Every Day Is Earth Day! Sing along with “Happy Birthday, World”!

This is a sponsored blog by NAfME Corporate member Songs Children Sing. This article was first published on the Songs Children Sing website.

“Happy Birthday, World” was written by Aline Shader in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. The Songs Children Sing community joined together in 2020 to celebrate Earth Day at 50.

Watch this virtual performance of “Happy Birthday, World” with a chorus of 16 and a stellar band! Music and lyrics by Aline Shader, arranged by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist, Carlos Henriquez.

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A music school in Lüneburg Germany made a video, too!

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To celebrate Earth Day, the Music School of the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg Children’s Choir (directed by Anna Schwemmer) and Instrumental Ensemble (directed by Kathy Nierenz) perform “Happy Birthday, World”—music and lyrics by Aline Shader, arranged by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist, Carlos Henriquez.

green and brown graphic with Happy Earth Day April 22

Photo: Bulgnn / iStock/Getty Images Plus

Music and Lyrics by Aline Shader (1994)

Happy birthday, World
Another year goes by
Wiser for the time
Older, you and I
Round and round
Till eternity
I’ll take care of you
You’ll take care of me

Happy birthday, World
So many stories tell
How you came to be
Why you turn so well
Round and round
No way to decide
What the future holds
What the shadows hide

Happy birthday, World
And here’s the wish I bring:
May you always stay
Such a wondrous thing
Round and round
Spinning in the blue
Peace and love and hope
All the best for you

group of children holding up a globe

Photo: Alistair Berg / DigitalVision Collection via Getty Images

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April 2024 Teaching Music

Published Date

April 9, 2024


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