[Those who have been reading this journal (or my Facebook) know that Sheriff John (or an incredible doppleganger) has a tradition of coming out on your birthday and singing a song of your choice. Here’s where you get to pick that song…]
Well, it’s that time again. Time for the 6th annual Birthday Song Poll. This poll determines the song that the Sheriff will sing to you on your birthday. Note that the Sheriff uses LJ (or the note mirroring this on Facebook) as his recordbook , so you only get a song if you have your birth month and year in your LJ/FB profile and we’re mutual friends* (so I get reminded of your birthday and you’ll see the post). I have tried my best to note the answers given for previous polls as well behind the cut. If you want to change those answers (or just confirm them), feel free to vote in the poll again this year. Note that if you don’t specify a song, then the Sheriff usually sings his favorite, the Birthday Cake Polka. That’s because he wrote that song, and needs the royalties 🙂
Facebook Users: I’ll try and get you your song, but until Facebook can do OpenID, you can’t vote in the poll (i.e., you’ll need to create a Livejournal Account, which is free, to vote). I encourage you to do so, otherwise you’ll likely get The Birthday Cake Polka. If you have both a Facebook and a Livejournal, and I can correlate the two account names, I’ll try to get the right song to both places (hint: that means leave some connection in the comments; a link to your profile works). You can also leave an anonymous comment, but include your real name so I can tie it to your FB account.
Every year, new songs are added. The new songs this year are indicated with ¤. Of course, I’m always open to suggestions for new songs. If you have one, please leave it in the comments, along with a pointer to where I can find the lyrics. If you indicate how the sheriff should be dressed, what instrument he should be carrying, or who might accompany him, that would be great.
For the record, here is my current understanding of what was chosen in previous years:
Lastly, folks ask where this came from. One year, I began to notice that everyone hates the traditional birthday song. So I began to wonder what was the most popular birthday song. Thus, the poll was born.