The Happy Birthday
Megan Slankard
from: A Token of the Wreckage

updated June 10, 2015

tuning DADF#DE
capo 5

Dmaj7		X02200
Dmaj7/A		2X2200
Dmaj7/G		0X2200
D		X02300
A		222222
G		000000 (options: 000300 and 000355)
GaddD		000300
Dmaj7sus4	XX0354

(Dmaj7 = this Dmaj7 to D pattern played for intro and verses)

---0-0-0--0---0-0-0--0--
---0-0-0--0---0-0-0--0--
---2-2-3--2---2-2-3--2--
---2-2-2--2---2-2-2--2--
---0-0-0--0---0-0-0--0--
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(verse 1)
Dmaj7        Dmaj7/A        Dmaj7/G
I kicked the can across the yard 

           Dmaj7/G
But that’s another story

Dmaj7       Dmaj7/A     Dmaj7/G
How dare it  rain     today 

        Dmaj7/G
On your birthday party 

D                       Dmaj7/A 
   It was stiller than a winter day, now it's

D                       Dmaj7/A 
            subtle as a wrecking train

D                       Dmaj7/A     GaddD
      As lonely as this God-damned  space 

         GaddD                 GaddD      
Waiting for it to get started 


(chorus)
G                D
What to get for you 

            A
I wish that I was cool 

       G                      G
And I wish I had a million dollars, too 

D                   A               G
    But, I guess until I turn that way

G             D        A      G    G
I’ll just say Hey-yeah-ah pee-ah  Birthday to you 

D          A      G           D
  Hey-yeah-ah pee Birthday to you 

(lead)
--------0-----------------------0-----------------------------
------0----4-2-0-----0-5------0---4-2-0-----0-5---------------
----0--------------0--------0-------------0-------------------
--2--------------2--------2-------------2-------2-2-2---------
------------------------------------------------------4-2-0---
--------------------------------------------------------------

(verse 2)
Paper plates will catch the wind 
Blowing off the T A B L E 
Plastic spoons and sporks 
Watch them sail 
As the day gets started 

A box of Pandora’s things 
Or the world’s largest ball of string 
But I can’t think of anything 
To get you for this party 

(chorus)
What to get for you I wish that I was cool 
And I wish I had a million dollars, too 
I guess until I turn that way 
I will say Happy Birthday to you 
                    Dmaj7sus4
Happy Birthday to you 

(bridge)  
(play each chord at the * )
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-------4-----------4---------2-----------0---------0--
-----3-----------3---------3-----------0---------2----
--------------2----------0-----------0---------2-----
--0---------4----------2-----------0----------------
---------------------------------0----------0-------
Time*   fades like*    pencil sketches all these*    years* 
Your birthday is here* 

(verse 3 - half verse)
D                       Dmaj7/A 
     Buying pieces of the moon
D                       Dmaj7/A  
     Or a first edition Dr. Seuss
D                       Dmaj7/A    GaddD 
     Or a big vanilla ice cream   scoop
              GaddD          GaddD
     Bring it to the party 

(chorus 2)
What to get for you I wish that I was cool 
And I wish I had a million dollars, too 
Because then there’s more that I could bring 
But I’ll just say Happy Birthday to you 
Happy Birthday to you


The Happy Birthday
Version 2:
Standard tuning
No capo

Dmaj7   	xx0222 
D       	xx0232
Dmaj7sus4	XX0789

The song uses the pattern below for the verses: Dmaj7 and D played rhythmically throughout.
The bass line can be picked out by barring the Dmaj7 with 1st finger and adding the d-note 
on the 2nd string with 3rd finger to make the D chord, and leaving the 2nd finger free to reach 
the g-bass note. 
For an easier version to play, just substitute D for Dmaj7, A for Dmaj7/A, and G for Dmaj7/G.

---2-2-2--2---2-2-2--2--
---2-2-3--2---2-2-3--2--
---2-2-2--2---2-2-2--2--
---0-0-0--0---0-0-0--0--
----------------------
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Dmaj7        Dmaj7/A        Dmaj7/G
I kicked the can across the yard 

           Dmaj7/G
But that’s another story

Dmaj7       Dmaj7/A     Dmaj7/G
How dare it  rain     today 

        Dmaj7/G
On your birthday party 

Dmaj7                    Dmaj7/A 
   It was stiller than a winter day 

         Dmaj7              Dmaj7/A 
Now it’s       subtle as a wrecking train

Dmaj7                   Dmaj7/A     Dmaj7/G
      As lonely as this God-damned  space 

         Dmaj7/G               Dmaj7/G    Dmaj7/G
Waiting for it to get started 



G                D
What to get for you 

            A
I wish that I was cool 

       G                      G
And I wish I had a million dollars, too 

D                   A               G
    But, I guess until I turn that way

G             D        A      G    G
I’ll just say Hey-yeah-ah pee-ah  Birthday to you 

D          A      G           D
  Hey-yeah-ah pee Birthday to you 

(lead)
--------5----------------------5-----------------------
------3---5-3-----3-3--------3---5-3-----3-------------
--2-4---------2-4-----2--2-4---------2-4---2-2---------
-----------------------------------------------4-2-0---
-------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------


Paper plates will catch the wind 
Blowing off the T A B L E 
Plastic spoons and sporks 
Watch them sail 
As the day gets started 

A box of Pandora’s things 
Or the world’s largest ball of string 
But I can’t think of anything 
To get you for this party 

What to get for you I wish that I was cool 
And I wish I had a million dollars, too 
I guess until I turn that way 
I will say Happy Birthday to you 
                    Dmaj7sus4
Happy Birthday to you 

(bridge)
(play chords at the *)
------2-------2-------2---------3-----------
----3-------3-------3---------0---------2---
----------2-------0---------0---------2-----
--0-----4-------2---------0-----------------
--------------------------------------------
------------------------3----------3--------
Time*  fades like*  pencil sketches all these*  years* 
Your birthday is here 

Buying pieces of the moon 
Or a first edition Dr. Seuss 
Or a big vanilla ice cream scoop 
Bring it to the party 

What to get for you I wish that I was cool 
And I wish I had a million dollars, too 
Because then there’s more That I could bring 
But I’ll just say Happy Birthday to you 
Happy Birthday to you





***This represents my own interpretation of the music. 
Comments and suggestions for improvement are appreciated.  
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- Chris Faust