Happy happy oh my friend
Blow out candles once again
Leave the presents all inside
Take my hand and let's take a ride

Backwards down the number line
You were eight and I was nine
Do you know what happened then
Do you know why we're still friends

Laughing all these many years
We've pushed through hardships tasted tears
We made a promise one to keep
I can still recite it in my sleep

Every time a birthday comes
Call your friend and sing a song
Or whisper it in to his ears
Or write it down just don't miss a year

You decide what it contains
How long it goes
But this remains
The only rule is it begins
Happy happy oh my friend

You decide what it contains
How long it goes
But this remains
The only rule is it begins

And all my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends

You decide what it contains
How long it goes
But this remains
The only rule is it begins
Happy happy oh my friend

You decide what it contains
How long it goes
But this remains
The only rule is it begins

And all my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends

And all my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends come
Backwards down the number line

All my friends


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    General CommentTrey debuted this one at the Rothbury Festival on July 6, 2008. Tom wrote it and mailed to Trey on his birthday. Alaska was also debuted at this time. Mike plays bass as well. Worth the download. Enjoy!
    inourdron August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought that the song is written for Tom Marshall, childhood friend of Trey's and longtime phish lyricist. It is a description of the tradition that the two of them have had since they were 8 and 9. On the other guy's birthday, they either call, write down, or sing in person a new birthday song each year. The only rule is that the SONG begins,
    "Happy, happy, oh my friend". Hence the lyrics, the writer/singer decides what it contains, how long, etc. Song was written because the two had a small falling out following the apparent demise of phish in 2004
    taylor720on August 20, 2009   Link

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