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Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns of the Day

GUEST 17 Aug 03 - 11:07 AM
Jim Dixon 22 Aug 03 - 09:13 AM
GUEST,lindyhopgirl 18 Jul 08 - 08:02 PM
Jim Dixon 21 Jul 08 - 07:10 AM
Jim Dixon 22 Jul 08 - 10:19 PM
GUEST,Michael Gallego 12 Nov 08 - 07:12 PM
GUEST,999 27 Dec 09 - 02:40 AM
GUEST,pamela moscare-odejerte, borongan city, PI 06 Oct 10 - 09:52 PM
catspaw49 07 Oct 10 - 12:57 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns Of The Day
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Aug 03 - 11:07 AM

Does anyone know the lyrics to this song?

Many Happy Returns of the Day
Words by Al Dubin and Alfred Bryan
Music by Joe Burke
1931

Sung by Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee, even by Alfalfa in a "Little Rascals" (Our Gang) episode.

And it is not these lyrics.
http://www.mudcat.org/Detail.CFM?messages__Message_ID=853266

Thanks
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns Of The Day
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 09:13 AM

Yahoo! Shopping > Music has sound samples of 2 recordings, one by the Washboard Rhythm Kings from 1931 and another Dixieland version by the Bourbon Street Stompers. Unfortunately, neither sample contains any words.

The WRK version (which definitely sounds like the more interesting of the two) starts out with a little scat singing, leading me to suspect that some words may come up later in the recording. Here's the track listing for the album, "Washboard Rhythm Kings, Vol. 1"

1. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
2. Minnie the Moocher
3. One More Time
4. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
5. A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid
6. Every Man for Himself
7. Please Tell Me
8. You Rascal You
9. Crooked World Blues
10. Call of the Freaks
11. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
12. Because I'm Yours Sincerely
13. Star Dust
14. You Can't Stop Me from Loving You
15. Boola Boo
16. Who Stole the Lock
17. Blues in My Heart
18. Just One More Chance
19. Many Happy Returns of the Day
20. Shoot ' Em
21. Wake 'Em Up
22. Georgia on My Mind
23. Pepper Steak
24. If You Don't Love Me

There's another album by Kay Starr, called "Superb Starr", listed at Barnes&Noble, which contains the song. I transcribed these words from a sound sample there:

... but I still wish you luck with a heart that's sincere.
I won't bring any presents to you.
I ... [There were a few more words, unintelligible to me.]

Unfortunately, searching for those words with Google still didn't bring up any results.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY
From: GUEST,lindyhopgirl
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 08:02 PM

I have this album (WRK) and here are the lyrics from this version as near as I can tell:

Many happy returns of the day,
And there isn't much more I can say.
I recall with a tear you've been married one year,
But I'll still wish you love with a heart that's sincere.
I would bring any presents to you,
I gave you up (?), what more could I do?
I'll just send a bouquet, with a card that will say,
Many happy returns of the day.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 07:10 AM

These lines are quoted in With a Crooked Stick: The Films of Oscar Micheaux by J. Ronald Green, Indiana University Press, 2004, page 142:

Many happy returns of the day,
And there isn't much more I can say.
I recall with a tear you've been married I hear,
But I still wish you love with a heart that's sincere.
I won't bring any present to you.
I gave you up. What else could I do?
I'll just send a bouquet, with a card that will say,
"Many happy returns of the day."

Other sources say the song was written by Joseph Burke and Al Dubin.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 10:19 PM

The Red Hot Jazz Archive has a playable recording of MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY by Eddie Peabody, from which I transcribed this:

Many happy returns of the day,
And there isn't much more I can say.
I recall with a tear you've been married a year,
But I do wish you luck with a heart that's sincere.
I won't bring any presents to you.
I gave you up. What more could I do?
I'll just send a bouquet, with a card that will say,
"Many happy returns of the day."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns Of The Day
From: GUEST,Michael Gallego
Date: 12 Nov 08 - 07:12 PM

Pls. send me a song lyrics of many happy returns of the day.
Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns of the Day
From: GUEST,999
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 02:40 AM

Many Happy Returns of the Day was also done by Kate Smith in 1931. The song is credited to Al Dubin and Joe Burke only. See pic of the sheet music cover at this site.

Below that pic the following is posted:

"TITLE: Many Happy Returns of the Day

PUBLISHER: M. Witmark and Sons of New York City

COPYRIGHT DATE: 1931

RECORDING (or) PERFORMING ARTIST: Kate Smith

WORDS AND MUSIC BY: Al Dubin and Joe Burke"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns of the Day
From: GUEST,pamela moscare-odejerte, borongan city, PI
Date: 06 Oct 10 - 09:52 PM

Many Happy Returns of the Day (Lyrics)

Many happy returns of the day
That is all our hearts can say
On your birthday our dear
We have nothing to give
But our love that is true and sincere

May this love be our presents to you
Take us dear and say you love us too
On your sweet natal day we will silently pray
Many happy returns of the day.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns of the Day
From: catspaw49
Date: 07 Oct 10 - 12:57 AM

What the hell does the expression really mean? What's a happy return?   Why would I wish someone a bunch of them? Why not just say Happy Birthday? I know what that means at least. Personally, I don't want to have any happy returns. I want some gifts that I won't have to return, happy, sad, or otherwise! Maybe you should just give me money...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Many Happy Returns of the Day
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 05:45 PM

Well, I guess it means, "May this day happily return many times for you," in other words, "May you have many more birthdays (or anniversaries), and may they all be happy."

But I agree, it's an awkward phrase, and I don't think I would ever use it.


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