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Happy Birthday Regent
for Osel Tendzin - June 1978

# 409  on list of all songs


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original scribblings with chords - SkB  OS2


Happy birthday Regent. Happy birthday to you.

 

I came to these mountains a few days ago

To this land of red and gold

Soon's your birthday I was told

I knew this much but not how old

So lacking in this knowledge yet I drew

A temporal gift, this song for you.

 

Happy birthday Regent. Happy birthday to you.

 

I come from a city out there by the sea

San Francisco on my knee

Studied with Shunryu Suzuki

A foreign man not quite five feet

You've got his picture on your altar too

That's one thing I know about you

 

Regent I've seen your official pictures

And I know you've got a fine mustache

Regent I know some about you

From folks talking behind your back

Now they say wonderful things

But that's not why I sing

I sing out of respect

And don't want to neglect

Something outside of sect

And can think of none better to do

Than sing happy birthday to you

 

Happy birthday Regent. Happy birthday to you

 

I met your father sage about ten years back

Meeting him was like stepping on a tack

Now he's named you the regent

That's a matter of fact

To me you were regent when I heard that

I don't know what regents are or what they do

But that's all I need to know

So it's easy to wish you

 

Happy birthday Regent. Happy birthday to you.

 

Regent what they say about us

Is true and then some more

Regent that's tough noogies baby

But my point is not to even the score

So whoever you are

I came her in my car

To wish you games under par

From Demons afar

If I wore a hat I'd tip it

If I had a date I'd skip it

To sing happy birthday to you

 

Happy birthday Regent. Happy birthday to you.

 

Regent now let's liven the tempo

And kick our heels and go whoopty do

Regent now I'll tear off my body

So I can celebrate this day with you

For I cannot express with a no or a yes

Or a birth or a death

On the day of first breath

Without knowledge but passion

Up the kazoo

That sings happy birthday to you

 

Happy birthday Regent. Happy birthday to you.

Happy birthday happy birthday happy birthday happy birthday......



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