Song has been around since at least the early 20th century.
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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