THE way to sing Happy Birthday to You

Birthday cake

On the south side of Chicago, my family would always sing a second part of the song Happy Birthday to You. First we would sing the standard:

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday dear Chriiiiiiiiiiis,

Happy birthday to you!

Then immediately after that, we would pick it up a notch, speed up the rhythm of the song and sing, and sing with more intensity this part:

Many more birthdays to you,

Many more birthdays to you,

Many more birthdays dear Chriiiiiiiis,

Many more birthdays to youuuuuuuuuuuuu!

And yes, the “youuuuuuuuu” part would be sung until all the candles are blown out. My family ROCKS! In fact, now when I sing happy birthday with other people, it’s always shocking how people do not sing this second stanza. So I quietly sing it to myself, or be a dork and sing it out loud.

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16 years ago

the “many more birthdays” verse is essential. Some people like bounce up and down in their seat while singing the “many more birthdays” verse. Such activity is strongly encouraged.

Tom Saaristo
16 years ago

Wow! How totally informative! I love this!

Leigh Hanlon
16 years ago

We always sang a higher-class version of the song… Happy birthday to you You live in the zoo You look like a monkey And you smell like one, too

16 years ago

i only know of the monkey birthday song to be sung in a extremely fast-paced manner either directly before or directly after the traditional happy birthday song has been sung. I have never heard of someone singing the monkey version at the same pace that the traditional song is sung. This is truly remarkable.

14 years ago

Nice! I didn’t know that this song has continuation. My torrents files search engine . Hope you will have a look

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