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Steve Parkes Origins: Shave and a Haircut (Two Bits) (16) RE: Origins: Shave and a Haircut (Two Bits) 11 Jul 16

This doesn't answer your question voyager, but the rhythm is well-know in the UK in more than one form. The 'shave & a haircut' part is often used for knocking on doors; I know it was familiar in WWII radio programmes, and 'two bits' would usually be knocked in response. Verbally, it goes 'How's your father?' -- 'All right!'

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