Happy Birthday, Jon Favreau!

19Oct06

Thank you for SWINGERS.

ELF sucked.

Did you folks know that Warner Chappell – a militant off-shoot of the Warner Music Group – owns the rights to the “Happy Birthday” song?

They paid $15 million for those rights.

I also may have made up the part about them being militants.

They’ve owned the rights for 16 years, and I’d love to know how much of that 15 mill they’ve recouped.

They claim that “unauthorized public performances are illegal” unless they are paid royalties.

What constitutes “public?”

Is it the same definition as the one for “public nudity?” You know, just askin’…

Other than it being unenforceable, it is just plain silly.

Hmmm… I think I’m going to copyright orgasms. Anytime anyone has one, I’ll —

Hey! I heard that! Send me $10. And your phone number. Mrrrrooooowwwrrrrrr.

On the plus side, the copyright expires in 2030.

But, what are we to sing in the meantime?

“For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow?”

Don’t make me puke.

I guess once again it falls on my shoulders to do something about it.

Le sigh.

Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.

As you all well know, I’m only an award-winning lyricist. Someone else will have to handle the music.

Here goes…

So, it’s another birthday.

You made it through the year.

Let’s all get together,

And raise a little cheer.

Unless the cake is stale.

That’ll ruin the day.

Don’t cheap on the hotdogs.

Ballpark franks all the way.

Who invited these wingnuts?

People I’d never choose.

Enough with all the potato chips,

Break out the friggin’ booze.

Still, I hope you enjoy your birthday,

Sorry the present is so small.

But, I don’t feel too guilty,

‘Cause you didn’t buy me fuuuuuck allllllllllllllllllllllll.

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9 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Jon Favreau!”

  1. 1 James Cooper

    Can I use the variation:

    Happy birthday to you,
    You belong in a zoo,
    You look like a monkey,
    And you smell like one too.

    Or would I still have to fear repercussions or a law-suity nature?

  2. 2 Kevin

    Genius! But I don’t think I can memorize it.

  3. 3 Peter

    James: I think Rupert Murdoch owns that one. We may both get sued for you typing it in here.

    Kevin: No worries on that. You’ve heard me sing, man. You can join me in lipsynching.

  4. 4 Erika

    Do you know what tune was playing in my head when I read your lyrics? “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon. I think it could work…

  5. 5 Mrs. CPA

    That’s why all the restaurants waitstaff have to sing the those annoying, shitty variations of birthday songs. I wonder if when the executives go out for the birthday lunch if they tell the waiters to sing Happy Birthday, since they own it.

  6. 6 Sara

    Hey, I liked Elf…

  7. 7 Steph

    That was beautiful. It brought a tear to my eye. Bless you.

  8. 8 Peter

    Erika: Funny! I was TOTALLY thinking about the opening of that song when I started.

    Mrs. CPA: That is a VERY good question. I sometimes wonder if execs at McDonalds sneakily get some Whoppers to snack on during meetings.

    Sara: It’s okay, I have sketchy taste sometimes. But, make no mistake, ELF blows in 96 different ways.

    Steph: I like to touch people. That’s right, I said it.

  9. 9 Janet

    Happy Birthday Jon Favreau?! Interesting. I did love Swingers so. Where oh where, did the great Jon Favreau go?


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