It is used both melodically and rhythmically, for example as a door knock. The final words may also be "get lost", "drop dead" in Australia , [ citation needed ] or some other facetious expression. In England, it was often said as "five bob" slang for five shillings , although words are now rarely used to accompany the rhythm or the tune. The same notes form the bridge in the "Hot Scotch Rag", written by H. Fischler in An early recording used the 7-note tune at both the beginning and the ending of a humorous song, by Billy Murray and the American Quartet, called " On the ". In his novel, Hizzoner the Mayor , Joel Sayre wrote of boats "tooting the official Malta welcome blast to the tempo of 'Shave-and-a-haircut-two-bits, shave- and-a-haircut-two-bits, shave-and-a-haircut-two-bits', which was soon taken up by every craft in the harbor that had a boiler",  indicating that the tune was already associated by that time with the lyric. The former prisoner of war and U.
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