生日快樂歌的由來是什麼呢?


  那日與酒友蘭也同看《革命前夕的單車日記》時,發現阿根廷唱生日快樂歌的曲調跟我們也是一樣的,不由得好奇這首全球共同傳唱的生日快樂歌,到底是怎麼來的呢?

  答案:
  這首歌是由美國人米爾德力和帕蒂‧希爾兩姊妹共同製作出來的。這對姊妹一位是音樂老師,一位是幼稚園老師,她們常編寫一些兒童歌曲,在一八九三年的時候,她們寫了一首「祝你早安」的歌曲,但是並未引起人們的注意,後來她們就把歌詞中的「早晨」改為「生日」,沒想到,當這首歌以「祝你生日快樂」發表後,果然受到人們所喜愛,不久後就成為過生日時的主題歌了。

  (出處:J307.9/4011 知識百科,頁18。)


  You probably know how to sing Happy Birthday from singing it at birthday parties, but have you ever wondered where it comes from? 

  Two sisters wrote the tune to the song more than 100 years ago. However, the lyrics that the sisters wrote to their song had nothing to do with birthdays. The two sisters were teachers, and the original lyrics were "Good morning to all." The sisters asked their students to sing the song when they came into class in the morning.

  Over the years, people started singing the song at birthday parties. Nobody knows who wrote the lyrics to the version we sing today.

  Today, people in America sing Happy Birthday more than any other song. In fact, Happy Birthday is the most popular song in the English language. (Marc Langer, Staff Writer)

  你或許是在生日派對上學會唱「生日快樂」歌,但你可曾想過它的出處?

  歌曲的旋律是在一百多年前由兩姊妹所譜,不過當時她們所寫的歌詞跟生日一點關係都沒有。這兩位姊妹是老師,原來的歌詞是「大家早安」,她們要求學生早晨進教室時唱這首歌。

  經年累月,人們開始在生日派對上唱這首歌,沒人知道誰寫了現在演唱版本的歌詞。

  現今美國人最常唱的歌就是「生日快樂」,而事實上,生日快樂是最受歡迎的英文歌曲。 (翻譯:鄭湘儀)


  資料來源:台北市立圖書館TAIPEI TIMES 

  

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