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Published on Nov 28, 2008
A traditional happy birthday song presented by the Slape family quartet. We learned it in the Society for Creative Anachronism, but its existence predates the SCA (founded in 1966). According to the Kingdom of Caid's Wiki site, it was created by Harald of Breakstone and Steven MacEanruig for Don Segundo Sombre de Muerte Christiano before the SCA was founded. It was introduced by James Greyhelm to Martin the Temperate and Robear du Bois who promptly added their unique touch. It went viral even before the Internet was available as a vehicle to do so. One of the attractions is the open ended nature of the song, inviting people to write their own verses for it. It was published in The Elf Hill Times Songbook (Kingdom of An Tir) in 1983 and had 19 verses by then, many of which were contributed by members of Clan o'Gordon.