270px-birthday_candlesThanks to sisters Patty and Mildred Hill who back in 1893 wrote the song “Happy Birthday to You”, it is the most recognized song in the English language and has been translated into at least 18 other languages. Patty was a school teacher and Mildred played the piano. Together they put together this wonderful song that is sung daily year after year.

Oddly enough the song and lyrics were never copyrighted. It wasn’t until 2015 after years in the courts that a decision was made that the song was considered a “public domain” and royalties did not have to be paid. So sing away!

“Happy birthday to you”

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear [NAME]
Happy birthday to you

The person whose birthday is being celebrated is filled in for “[NAME]”. The earliest known publication used “John” as the example.

Lyrics with melody

\relative c' { \key f \major \time 3/4 \partial 4 c8. c16 | d4 c f | e2 c8. c16 | d4 c g' | f2 c8. c16 | c'4 a f | e( d) bes'8. bes16 | a4 f g | f2 \bar "|." } \addlyrics { Hap -- py birth -- day to you, Hap -- py birth -- day to you, Hap -- py birth -- day dear [NAME], __ Hap -- py birth -- day to you. }

Info from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Birthday_to_You