By Meg Jalsevac
SAN JOSE, CA, February 12, 2007, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A hip hop group entitled Flipsyde, led by the singer known as Piper, released a song in Dec. 2005 entitled “Happy Birthday…so make a wish” which voices the remorse and love that a father feels towards his unborn child who was killed by abortion. The music video of the song from Flipsyde’s album, “We the People”, was just brought to the attention of LifeSiteNews. It is an undeniable testament to the guilt and sadness that many fathers experience after losing their child to an abortion.
The video portrays a young, black man staring through a chain link fence at an empty swing set and intermittently flashes to typical scenes in a young child’s life – playing ball with friends, going to school and hand-made Father’s Day cards.
The song lyrics begin with the father asking his unborn child to “Please accept my apologies” and then continues to ask what the child would have been like had he been given the chance to live. Piper says in the song that every year he wonders these things and then moves to the touching opening lines of the chorus, “Happy Birthday. I love you whoever you would’ve been.”
Piper recognizes the devastating truth of abortion calling it both “murder” and “homicide”. The song continues with Piper telling his dead child, “I paid for the murder before they determined the sex, choosing our life over your life meant your death.” And, “I got a million excuses, as to why you died. And other people got their own reasons for homicide. Who’s to say it would’ve worked and who’s to say it wouldn’t have – I was young and struggling, but old enough to be a dad.”
Piper goes on to ask if the smiles of the younger brother who was allowed to live is actually “you proudly knowing that your father’s doing the right thing now.”
The lyrics of the song express belief in life as a gift from God and the heavenly after-life, despite the fact that the unborn child was not given the opportunity to experience life outside the womb saying, “And from the Heavens to the womb to the Heavens again. From the ending to the ending, never got to begin. Maybe one day we can meet face to face, in a place without time and space. Happy birthday.”
The song concludes acknowledging the brutal reality of abortion: “Happy Birthday / What I thought was a dream / Make a wish / Was as real as it seemed / I made a mistake.”
The Flipsyde song portrays a similar message to Nick Cannon’s song entitled, “Can I Live.” as reported previously by LifeSiteNews.com. Cannon’s 2005 hit was heralded by pro-life groups everywhere as touching tribute to mothers who choose life for their unborn children. The music video to Cannon’s song follows what the viewer is to perceive as Cannon’s own mother as she tries to procure an abortion and then changes her mind and chooses life for her unborn child who is Cannon himself.
Similarly, country singer Kenny Rogers sang “Water and Bridges” which also tells of the guilt that fathers endure after their child is aborted.
Flipsyde is a relatively new hip hop group that appears to be better known in Europe than in America. While several of their songs seem to have a Christian influence in the content of the lyrics, they are not a “Christian hip-hop” group. In fact, their debut album which includes the song “Happy Birthday” has a parental advisory notice for offensive language in other songs.
Watch the Flipsyde “Happy Birthday…so make a wish” video:
See the complete lyrics to Happy Birthday…so make a wish” at
Watch Nick Cannon’s “I Can Live” Video:
Read previous LifeSiteNews.com Coverage:
Movie/Television/Rap Star Nick Cannon Shoots Pro-Life Music Video
Kenny Rogers Sings About a Father’s Abortion Regret