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Thursday, April 23, 2009


Happy Birthday To You

"Happy Birthday to You" is an
American song which is sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person's birth. Non-English speakers have translated it into other languages.

The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was written by American sisters
Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893 when they were school teachers in Louisville, Kentucky. The verse was originally intended as a classroom greeting entitled "Good Morning to All".

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "Happy Birthday to You" is among the top three most popular songs in the English language, along with "Auld Lang Syne" and "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." One of the most famous performances of "Happy Birthday to You" was Marilyn Monroe's rendition to U.S. President John F. Kennedy in May 1962.

"Good Morning to All" lyrics

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to all.
"Happy Birthday to You" lyrics
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear (name)
Happy Birthday to you.

This traditional version of the song generally known is actually the chorus to the original. The first verse goes like this...

So today is your birthday
That's what I've been told
What a wonderful birthday
Now you're one more year old
On your cake there'll be candles
All lighted, it's true
While the whole world is singing
Happy Birthday to you ....

Some add another phrase to the end, sung to the same tune:

How old are you now,
How old are you now,
How old are you (name),
How old are you now.

Many alternate versions exist, most commonly sung as a joke, for example:

Happy Birthday to you,
You live in a
You look like a
And you smell like one, too.

And the other version of the above:

Happy Birthday to you,
I went to the zoo,
I saw a big monkey,
And I thought it was you.

Some versions of the song add the line "And many more" as the final lyric.

Happy Birthday to you
You live in a zoo,
You look like a goat
And you chew like one, too