Happy Birthday



You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you would agree
It couldn't fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

I just never understood
How a man who died for good
Could not have a day that would
Be set aside for his recognition
Because it should never be
Just because some cannot see
The dream as clear as he
that they should make it become an illusion
And we all know everything
That he stood for time will bring
For in peace our hearts will sing
Thanks to Martin Luther King

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Why has there never been a holiday
Where peace is celebrated
all throughout the world

The time is overdue
For people like me and you
Who know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all God's children
It should be a great event
And the whole day should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who lived and died for the oneness of all people
So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out don't hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Ooh yeah
Happy birthday...

We know the key to unity of all people
Is in the dream that you had so long ago
That lives in all of the hearts of people
That believe in unity
We'll make the dream become a reality
I know we will
Because our hearts tell us so


Lyrics by:
Stevie Wonder

Available on:
Never released on an official album.

Details:

 

With Golden Greats, Ian has tried to make an LP with a summer feel to it, in the vein of Stevie Wonder's 'Hotter Than July.' Ian's live cover version of the closing track of this Stevie Wonder album, on several of his Golden Greats shows, is testament to this. Also, his cameo drum solo on his Music Of The Spheres tour was most probably inspired by Stevie Wonder's own ventures towards the drum stool during live performances.

Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday is a plea for the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (15th January) to be celebrated as a national holiday. It was approved by United States President Ronald Reagan, signing it into existence on 2nd November 1983. The first official Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (held annually on the third Monday in January), took place on 20th January 1986, and was commemorated with a large-scale concert, where Stevie Wonder was the headlining performer.


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