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Daisy Bell 




Composer :Harry Dacre

Dulcimer Arr: Elizabeth DiPietri

Accompaniment Arr: Ruth Randle



            The history of this musical selection is not totally clear, although we know the tune is of English origin and has always been known to the American public as A Bicycle Built For Two (the last five words of the chorus).


Sometime prior to 1892, a London songwriter named Henry Dekker decided to visit New York City to ply his trade in Tin Pan Alley. For unknown reasons, he chose to change his name to Harry Dacre. One of his first song compositions was written about the tandem bicycle, and its role in the romantic lives of “courting” couples. Dacre failed to find a New York publisher interested in his music, so he contacted American songstress, Katie Lawrence, who was leaving for London. She popularized the tune in England, where it was first published by Francis, Day & Hunter, with the name Daisy Bell.  Soon after, Dacre had the music published and copyrighted in America as well (T.B. Harms & Co., New York, NY.)  In Germany, the composition became known as Daisy-Walzer (Daisy Waltz), where it was sung and played with “oom-pah-pah” guitar accompaniment.




In addition to the chorus, the music consists of three verses of lyrics, plus a short introduction and ending. Few, if any, have heard these features of the composition. The chorus itself is what seems to have appealed mostly to the American public. Elizabeth and Ruth have collaborated on this musical selection by providing both the regular chorded melody as well as a counter-melody “bass” accompaniment played by a second dulcimer. Readers have the option of playing this selection “solo” or as a duet.


            Your 1-3-5 Team



 The other two verses: 


2. We will go 'tandem' as man and wife, Daisy, Daisy!

Ped'ling away down the road of life, I and my Daisy Bell.

When the road's dark, we can both despise

Policemen and lamps as well;

There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes 

Of beautiful Daisy Bell.


3. I will stand by you in "wheel" or woe, Daisy, Daisy!

You'll be the bell(e) 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.





Download files for "Daisy Bell"






DaisyBell 2parts.mid both parts together  


DaisyBell melody only.mid




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