My Birthday


Joseph F. Spainhour, 1850-, “My Birthday,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed January 18, 2022,

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My Birthday


One leaf typewritten in blue ink on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner and the lower right corner were cut away. There is a moderate tear at the middle upper edge. Layers of paper were torn from the upper edge, the lower edge, and the left edge. The document was folded horizontally and vertically into twelfths. The informant citation is handwritten in black ink following the song text.


Folk songs -- North Carolina Birthdays -- Songs and music Birthday parties -- Songs and music Brothers -- Songs and music


Joseph F. Spainhour, 1850-


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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My Birthday

I’ve had another birthday,
That makes me eighty-five,
I intend to keep on having them,
As long as I’m alive.

Mine always come in summer,
When the days are nice and long,
And we meet out on the mountain,
Where the breeze is good and strong.

We had a nice crowd yesterday,
Of relatives and friends, - -
They brought a splendid dinner,
On which such days depend.

They came from other states,
As well as from our own,
There were one or two there
That I had never known.

The majority were related,
In one way or another,
There were 25 or 30 there,
We only missed one brother.

We all had looked for Carl,
We expected him there too,
He wired he could not come, - -
Had a job he must put through.

This was birthday eighty-five,
I enjoyed it more than any,
And that is putting it strong,
Since I have had so many.

J.F. Spaiuhour

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My Birthday

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My Birthday


Joseph F. Spainhour, 1850-

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Boone, Watauga County, North Carolina

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204 mm x 274 mm

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Paul L. Robertson