When you wake up sun will shine.
We will not go under any cloud.
Let balloons go up in town,
ring out every bell.
Happy birthday, beautiful,
all the birds of this day
sing a song, sing a song.

Dream of trains carrying you
through the state parks with the cherry flowers.
When you wake up it will be
the beginning of the world.
Happy birthday, beautiful,
in the fields of this day
hear a song, hear a song.

Oh, undeserved sweetness and light,
stay by my side.
We will go out in the morning now,
a crown of maple leaves, a crown of flowers
circling your sweet head.
Happy birthday, beautiful,
in the streets of this day
play a song, play a song.


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Happy Birthday song meanings
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    General Commentthis song is so simply beautiful. it gives me goosebumps. it makes me think of a mother singing to her as-of-yet unborn child, the hope of it all.
    giselitapron June 04, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a song about Jesus:

    When you wake up sun will shine / it will be the beginning of the world
    - When Jesus grew up, He rose from the dead ("woke up"), which denoted new life for Christians and showed that He is God and was around since the beginning of time

    We will not go under any cloud / Let balloons go up in town, ring out every bell.
    - People all over the world come out to rejoice because Jesus "woke up" from the dead

    The third stanza points to Jesus the most:

    Oh, undeserved sweetness and light, stay by my side
    - The singer urges Jesus, whose love she doesn't deserve, to stay with her all through life

    We will go out in the morning now, a crown of maple leaves, a crown of flowers circling your sweet head.
    - Instead of the crown of thorns that surrounded His head during death, He now has a crown of flowers and leaves to show His new life

    Happy birthday, beautiful
    - People celebrate His birthday on Christmas and the beautiful new life He gives them on Easter

    I love the reverent, awe-struck tone through the whole song :) It's fits beautifully for any birthday, but interpreting it as Jesus' makes the whole thing connect in a cool way!
    Myrtilleon August 06, 2012   Link

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