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|First of May|
- The chorus is a variation on an old folk/schoolyard rhyme, "Hooray, Hooray, the first of May! Outdoor fucking starts today!" In an April 10, 2007 blog post, JoCo credited John Hodgman with the idea for the song, and mentions that the modern dirty rhyme derives from an older, traditional dirty rhyme. Commenters Mike and Bry tracked the reference down to a poem in Another Almanac of Words at Play by Willard R. Espy.
- The poem which Espy cites, in turn, derives from ancient Pagan customs celebrating fertility on the eve of Beltane, the Celtic name for the month of May.
- James Taylor and the Bee Gees have also recorded songs by the same title. Taylor's song explores some similar themes with less explicit language, while the Bee Gees' song is a love song lamenting the passage of time.
- One of the six songs listed on the oldest archived version of Jonathan's website.
- On May 1st 2008, Spiff started the First of May Olympics, based on the song.
- "First of May" is listed as a "funny song" on Jonathan Coulton's Listening Suggestions page.
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