6th Annual “Your Favorite Birthday Song” Poll

[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:

A Very Merry Unbirthday [Sherman/Sherman]. otaku_tetsuko, barelyproper, countfroggy, honeywoney
Another Candle¤ [Jerry
Birthday [The Beatles]. dianec42, jeditigger, nsshere, dimensionm, graemeperrow,
kyliebeth, rjlippincott, stuck_in_ma
FB: Sheila M., Steve A.
Birthday [Sugar Cubes] mommyathome
Birthday Cake [Cibo Matto] in_quinecorners
Birthday Cake Polka [John Rovack, 1952] terpsichoros
FB: Margalit
Birthday Cake Polka (Gluten-Free) [John Rovack] gf_guruilla
Birthday Dirge [Trad.] ixixlix, venedotia, yfnetm, usqueba, whalejudge,
aliza250, darkfuzzyheart, sethcohen, spunkylizard
Birthday Massacre [Birthday Massacre]  
Birthday Song [Golden Bough] klellingson
Born Never Asked¤ [Laurie Anderson] tsgeisel
Cut the Cake [Tina Liza Jones] barnabas_truman
Happy Birthday¤ [Altered Images]  
Happy Birthday [Concrete Blond] msolursh
Happy Birthday [I’m Getting My Act Together…]  
Happy Birthday [Stevie Wonder] pradagirl, smoochie, snippy, elasticity
Happy Birthday [Weird Al Yankovic]. underpope
Happy Birthday [Zorba the Greek] fauxklore
Happy Birthday, Ralph [Atom and his Package]  
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen [Neil Sedaka]  
Happy Birthday To You [Hill/Smith, 1893] cafemusique, groblek
Happy Clappy Birthday (Gwendolyn)  
Happy Happy Birthday Song [Arrogant Worms] six_gun_samurai, patgund, bellwethr,six_gun_samurai,
Hubappuby Bubirthdubay Tubo Yubou [Zoom]  
I’d Rather Be Dead [Harry Nilsson]  
Joyeux anniversaire zarchasmpgmr
Las Mañanitas bdot
Make Your Own Party¤ [Marcy/Zina]  
Modern Maturity [Tom Paxton] cahwyguy
Older [They Might Be Giants] estherchaya, gyesika, llennhoff, miss_mimsy, talonvaki, dieppe,
ellipticcurve, usqueba
Other Happy Birthday Song [Gardner/Quinn] greenscar
The Pirate Birthday Song [Heather Alexander] dennisthetiger, kaottic97, neo_tanuki
30/90 [Jonathan Larsen, from “tick… tick… Boom!”] shutterbug93
This is your birthday song, it isn’t very long [Unknown
larymotrmn, jumbach, crash_the_dog, ailurodragon
Unhappy Birthday [The Smiths] dementia
Yom Huledet [Batler/Datz] ginamariewade, divasteph

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.