Happy birthday Music and lyrics by Stevie Wonder; Copyright (c) 1980, Jobete Music Co. Inc. & Black Bull Music (ASCAP) You know it doesn't make much sense There ought to be a law against Anyone who takes offense At a day in your celebration 'Cause we all know in our minds That there ought to be a time That we can set aside to show just how much we love you And I'm sure you will agree It couldn't fit more perfectly Than to have a world party on the day you came to be Chorus: Happy Birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday I just never understood How a man who died for good Could not have a day that would Be set aside for his recognition Because it should never be Just because some cannot see The dream as clear as he that they should make it become an illusion And we all know everything That he stood for time will bring For in peace our hearts will sing Thanks to Martin Luther King Chorus Why has there never been a holiday That peace is celebrated All throughout the world The time is overdue For people like me and you You know the way to truth is love and unity to all God's children It should be a great event And the whole day should be spent In full remembrance Of those who lived and died for the oneness of all people So let us all begin We know that love can win Let it out don't hold it in Sing as loud as you can Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday

"Happy Birthday" is from Wonder's latest album, "Hotter Than July." He will be singing it today in King's honor at a parade promoting efforts to make King's birthday a national holiday. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Third Street and Constitution Avenue NW and will proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Washington Monument.