In this video, I share with you how to sing the “Happy Birthday” song in the Navajo language.
To see the lyrics, you have to have annotations turned on! Below the Navajo lyrics are a literal translation of the words into English, rather than a re-iteration of the English lyrics.
This song is sung is written to be more understood by the elderly, and gives an insight to how the verbs change due to how many people are singing the song. It is hard to translate “Happy Birthday” in Navajo. To translate it literally, it doesn’t make sense to the elderly.
I’d like to thank my father, Pastor Everett Teller, who played the guitar for me. Thanks dad!
Nidizhchíiji Ánááhoolzhiizhígíí Baa Shił Hózhó (Happy Birthday) to everyone who shares their birthday with me, & Happy Birthday if today (the day you’re watching this vid) is your birthday.