"For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" is sung to congratulate someone on a happy occasion such as a promotion, retirement, birth of a child, etc. Sometimes people sing it after the song "Happy Birthday to You".


The tune to "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" comes from the French song "Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre", which is believed to date back to 1709. I found the lyrics in "Household Words" by Charles Dickens (1857). So we know the lyrics date before that.


Mozart and Beethoven have both used the tune in their works.



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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - For He's a Jolly Good Fellow