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"Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" is a popular song, written in 1892 by Harry Dacre, with the well-known chorus "Daisy, Daisy / Give me your answer, do. / I'm half crazy / all for the love of you", ending with the words "a bicycle built for two".

The song is said to have been inspired by Daisy Greville, one of the many mistresses of King Edward VII.

It is the earliest song sung using computer speech synthesis, as later referenced in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The song plays at various points in Scream the TV Series.

History

"Daisy Bell" was composed by Harry Dacre in 1892. As David Ewen writes in American Popular Songs:

When Dacre, an English popular composer, first came to the United States, he brought with him a bicycle, for which he was charged import duty. His friend William Jerome, another songwriter, remarked lightly: "It's lucky you didn't bring a bicycle built for two, otherwise you'd have to pay double duty." Dacre was so taken with the phrase "bicycle built for two" that he soon used it in a song. That song, Daisy Bell, first became successful in a London music hall, in a performance by Katie Lawrence. Tony Pastor was the first to sing it in the United States. Its success in America began when Jennie Lindsay brought down the house with it at the Atlantic Gardens on the Bowery early in 1892.

The song was originally recorded and released by Dan W. Quinn in 1893.

Lyrics

There is a flower within my heart Daisy, Daisy Planted one day by a glancing Dad 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 A beautiful daisy bell

Daisy, Daisy give me your heart to do I'm half crazy, hopeful in love with you It won't be a stylish marriage I can't afford the carriage But you look sweet upon the street On a bicycle built for two

We will go tandem as man and wife Daisy, Daisy Peddling our way down the road of life I and my daisy bell When the roads and we both despise Please men the lambs as well There are bright lights in those dazzling ice A beautiful daisy bell

Daisy, Daisy give me your heart to do I'm half crazy, hopeful in love with you It won't be a stylish marriage I can't afford the carriage But you look sweet upon the street On a bicycle built for two

I'll stand by you in wear or well Daisy, Daisy You'll be the bell we'll try to rip you know Sweet little daisy bell, You'll take the lead in each trip we take And if I dropped out, I will say here's the drink by beautiful daisy bell

Daisy, Daisy give me your heart to do I'm half crazy, hopeful in love with you It won't be a stylish marriage I can't afford the carriage But you look sweet upon the street On a bicycle built for two

Daisy, Daisy give me your heart to do I'm half crazy, hopeful in love with you It won't be a stylish marriage I can't afford the carriage But you look sweet upon the street On a bicycle built for two

But you look sweet upon the street On a bicycle built for two On a bicycle built for two On a bicycle built for two For two, for two, for two, for two

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