Beethoven’s Fifth

This is clearly the ultimate party song of all time.  It is an instrumental, but clearly it is about a fifth of whiskey, rum or vodka as I don’t think that tequila was invented back them.  The term ‘fifth, comes from the days when bottles were 4/5 of a quart, which is the same as 1/5 of a gallon.  The term fifth is no longer used as a measure of bottle sizes and thus it is somewhat archaic.  Doing the math, 1/5 gallon equals 4/5 quart which is 25.6 ounces, which is all so very close to 750ml (or 25.4oz) and that is still used to describe this bottle size.  I heard that the first time this song was performed an assistant came out and told the audience that Ludwig sent his apologies because he was not going to make it.  He then signaled the musicians to start playing as he sang:
He drank a fifth
Too many shots
Ludwig just fell down again
Out on the floor
He is out for good this time
Real party guy
His masterpiece
Short, short, short, long
Ludwig’s Fifth Sym… pho…ny!
Rhythm pattern

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