Wednesday, 8 February 2006

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen (song)

This is how my oldest (some might even find them very shy) students sang a cute song from our coursebooks in February 2006.
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The song was originally sung by Neil Sedaka in 1961, 30 years before this generation of students was born, and here are the lyrics:

Tra la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Happy birthday sweet sixteen.
Tra la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Happy birthday sweet sixteen.

Today’s the day I’ve waited for
Because you’re not a baby any more.
You’ve turned into the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen.
Happy birthday sweet sixteen.

What happened to that funny face?
My little tomboy now wears satin and lace.
I can’t believe my eyes. You’re just a teenage dream.
Happy birthday sweet sixteen.

When you were only six, I was your big brother.
Then when you were ten, we didn’t like each other.
When you were thirteen, you were my funny Valentine.
But since you’ve grown up,
Your future is sewn up.
From now on you’re gonna be mine.

So, if I should smile with sweet surprise
It’s just that you’ve grown up before my very eyes.
You’ve turned into the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen.
Happy birthday sweet sixteen.

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