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"For He's A Jolly Good Fellow"

A song which is sung to congratulate a person on a significant event, such as a retirement, a promotion, a birthday, the birth of a child, or the winning of a championship sporting event.

The melody originates from that of the French song "Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre." The traditional children's song, The Bear Went Over the Mountain is sung to the same tune.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" is the second-most popular song in the English language, following "Happy Birthday to You" and followed by "Auld Lang Syne."

It is frequently used instead of "Happy Birthday to You" in films and TV to avoid possible copyright issues.

The tune was originally composed the night after the Battle of Malplaquet in 1709.

The British and American versions can be combined, normally with "and so say all of us" in the middle of the verse, and "which nobody can deny" at the end.

The above readings have been mainly extracted from the Wikipedia web site, the free encyclopedia.

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