For he’s a jolly good fellow 这首生日歌

今天上教堂,刚好是牧师的 50 岁生日,会众在散会前,唱了生日快乐歌。户外水仙花随风摇曳,暖风飘送花香,平日严肃的教会,今早春意浓得化不开。

喝茶处,请牧师切生日蛋糕。他的刀子才一落下,大家不约而同都唱起了这首歌:For he’s a jolly good fellow (他真是个好人)。这首歌的曲调来自法国,歌词很简单,就是:他真是个好人,大家都这么说,无人可否认,他真是个好人。

这首歌,我只听过旋律,歌词是今天才第一次听到的。我孤陋寡闻,现在才知道,这首歌,是英语世界里的第二流行名曲,仅次于 Happy Birthday to you(祝你生日快乐)。排行第三的,是那首新年歌 Auld Lang Syne (友谊万岁;友谊地久天长)。

For he’s a jolly good fellow (他真是个好人),在欢庆场合上,都可以唱,而且一定要合唱才好玩。

在电影里,在生日的场合上,有时候,不唱   Happy Birthday to you (祝你生日快乐), 而是 For he’s a jolly good fellow (他真是个好人),为什么呢?那是因为 ,Happy Birthday to you (祝你生日快乐)这首歌,原来是有版权的。这样的歌才两句话,就有版权?(Happy birthday to you 唱两次, Happy birthday dear XXX,Happy birthday to you.)果真如此。1935 年,版权属 Summy 公司,1990,版权由华纳公司购买。欧洲的版权,有效期到  2016 年底;美国的版权,有效期到 2030 年。也就是说,在公众场合演出 Happy Birthday to you (祝你生日快乐)这首歌,是要付版权费的。

现在,就来听一听这首免付费的快乐歌 --For he’s a jolly good fellow (他真是个好人)吧!

For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause), and so say all of us
And so say all of us, and so say all of us
For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause), and so say all of us!
For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause), which nobody can deny
Which nobody can deny, which nobody can deny
For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause), which nobody can deny!

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Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

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