Ten Green Bottles

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Green bottles on a wall.

"Ten Green Bottles" is a song that is popular in the United Kingdom.[1] In essence, the song is a single verse repeated, each time with one bottle fewer:[2]

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

This pattern continues until the number of bottles reaches zero. The final verse ends with "There’ll be no green bottles hanging in the wall."[2]

The word "standing" or "sitting" is sometimes substituted for "hanging". Various other versions of the lyrics exist, many of them vulgar or satirical.

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  1. ^ "Counting songs: Ten green bottles". Schools Radio: Audio resources for primary schools. BBC. 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Ten Green Bottles". Kididdles. Retrieved October 9, 2015.