Happy Loving Day (The Loving Day Song) | Loving Day

Happy Loving Day (The Loving Day Song)

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Sheet Music
Sheet music for vocals and guitar (PDF)
Sheet music for vocals and piano (PDF)

Digital Files
Midi file for music software (MID) (Garage Band, Ableton Live, ProTools, Logic, etc). Includes piano and vocal parts.

Tutorial Videos

Original version (video)
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Our example uses a guitar, but you can perform it your way. Soul, jazz, rock, electronic, choir, a capella, ukulele? Yes!

About the Song

This is a song in honor of the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court case that struck down all laws against interracial marriage in the United States. The anniversary of this landmark decision is celebrated as "Loving Day" every year on (or around) June 12th. It is a tradition shared by diverse communities and families around the world.

Musical composition (with lyrics) licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0). You are free to perform, record, and share your own version of the song however you like (including commercially). Please attribute "K. Tanabe for Loving Day." A link to LovingDay.org is appreciated but not required. Full license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Lyrics:

Happy Loving Day (The Loving Day Song)

VERSE 1:

A normal day in 1958
Richard and Mildred made their vows
They said "I do"

But late one night, they were
Arrested in their bedroom
Locked in a jail cell
The wedding was a crime

Now we say

CHORUS:

Happy, happy Loving Day
Every year we celebrate
For the ones we love
And the ones that paved the way

To be in love with who we please
No matter what ethnicity
No matter what they say
We know we're meant to be

VERSE 2:

1967, on the 12th of June
The Loving case was won
And changed a lot of lives

Loving was their name, they were
Humble, they were strong
The world's not perfect, so
Let's finish what they started on

Now we say

(CHORUS)

BRIDGE:

If your life looks like the Loving case, then
You know you're in the right place
If you live your life in a Loving way
You know you're not alone on Loving Day

(Repeat Bridge)

So...

OUTRO (play four times):

Keep on loving
Loving Day's your celebration
(Na, na, na...)

ENDING:

Everyone in every nation
Share it with the next generation
Loving Day's your celebration now