Interesting Information about Daisy Bell.

The following was distributed to the Internet tandem mailing list in April, 1994.

From: Martin Dix To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Daisy Daisy - complete and unexpurgated The magazine "Australian Cyclist" has a column with articles from "The Australian Cyclist" of 100 years ago. Last month's was about Daisy. Daisy Bell There is a flower within my heart, Daisy Daisy! Planted one day by a glancing dart, Planted by Daisy Bell! Whether she loves me or loves me not, Sometimes it's hard to tell; Yet I am longing to share the lot of beautiful Daisy Bell! (Refrain) Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do! I'm half crazy all for the love of you! It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage. But you'll look sweet upoon the seat of a bicycle built for two! We will go tandem as man and wife, Daisy Daisy! Ped'ling a-way down the road of life, Me and my Daisy Bell! When the road's dark we can both despise Policeman and lamps as well; There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes Of beautiful Daisy Bell! I will stand by you in "wheel" or woe, Daisy Daisy! You'll be the belle which I'll ring, you know! Sweet little Daisy Bell! You'll take the lead in each trip we take, Then if I don't do well, I will permit you to use the brake, My beautiful Daisy Bell. More trivia (as if this wasn't trivial enough already). This was written by Harry Dacre in London in 1892 and was very popular in Australia in 1894. Mr Dacre seems to have been very fond of bad puns and exclamation marks. The bicycle was a "lady front" tandem. I remember reading somewhere that it was thought improper for a lady to be staring at a man's backside. The magazine reproduces an advertisement for one made by Humber. It's billed as "For lady and gentleman or two gentleman" and "Double or single steering at pleasure". The one pictured has the front wheel steered by both sets of handlebars (makes the "would you trust your stoker with a brake" argument seem pretty minor). The picture doesn't show any brakes so I don't whether the lady was entrusted with one (though the song seems to imply that she was). There is also a photo of a large mug with a picture of a tandem couple embossed on it. The lady (front) appears to be wearing bloomers, gloves to the elbow and a flat straw hat. The gentleman is wearing a dark suit with bowler hat and bow tie. The mug has the words to the song around the bottom and contains a music box that played the tune. The song was so popular that a parody appeared in "The Australian Cyclist" "Written after an hour of vain endevour to work in close range of half-a-dozen ambitious young things who try to sing Daisy Bell, because it's popular and not because they can sing a note of it correctly." Daisy Daisy For Heaven's sake drop dead, do. I've gone crazy Listening to songs of you. If you'll only skip the marriage I'll furnish a handsome carriage For you and your beau Laid two in a row, A coffin that's built for two. Martin Dix