the wall.
14 bottles of beer on the wall, 14 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 13 bottles of beer on the wall.
13 bottles of beer on the wall, 13 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 12 bottles of beer on the wall.
12 bottles of beer on the wall, 12 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 11 bottles of beer on the wall.
11 bottles of beer on the wall, 11 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 10 bottles of beer on the wall.
10 bottles of beer on the wall, 10 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 9 bottles of beer on the wall.
  9 bottles of beer on the wall, 9 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 8 bottles of beer on the wall.
  8 bottles of beer on the wall, 8 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 7 bottles of beer on the wall.
  7 bottles of beer on the wall, 7 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 6 bottles of beer on the wall.
  6 bottles of beer on the wall, 6 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 5 bottles of beer on the wall.
  5 bottles of beer on the wall, 5 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 4 bottles of beer on the wall.
  4 bottles of beer on the wall, 4 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 3 bottles of beer on the wall.
  3 bottles of beer on the wall, 3 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 2 bottles of beer on the wall.
  2 bottles of beer on the wall, 2 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around, 1 bottle of beer on the wall.
  1 bottle of beer on the wall, 1 bottle of beer, take one down, pass it around, no more bottles of beer on the wall.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Barracuda d'Morte
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 03:52 PM

Our pirate group sings it as "99 Kegs of Ale in the Hold"


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: toadfrog
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 05:22 PM

A close cousin of the song is the children's version of Yidl mitn Fiedl:
TSEN BRIDER,
Tsen brider zenen mir gevezn
Hoben mir gehandlt vayn,
Zenen eins vun unz geshtorbn
Zenen mir geblibn nayn. [Etc.]

Remaining words are on THIS SITE. It is amazing how many of these children's themes are cross-cultural. American children sing:

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home,
Your house is on fire, your children will
Burn.

German children:

Flieg, kaefer, flieg!
dein Vater ist im Krieg!
die Mutter ist im Pommerland,
Pommerland ist abgebrannt!


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: toadfrog
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 05:45 PM

Found the complete song on Zemerl:
Tsen Brider

         Music:
                                                                              Ellstein

         Tsen brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt in vayn.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn nayn.
         Nayn brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt in frakht.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn akht.
         Yidl mitn fidl, Gedalye mitn bas
         Shpil-zhe mir a lidl oyfn mitn gas.
         Ay ay ay ay ay, ay ay ay ay ay
         Shpil-zhe mir a lidl oyfn mitn gas.
         Akht brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt mit ribn.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn zibn.
         Zibn brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt mit gebeks.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn zeks.
         Zeks brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt mit shtrimp.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn finf.
         Finf brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt mit bir.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn fir.
         Fir brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt mit tay.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn dray.
         Dray brider zenen mir geblibn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt mit blay.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Zenen mir geblibn tsvay.
         Tsvay brider zenen mir gevezn,
         Hobn mir gehandlt mit bayner.
         Zenen ayns fun undz geshtorbn,
         Bin ikh mir geblibn nor nokh ayner.
         Ayn brider bin ikh mir geblibn,
         Handl ikh mit likht.
         Shtarbn tor ikh yedn tog
         Vayl tsu esn hob ikh nish

Translation:
We were ten brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in wine.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Nine of us remained.
                                                                           We were nine brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in freight.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Eight of us remained.
                                                                           Yidl with your fiddle,
                                                                           Gedalye with your bass
                                                                           Play a little tune for me
                                                                           In the middle of the street.
                                                                           We were eight brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in beets.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Seven of us remained.
                                                                           We were seven brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in baked goods.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Six of us remained.
                                                                           We were six brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in hose.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Five of us remained.
                                                                           We were five brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in beer.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Four of us remained.
                                                                           We were four brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in tea.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Three of us remained.
                                                                           We were three brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in lead.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           Two of us remained.
                                                                           We were two brothers,
                                                                           We dealt in bones.
                                                                           One of us died,
                                                                           I am left alone.
                                                                           I remain the only brother,
                                                                           I deal in candles.
                                                                           I die every day
                                                                           Because I have nothing to eat.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Art Thieme
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 09:11 PM

When our son was born we started to sing, "Minus one bottles of beer on the wall..."---------and so on...

We are now down to two billion eighty-seven million and 23------with no sign of ending it. Our granddaughter was born two years ago----and I suspect her kids will take up the challenge just like she will. We always were a rather backward family.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 01:27 AM

If I may quote BDiBR, who hasn't been on the 'Cat lately, and may again be a "guest" of the boys in blue...or then again could just be sleeping off a hard stint of seducing the local canines, etc...or whatever...

"TOTALLY DECENT, MAN!!! ROCK ON!!!!!"

Eh?

- LH


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 03:15 AM

I notice that no-one has yet mentioned "One man went to mow" yet. In that case, I ... won't either.

Steve

P.S. On checking, I find that I mentioned it last year. Just goes to show.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 03:52 AM

Toadfrog:

How does it feel
To be on your own
With no directions known
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Now I can forgive you for not having a life...but not for telling us all how it ends! Shame, shame.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 12:09 PM

Pedant's Alert! That's "direction"...

- LH


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Freso
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 01:03 PM

And there's ofcourse the infamous, classical Discordian hymn which bears a close resemblance to '99 Bottles of Beer', it goes like this:

Infinity bottles of beer on the wall,
infinity bottles of beer.
Take one down, pass it around.
Infinity bottles of beer on the wall.
[repeat until dead.]

And it goes by the title of 'Infinity Bottles of beer on the Wall'. Enjoy! :)


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 01:19 PM

Time to retire the "beer" version. This is the day of sophisticated mini-brews. Too expensive for 10- let alone 99- bottles.


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Freso
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 01:59 PM

How 'bout infinite bottles then, guest? *grin*


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 03:44 PM

Infinite bottles of beer??? Sounds like BDiBR's idea of heaven...

- LH


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Freso
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 04:08 PM

Heh, as long as he doesn't digest any, or at least not too many, Hot Dog Buns, Eris might just grant him that! *chuckle*


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: GUEST,Sober in College (??!!)
Date: 31 Oct 02 - 06:20 PM

A note from the younger crowd:
When I was in 6th grade and coming back from a week-long outdoor education trip, I annoyed my fellow students by singing 100 bottles of beer on the wall the entire way. My method of continuing was to run it something like this:

(100.....1) bottles of bear on the wall
One bottle of beer,
take it down pass it around, no bottles of beer on the wall.

0 bottles of beer on the wall
0 bottles of beer,
Drink some down,
as you pass one around,
-1 bottles of beer in the room
(continue to -100)
    (this is assuming that you took them down, but didn't DRINK it originally)

-100 bottles of beer in the room,
-100 bottles of beer,
Buy one more, bring it on in,
-99 bottles of beer in the room.
(continue to -1 bottles)
-1 bottles of beer in the room;
-1 bottles of beer;
buy one more, bring it on in,
-0 bottles of beer in the room.

0 bottles of beer on the wall
0 bottles of beer,
take the tag off,
put it on up,
1 bottle of beer on the wall.
(continue to 100....repeat from top)


*shrug* Like I said, I was trying to annoy them; I made it down, back up, and had gotten back down to 47 bottles by the time we returned to my school--meanwhile, people had tried everything they could think of to stop me, including "The Song that Never Ends"...lucky that I'm not affected by that one. To put it mildly, everyone was rather glad to get off of the bus.
Anyway, the other thing I remember from elementary school/junior high was the variant,
0 bottles of beer on the wall,
0 bottles of beer,
throw some back up,
put the cap on,
1 bottle of throw-up on the wall.

SOC


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Subject: RE: Who wrote '99 Bottles of Beer', eh???
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 01 Nov 02 - 04:05 AM

LH: Absolutely right. Shame on me!

Aloha,
Mark


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