"Happy Birthday" as written by Martin Kierszenbaum and Jinho Hakim Ferreira....
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Happy birthday.

Happy
Happy birthday in a hot bath
To those nice
Nice nights.
I remember always
Always I got such a fright.
Seeing them in my dark cupboard with my great big cake.
If they were me
If they were me
And I was you and I was you
If they were me and I was you
Would you have liked a present too.

Happy
Happy birthday in a hot bath

Happy birthday
Happy birthday


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"Happy Birthday" as written by Jacob Anderson Francis Anthony White

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    My InterpretationThis is about getting out of a bath into a nice night on your birthday & finding your friends hiding in a closet with your birthday cake. I'm assuming she's naked which is why she got 'such a fright!'. But she is asking if she was the one in the closet with a cake & you were the one getting out of the bath, would you also have enjoyed the surprise, inferring that she enjoyed it. Pretty quirky but great tiny vocals & Japanese sounding atonal guitar chords in this one with a punk spine. Great little song. Took me a while to work out what the hell it was about. Still not 100% certain.
    @nthonyon April 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics don't seem complete, but I'd have to listen again. I don't actually own this song yet.

    Also, the guitars aren't technically atonal--they could be seen as a punk take on jazz. In the chorus, the higher-sounding guitar is a seventh chord, possibly an A7, played in both bars, with the bass slashed in the first bar, playing a D, and not slashed in the second. I haven't worked out exactly what's going on in the verses as of this writing, but I think it's a D or Dsus4 with an occasional maj7 in the lead guitar and vocal lines. Incidentally, the bass plays a line, but the fundamental points are the same notes in both the verse and chorus--D and A. So, basically, the high guitar is just two chords with a modern twist, typical of the post punk bands that kept to the punk aesthetic but threw in more sophisticated elements to keep things interesting.

    Her vocals are deliberate--she can actually sing quite well, but would often sink the notes in a cutesy pop twist on blues, or switch to something closer to being spoken. She doesn't sound sad on this song, but compare her delivery here with "I Could Be Happy," and you can see what I mean. She ends up sounding very girl-next-door and charming, and she can make you want to sing along with her.
    maddpsyintyston April 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTaking a really hot bath is an old wives method of getting rid of an unwanted pregnancy.
    madbollieon August 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI always thought this wasn't about a current/recent birthday, but about remembering birthdays as a little girl. Everything is exciting and scary and funny at the same time when you're a kid, and birthdays just turn it up to 11. To a little kid, a birthday cake is huge, the cupboard is a place of mystery, and presents are the greatest thing in the universe. And describing a startle as "such a fright" is pretty child-like as well.

    And that fits in with the childish voice she used on this song—but then she used that voice on most of this album (as opposed to the second album, where she sang most of the songs more coquettish-cute than little-girl-cute), so maybe it's not worth reading too much into that.
    falcotronon May 31, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is a song about masturbation, sung to a potential lover. I think the reference to the hot bath is the "direct" reference, and when she talks about "to those nice nice nights", I think the operative word is "to", as in, she's remembering past boyfriends. Remembering past birthdays in which, metaphorically-speaking, they're in her "dark cupboard" with a "great big cake".

    I think the chorus is meant to say, "would you like me to think of you, too?"
    Nerdianon August 18, 2016   Link

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