The Happy Birthday Song Sounds Like a Death Song – Between the Scenes | The Daily Show


It’s funny because I never grew up singing the traditional “Happy Birthday” song. It wasn’t something in my life, so my mom would either
sing the Stevie Wonder “Happy Birthday.” You know. ♪ Happy birthday ♪ There’s that one. And then there was another
one that my mom found, it was like a Disney happy birthday. It was Donald Duck’s birthday,
(audience laughs) and Disney made their own version. I think this was in 1988 or something, and it was just like. ♪ Happy birthday ♪ ♪ It’s Donald’s birthday ♪ ♪ Happy, happy birthday to you ♪ So she sang that song to me when I first remembered birthdays, like when I could remember the song, that’s how my mom always sang it to me. She’d be like. ♪ It’s Trevor’s birthday ♪ ♪ Happy, happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ ‘Cause it’s a party ♪ And then I’d be there like, “Yeah!” That’s the birthday song. Right? So now I’m like four years old, five years old, six years old, and I start going to
kindergarten and all that, and then we get there, and then the teacher comes in like, “We’re gonna sing ‘Happy Birthday’,” and they turn down the
lights and the candles. And it’s like, “Everyone sing along.” And then they’re like. ♪ Happy ♪ And then I’m like. ♪ Happy birthday ♪ ♪ It’s Johnny’s birthday ♪ ♪ Happy, happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ Come on ♪ ♪ Happy birthday ♪ ♪ It’s a party ♪ ♪ A party today ♪ ♪ It’s a celebration ♪ And then she’s like,
“No, what are you doing?” (audience laughs) She’s like, “You’re singing it wrong.” And then I was, “That’s
the birthday song.” And they’re like, “No, Trevor,
clearly you don’t know it. “We’re just gonna sing it together. “Everyone, together now.” It’s like, “Ready?” ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪
(audience laughs) And I was like, “This is
the most depressing shit.” It is the saddest song. ‘Cause when you’ve sang
the “Happy Birthday” song your whole life it seems normal. When you grew up with high paced, you’re like that’s. And now, even today,
when I see people sing, it doesn’t seem like fun at all. (audience laughs) Like it seems, think about it this way, if you told someone from another culture, let’s say they never
experienced “Happy Birthday,” you could think it was like a death song. (audience laughs) Like a song about you’re
one year closer to death. (audience laughs) Imagine if you didn’t
speak English at all, and you’d never heard the
song ever in your life, you wouldn’t know what they’re saying. Just think of the tone
and the pitch of the song. So everyone gathers around someone, and they sit down, and then they turn off the lights, and then someone comes out with a candle, like candles on a cake, and it’s just like. ♪ Happy (mumbles) ♪ (imitates sobbing)
(audience laughs) Blow out the candles, which means death, that’s what it basically means. You’re extinguishing your life. (huffs) (upbeat music)

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OMG! Now I'm not gonna sing that song again, even with the Cha Cha Cha added to it, nor will I extinguish my life again. Thanks for ruining it Trevar!😂😂

The birthday song I grew up with is about getting thrown at the cieling so hard that you get stuck, then falling down, hurting yourself and being told that that's just how life is 😉

It was usually sung alongside the ACTUAL deed of grabbing the chair with the birthday child, rising it up and trying to throw the child up. I remember several years of clinging onto that chair for dear life while it bucked under me like an angry bull.

I've been saying the same thing about the birthday song for years. It's always great to hear someone famous validate your views. Now I know I'm not the only one.

Hahaha!
Well sung Trevor 🙂 Certain conservative functions in India are begun with lighting lamps…u were right…blowing out candles/lamps is inauspicious.

As a kid I always thought my mum was singing the birthday song off key when she was actually singing an old Bollywood song called Baar Baar Din Ye Aaye – "Happy Birthday to yo-oo–UU" 😂

I only remember the Indian birthday song ‘Baar baar din yeh aaye’ being much better than this so called sad one. It literally translated to ‘May this day come again and again, may this heart sing it again and again, you live for a thousand years, this is my wish’

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You know which song is really sad, the nursery rhyme "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring, he went to bed and bumped his head and didn't get up in the morning" What?! Why do we sing that as children without knowing it's about death? We usually sing it with a smile on our faces too. Aw, poor old man.

He’s right, that birthday song is the most depressing jingle ever, and always made worse when sung by groups who can’t find the starting pitch. And you know what’s even worse? Blowing out the candles on the cake and covering it with spit. Gross!

It does feel like a dirge, a little bit. Even if you pep up the performance, it just becomes a New Orleans funeral parade.

So I just went to check out Trevor's birthday song and it's safe to say that his mom really gave him the best birthday song ever😂💙I've officially accepted his song as my birthday song so I never want the regular one to be sung around me anymore. Love you Trevor for this😂😂😂
Love all the way from Jamaica🇯🇲

Let’s take a moment to thank Trevor’s Mom for being hugely responsible for the gift that is Trevor Noah……ok carry on.

In Nigeria we sang ours fast paced but we added in an entire verse of "How old are you now?" And another verse of the person singing their age and then another verse of us singing "Many more years to you" or "may the good lord bless you" and then we say "We wish you, many happy returns on your day, long life and prosperity" then we all say "hip hip hip hooray" three times. Then for the Christians, we would count down the spelling "Jesus" and the person would cut the cake at the last "s" and then another round of "hip hip hip hooray". Then it's over…finally.

IT'S TRUE!
IT'S THE MOST DEPRESSING SONG EVER.
IT'S THE SONG TO REMIND YOU YOUR DYING!
I am officially singing the Donald Duck version from now on. And if the office don't like it, they can eat some of that Dry @$$ cake Carol brought!

I had the same impression after growing up with the Venezuelan happy birthday song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJkAPEo0eso

Of course if you sing it slow and like a death march it’s going to sound depressing Trevor, Ha ha. If it’s not sung in under 10 seconds you’re doing it wrong! 😉

Oh Trevor, you ruined the traditional birthday song for me. Now I don’t want to hear it. 1 year closer to …. death😭😭😭

Travor- (crying version) happy birthday to you🥺😓🤧

Hermione- perhaps you are saying it wrong😒it's Happyyyyyyyy birthdayyyyyyyyyy to youuuuuuuuuu

Any potterhead?

Me, on my next birthday: If you think about it Birthdays are satanic.

A gathering of people huddle around an object on fire, chanting a repetative song until the fire blown out and thw object is stabbed with knife.

Mom: slide cake away

That's what our greek happy birthday song says :
May you live (name) and happy birthday
may you grow up and your hair turn white
may you spread everywhere the light of knowlwdge
so everyone will say : he (she) is a wise man (woman)

I will never sing happy birthday like that ever again. His mom's version was sickkk everyone would be happy it's their birthday omg

Thank you!! I HATE that stupid song and I always did!! Also—balloons blow. They choke seabirds everywhere. Stop all the the nonsense !

Trevor. You have no clue what you've done.
I Always sing two or three different happy birthday songs (Beatles ver, my own crappy ver, and off-key "real" birthday song) SIMULTANEOUSLY at anyones' birthday celebration.
Now I'll sing FIVE.
BWAAAAAAAAAHH HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA!!!!!

OMG that donald duck bday song was the song we sand too! We went to disney and it was donald's 5oth bday that year and they rolled out that song and I have been singing it every since then. Well maybe it does have something to do with the fact that my parents divorced right when we got home from that trip…frigging disney divorces..

The hate runs so deep there's 256 thumbs down about a person personal experience with the birthday song wow

If you go to Donald’s birthday song on YouTube every single comment is just people saying they there cause of this video

Trevor, you're the only comedian that makes me laugh, really the only one. That either makes me very special, or you! 😄 Love the way you think!

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