Happy birthday to me, I'm a hundred and three....
September 30, 2012 6:41 PM Subscribe
My son, a first-grader, sings a song to the tune of "Happy Birthday" that goes: "Happy Birthday to me / I'm a hundred and three / I still go to preschool / and I miss my mommy / my mommy's at work / she fired a jerk / she hired a monkey to do my homework." Most kid-culture folk songs my son brings home are well-known to me from my childhood, but not this one. What is the origin of this song, if it has an origin? How old is it?
posted by escabeche to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Other data points:
* All the kids in his class know the song.
* We live in Wisconsin.
* This is NOT the "you look like a monkey and you smell like one too" song, which dates back at least to my childhood in the 1970s.
* Google turns up lots of mentions of this song, with variously modified lyrics, but nothing from before 2006 or so. Personal testimonies that the song is older than this are encouraged!