Who Knew There Are So Many Songs About Rabies?

Who Knew There Are So Many Songs About Rabies?
Centers for Disease Control Library

Monday night, as the crickets sang sweet songs into the early fall air, Rocks Off hung a wreath made of rubber bats on our door, and wrapped up copies of Old Yeller and Cujo to surprise our young daughter with when she awoke the next morning.

Ahhh, is there any holiday quite like World Rabies Day?

The holiday was launched in 2007 by the Alliance for Rabies Control to help spread awareness of the disease. Though it is 100% preventable through vaccination, a person dies of the disease every ten minutes. Almost half of those deaths are children. More than 70 countries participate in World Rabies Day with charity walks, festivals, parades and seminars.

Rocks Off helps to spread the word by not wearing shoes and belting out rabies carols while we're out walking our foaming Boston Terrier, Molly She's not rabid, just has too much spit in her mouth. Here are five of our favorites.

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Attomica, "Rabies": Did you know there's an Encyclopedia Mettalum? Well there is, and if you need to look up an obscure Brazilian thrash-metal band from the '80s then you are freakin' set! The band is still out there, still kicking, and still belting out this high-energy ode to rabies.

Himrawn, "Rabies" (parody of Justin Bieber's "Baby"): You have no idea how great it was to type the word "rabies" in the same sentence as "Justin Bieber." Rocks Off's new life goal is to get "wood chipper" in there as well. This song is a sweet number designed to show all you rabid honeys out there that there are still some sweet, sensitive artists yearning to be gnawed upon by you.

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