A Reddit discussion about this song recently brought to light something that many of us don’t know: How does the dang song end?
You know the lyrics to 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, and continue to count downwards until 1… right? Wrong. There’s a little more to it than that.
First off, the song is an anonymous folk song dating back the mid-20th century in the United States. It derives from another folk song called Ten Green Bottles, which is native to the United Kingdom but a lot less fun than beer.
So what’s the actual ending?
After reaching one bottle of beer, the official website for the song states:
No more bottles of beer on the wall, no more bottles of beer.
Go to the store and buy some more, 99 bottles of beer on the wall…
Who knew? Now you do!
That’s not the end, that’s where the second round starts.
So maybe it’s more like The Song That Never Ends.