Lyrics: Birthday Cake Polka [John Rovack, 1952]

OK, Folks, you know the drill. Allright everyone, let’s gather in front of our large, 13″, Black and White TV set, and watch as a tall, lanky man in a khaki uniform strides out, introduces himself as Sheriff John, and pulls out his accordion, and then starts singing the Birthday Cake Polka for [assignment: name]:

Put another candle on my birthday cake
We’re gonna bake a birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I’m another year old today

I’m gonna have a party with my birthday cake
Come on and take some birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I’m another year old today

We’ll have some pie and sandwiches
And chocolate ice cream too
We’ll sing and play the day away
And one more thing I’m gonna do

I’ll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
And when I do, a wish I’ll make
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I’m another year old today

Happy Birthday to You
You’re another year old today.

 

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6 Replies to “Lyrics: Birthday Cake Polka [John Rovack, 1952]”

  1. I can’t resist commenting. I was born in 1952 and Sheriff John was my lunchtime companion thru all of those early years. I anxiously awaited The Birthday Polka EVERY day, it was the highlight for me. Engineer Bill was ok too, he played red light/green light with drinking your milk, but Sheriff John, his friendliness and positivity and most of all the song, it was something I never forgot all these years.
    If only he had had satellite syndication, perhaps the world could have been exposed to it and he may have had a chance to dethrone the Hill sisters’ birthday standard (way overdue IMHO). Hey, Georgia changed their state song due to popular demand for Ray Charles’ song of the same name.
    But then, Sheriff John on a 52″ LCD just wouldn’t be the same.

  2. I sing this every year. I sing this to my co-workers, and to my friends and to my family. I sang this in a restaurant recently and was applauded. Yes, I do remember this song and have to say it is still my favorite birthday song. (And yes, all those people think I am cracked!)

    1. My brothers,sisters and I used to watch ‘ Sheriff John ‘ everyday, I one day had played this Song for one of my sisters ( I’ve so many sisters I forgot which sister it was for)),,Till this day we all Still remember ‘ Our ( Everybodies) ‘ Sheriff John ‘.
      RIP,” OUR SHERIFF JOHN ” ( A Memory of Our Past To Remember and Never To Be Forgotten,A fan Always , Marlene Romero, 04~21~2016

    2. I share this song with all of my FB friends born and raised in Southern California. It was a unique shared experience and a part of our collective childhood that was a happy time.

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