The SCA Happy Birthday Song

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This version sourced from The Mangy Mongol songbook, page 76, AS XLIII.

Tune: Volga Boatmen

Lyrics

Happy Birthday! (UHH!) Happy Birthday! (UHH!)
Gloom, destruction and despair
People dying everywhere
Happy Birthday! (UHH!) Happy Birthday! (UHH!)

May the candles on your cake
Burn like cities in your wake

Your servants steal, your wife's untrue
Your children plot to murder you.

They stole your gold, your sword, your house
They stole your sheep, but not your spouse.

Black Death has just struck your town
You yourself feel quite run-down.

Were I sitting in your shoes,
I'd go out and sing the blues

May your deeds with sheep and yaks
Equal those with sword and axe

Indigestion's what you get
From the enemies you 'et

Burn the Castle and storm the keep
Kill the Women but SAVE THE SHEEP

This one lesson you must learn,
FIRST you pillage, THEN you burn.

Tho you're turning 29
Age to you is like fine wine

Now you've lived another year
Age to you is like stale beer.

So another year has passed
Don't look now they're gaining fast!

See the wrinkles on your face
Like the patten of fine lace

Long ago your hair turned grey
Now it's falling out, they say.

Now you are the age you are,
Your demise cannot be far.

I'm a leper, can't you see
Have a birthday kiss from me.

We brought linen, white as cloud
Now we'll sit and sew your shroud!

It's your birthday never fear
You'll be dead this time next year.