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Happy Birthday Song

The melody of “Happy Birthday to You” was written by American sisters Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893 when they were school teachers. This song is copyrighted, so unauthorized public performances of the song are technically illegal.

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.”

“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 ….

(then what we know as Happy Birthday is sung as the chorus)

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.

You can get more interesting details about “Happy birthday to you” song by visiting Wikipedia website.

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