Q. What is the origin of the “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” song?
A. Tim Nyberg’s definitive text, “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall: The Complete Lyrics,” was published in 2006, but the song has been around since at least the early 20th century.
Folk historians report that this immortal — or is it interminable? — ditty is similar to a traditional British children’s song, “Ten Green Bottles,” only soaked in more alcohol.
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