A tedious tune and puerile lyrics - especially when compared with those songs sung in other countries, such as Greece where the birthday boy or girl is serenaded with words which can be (roughly) translated as follows:
Long may you live [Name]However, “Happy Birthday to You” does, it seems, have its uses --- at least according to a news story this week (endorsed by various medical websites) which claimed that it is the perfect timing-device by which to ensure that you have washed your hands long enough to get them really clean.
And may you live many years;
May you grow old
With white hair
May you spread out everywhere
The light of knowledge
And may everybody say
There, he/she is a wise man/woman.
Apparently, you simply lather up and sing “Happy Birthday to You” through TWICE -- and not too fast -- and you will have hands that are guaranteed germ-free!
And if you really can’t bring yourself to perform your ablutions while singing such a tiresome little ditty, then there is an alternative, equally cleansing number, that goes like this…
Row, row, row your boatSo, pick your song and off you go and get scrubbed up!
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.