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Happy Birthday Song
Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday song

We have the happy birthday song in several languages: spanish version, french version, german version and the dutch version! And of course the traditional lyrics. In case you don't remember the melody, or want to listen to some alternative versions we have some videos.

Traditional lyrics

The original lyrics of the happy birthday song:Play the happy birthday song video

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear (name)
Happy Birthday to You.

From good friends and true,
From old friends and new,
May good luck go with you,
And happiness too.

Alternative ending:
How old are you?
How old are you?
How old, How old
How old are you?

If you don't like this version there are a lot of alternatives. Pick the version you like most and which fits the party!

How to use

Often the song "Happy Birthday to You" is sung on a birthday, to the birthday person by all the guests. The birthday person sits in front of a table with a birthday cake with candles on it. The number of candles is the same as the age of the birthday person. After singing the song it is tradition in many countries that everyone says "Hip Hip, Hooray!" three times. The birthday person will be asked to make a silent wish and has to blow out all the candles. When the candles are blown out, the first piece of cake will be served to the birthday person. 

History of the song

The song "Happy Birthday to You" is also known as "Happy Birthday". It's traditionally used to celebrate someones birthday. The lyrics are translated into more than 20 languages (for example: spanishfrenchgerman, and dutch). "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow".

The melody is composed for the song "Good Morning to All". Written and composed by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893. Patty was a kindergarten principal and Mildred was a pianist and composer. The sisters composed the song, so it was easy to be sung by young children.

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to all.

The first known version of "Happy Birthday to You" is from 1912. 

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