Published at Friday, December 15th 2017. by Ora Lamb in Happy Bitrthday.
In this same year the song was published in the songbook Song Stories for the Kindergarten. The song proved to be very popular and underwent some small changes to lyrics over time, though always based upon a greeting song for either teachers to students, or changed from students to teachers.
This all came to a head when Irving Berlins musical As Thousands Cheer used and didnot credit the Good Morning to All melody, the third hill sister called Jessica who administered the copyrights for her sisters filed a suit, and by being able to demonstrate concrete and undeniable similarities between Good Morning to All and Happy Birthday to You in a court of law she was able to obtain the copyright for Happy Birthday to You for her sisters as well.
If you are putting together a birthday party in your home, decorate the place to the nines, with intertwined rolls of crepe paper hanging from the rafters, and with three-foot high letters spelling out Happy Birthday! stretched across the room. Decorate the party table with colorful paper plate and cups and napkins, just for the sheer cheerfulness of the things.
Here are the birthday song lyrics as we know them these days:
Get a large piece of Styrofoam board for every four guests. Paint each board a different color, solid red or blue, for example. Now, use a bread knife to cut the boards into strange shaped pieces. For 4-5 year olds, three pieces is enough. 6-8 year olds can handle four or five, and from there on up, six or seven pieces should work.
Happy Birthday, dear (insert name here),