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Apr 4, 2017 2:02 PM

NH man sings ode to frustrations of waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth

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A New Hampshire man spent his time waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth by penning a song.

Ricky Reilly, of Farmington, sings about the frustration that many have expressed on social media after hours of watching video of April, who has still not given birth.

The video stream began back in February but zoo officials at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., do not know exactly how far along she is in her pregnancy. The zoo gives daily updates and said on Tuesday that she has been ignoring grain and her back end swell is "noticeably larger."

Reilly said that the lyrics came quickly in the shower after one of his friends suggested he write a song.

"My fiance had been really, rally watching very adamantly and one of my friends was like, 'write a song about the giraffe,'" Reilly told NH1 News on Tuesday. "I said, 'I don't know if I can write it quick enough,' but then the chorus just popped right into my head in the shower. I finished the song within 15 minutes."

Reilly said the recording he posted to YouTube on April 1 was one of the first takes and reaction has been overwhelming.

"I posted it to one of the giraffe sites, and it has been just fantastic," he said. "I could not believe it. I couldn't keep up with all the comments. I had 200 likes in 10 minutes."

Reilly, who is 30, said he has been writing and recording music since he was 15 or 16. He's lived in Farmington most of his life and went to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He plans to post the single "I'm Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe)" to his website - possibly by this weekend. And said if you like that single, you can follow him on Instagram @RickyReilly to hear more.

And when he's not writing songs and waiting for April to give birth, he's busy with his job as a nuclear mechanic at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

If you are one of the millions of people who have been eagerly waiting April's baby's arrival, the zoo has also set up labor alerts, where people who can't watch can sign up for text alerts on April's progress.

Here's Reilly's song "I'm Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe)" and the lyrics:

Little tiny baby giraffe
Look at all of the friends that you have
There's no reason to be scared
So won't you pop on out of there
And put an end to my endless waiting
Because I'm going crazy

I'm going crazy waiting over here
I'm going crazy waiting over here
I just keep waiting, waiting until I finally hear
When I won't be going crazy over here

Little tiny baby giraffe
you're making April and Oliver
Wait far too long young lad
Were all waiting and prepared
So won't you pop on out of there
And put an end to our endless waiting
Because were going crazy

We're going crazy waiting over here
We're going crazy waiting over here
We just keep waiting, waiting until we finally hear
When we won't be going crazy over here

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