Daisy, Daisy, Give Me Your Answer, Do!

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 on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two !

In 1892, by which time the bicycle was an everyday sight in Victorian life, Henry Dacre composed a song that became immensely popular, both in the London music halls and in America. The lyrics featured a tandem – a bicycle made for two – and the Daisy he described was said to be based on the Countess of Warwick, Frances Evelyn ‘Daisy’ Greville. Daisy was a champion of women’s rights, and also a mistress of the Prince of Wales, and her name is still well-known today from the chorus of  Dacre’s ‘Daisy Bell’

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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