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Song Lyrics in German and English

Happy Birthday in German
English Translation


NOTE: This literal, prose English translation of the German song lyrics is provided for educational use only. No infringement of copyright is implied or intended. Also see the original German lyrics.

SONG BACKGROUND

Although the English version of "Happy Birthday to You" remains the most common song heard at German birthday parties, this song is one of the few German birthday songs to gain widespread popularity in the German-speaking countries. More...

DEUTSCH > German lyrics for this song


Wie schön, dass du geboren bist
“How nice that you were born”

Music and lyrics: Rolf Zuckowski - Additional lyrics by Ursula Dümmer

Literal, prose translation of the German lyrics

Today it can rain,
storm or snow,
because you yourself are beaming
like sunshine.
Today is your birthday,
that's why we're celebrating.
All your friends,
   are happy for you.

Refrain:
How nice that you were born,
   we would have really missed you otherwise.
   how nice that we're all together;
   we congratulate you, birthday child!

Our good wishes
have their purpose (reason):
Please stay long
happy and healthy.
Seeing you so happy,
is what we like.
There are tears
   enough in this world.

Refrain:
How nice that you were born,
   we would have...

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
that doesn't really matter,
but your birthday comes only
once a year.
So let us celebrate,
until we're exhausted,*
Today there's dancing,
   singing and laughter.

Refrain:
How nice that you were born,
   we would have...

Another year older,
(but) don't take it so hard,
because when it comes to aging
you can't change anything anymore.
Count your years
and always remember:
They are a treasure,
   that no one can take from you.

Refrain:
How nice that you were born,
   we would have really missed you otherwise.
   how nice that we're all together;
   we congratulate you, birthday child!

*German idiom: "arbeiten, dass die Schwarte kracht" = "to work until one drops, lit., "to work until the rind cracks"

DEUTSCH > Original German lyrics for this song


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