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Five Years Old

This song is by Loudon Wainwright III and appears on the album Fame And Wealth (1983) and on the Live album Career Moves (1993).

Happy birthday Martha, happy birthday, birthday girl
I'm sorry I can't be there for that party, birthday girl
But pin the tail upon the donkey in that party dress
Balloons, and cake, two kinds of ice cream
I guess you'll be a mess

Five years old, five years old
Five years old, five years old

Be nice to all your pals, and cousins
Remember they're your guests
Share the fun with your big brother
As friends go, he's your best
I know that they'll sing happy birthday
When those lights go out
Make a wish it just might come true
Blow those candles out

Five years old, five years old
Five years old, five years old

I Hope yo get the gifts you wanted
On your special day
The pet store was all out of ponies
Maybe next birthday
I know you can not play with flowers
They're nice to smell and see
But if you got some roses on your birthday
They're from me
I won't forget the day that you were born
Five years ago
We were happy and excited and we loved you so
You're growing up so quickly
Now, I feel a little sad, after all I am your daddy

Five years old, five years old
Five years old, five years old

Happy birthday Martha, happy birthday, birthday girl
I'm sorry I can't be there for that party, birthday girl
But pin the tail upon the donkey in that party dress
Balloons, and cake, two kinds of ice cream
I guess you'll be a mess

Written by:

Loudon Wainwright III

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