From the Studio #17

Many Happy Returns of the Day

My one-man band plays a full arrangement of a celebration song, but as you see below or hear on the recording, it’s not a happy one. Trombone and cornet are the main instruments, and the mutes come to good use.

The Washboard Rhythm Kings made a nice version in 1931.

Many happy returns of the day,
And there isn't much more I can say;
I recall with a tear,
You've been married a year,
But I still wish you luck,
With a heart that's sincere;
I won't bring any presents to you,
I gave you up, what more could I do?
I'll just send a bouquet,
With a card that will say:
"Many happy returns of the day!"