FOR HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW

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FOR HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW
“For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow” is a British and American song which is sung to
congratulate a person on a significant event, such as a retirement. The melody originates
from that of the French song Marlbrough sen va-ten guerre.” According to the
Guinness Book of World Records, “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” is the second-most
popular song in the English language, following Happy Birthday to You” and followed
by Auld Lang Synge.”
Amongst certain groups a different word is substituted for “fellow.” Also the British and
American versions can be combined, normally with ‘and so say all of us’ in the middle of
the verse, and “which nobody can deny” at the end. In addition the song can be altered to
agree with the sex of the intended recipient, “he” being replaced with “she.” In some parts
of the United Kingdom, when singing the song to the driver of a bus or coach, usually on
a specially commissioned trip rather than a standard scheduled journey, it is customary to
add “on the bus” to the line “and so say all of us,” resulting in “and so say all of us on the
bus.
For he’s a jolly good fellow.
For he’s a jolly good fellow.
For he’s a jolly good fellow!
Which nobody can deny.
Which nobody can deny.
Which nobody can deny.
For he’s a jolly good fellow.
Which nobody can deny