The Birth of The Happy Birthday Song

When it comes to a birthday, there are few ways of saying that it’s time for cake, but it is known to everyone who is young or old, that all you have to do is start singing the Happy Birthday song and soon the cake with candles will appear.

The song is made of four bars and only about sixteen words. It is a very simple song, but it impacts millions of people everyday. It is engrained in our childhood memories and is passed down to the following generations.

Most of the time, it is sung in English, however, there are many languages that translate this song, even if the country or culture is not use to using English celebrations.

The Hill sisters composed the tune, -Happy Birthday To You-, in 1893. Originally the schoolteachers wrote the tune to a song entitles -Good Morning To You- and was sung to
the classroom every morning.

Fun Facts!

Did you know that the value of the song is estimated about $5 million, but the fact is that it is not clear as to who wrote the song?

Due to strict copy law issues since 1935, many people who were shooting a film would not show the full content of the song, and that is why you’ll often see them singing another song (For He is a Jolly Good Fellow) instead of singing the birthday song.

In 2016, however, the Happy Birthday Song was declared to no longer be under copyright law and is now in Public Domain.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Happy Birthday is the most popular song in the English Language.

Here are the complete lyrics to the Happy Birthday Song:
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.

How old are you now?
How old are you now?
How old, How old
How old are you now?

Of course there are variations having to do with looking like a monkey and the scents they produce 😉