Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 14:03:39 +0200
From: David Sutcliffe
Subject: Re: regional distribution

Just to confirm Dan Goodman's remarks on 99 bottles of beer, etc.
In England the song is:
Ten green bottles hanging on the wall (2 reprises)
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
There'd be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.

Lisa Gilbert, a colleague originally from Washington DC, sang her
version to me ( the New York variant with "bottles subjunctively
falling"). The British tune is different: slower because there aren't so
many words to squeeze in. Lisa's theory, incidentally, is that the Uk
version has only 10 green bottles because average car journeys are much
shorter there.But who knows what happened to the beer.

David Sutcliffe