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Happy Birthday

The Arrogant Worms


Intro:  / G - - - / - - - - /


G (2)

Once a year we celebrate

          C                     G
With stupid hats and plastic plates

         G (2)
The fact that you were able to make

              C                     G (hold)
Another trip around the sun

G (2)
And the whole clan gathers round

        C                       G
And gifts and laughter do abound

       G (2)
And we let out a joyful sound

       C                      G (hold)
And sing that stupid song

           G              C                            G (2)
Happy birthday!  Now you're one year older!
           G                    C                  G (2)
Happy birthday!  Your life still isn't over!

           G                    C                           G
Happy birthday!  You did not accomplish much

 G (2)
But you didn't die this year

    C                           G
I guess that's good enough


/ G - - - / - - - - / C - - - / G (hold) /

     G (2)
So let's drink to your fading health

        C                        G
And hope you don't remind yourself

         G (2)
The chance of finding fame and wealth

     C                         G (hold)
Decrease with every year

        G (2)
Does it feel like you're doing laps

        C                      G
And eating food and taking naps

         G (2)
And hoping that someday perhaps

        C                            G (hold)
Your life will hold some cheer

           G                       C                            G (2)

Happy birthday!  What have you done that matters?

           G                         C                  G (2)
Happy birthday!  You're starting to get fatter

           G                    C                        G
Happy birthday!  It's downhill from now on

   G (2)
Try not to remind yourself

         C                         G
Your best years are all gone

/ G - - - / - - - - / C - - - / G (hold) /


       G (2)
If cryogenics were all free

          C                         G
Then you could live like Walt Disney

       G (2)
And live for all eternity

     C                  G (hold)
Inside a block of ice

 G (2)
But instead your time is set

       C               G
This is the only life you get

          G (2)
And though it hasn't ended yet

          C                         G (hold)
Sometimes you wish it might

           G                     C                            G (2)
Happy birthday!  You wish you had more money

           G                    C                      G (2)
Happy birthday!  Your life's so sad it's funny

           G                       C                           G
Happy birthday!  How much more can you take?

  G (2)
But your friends are hungry

            C                    G
So just cut the stupid cake

           G (2)                      A7 (2)
Happy birthday!  Happy birthday!
           C (2)         D7 (2)

Happy birthday, dear...

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.