Main Piece: Happy Birthday Song
“Happy birthday, happy happy birthday, we’re in love with you, so in love with you,
May happiness be near throughout the coming year
And all the best to you and all the best to you
May you keep on smiling everyday
And all your troubles fade away
And may you never ever ever be blue
So happy birthday (name)
Happy happy birthday to youuu youuuuu youuuuuuuuu!”
This was taught to L when she was a child by her Uncle and Aunt. They made it up because they thought that the normal happy birthday song was much too dull.
Context of the Performance:
This is sung when it is somebody’s birthday at the same time as when people would normally sing the well known happy birthday song. Usually, this occurs when the birthday cake is brought out to the person whose birthday it is.
I like this version of the happy birthday song better than the well known version of the happy birthday song because it is more lively and interesting. It is a little bit more complex than the original version of the happy birthday song; however, it is not overly complicated and still easy for people to learn in a short period of time. Additionally, this song mentions that the singers are in love with the birthday recipient and therefore I presume that it is only sung to people that the birthday recipient is very close with because singing this birthday song to somebody that you are not familiar with would not be as comfortable.