Arr: Elizabeth DiPietri
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).
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
after, Dacre had the music published and copyrighted in
America as well (T.B. Harms & Co., New York,
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.
The other two verses:
2. We will go 'tandem' as man and wife,
Ped'ling away down the road of life, I
and my Daisy Bell.
When the road's dark, we can both
Policemen and lamps as well;
There are bright lights in the dazzling
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
Then if I don't do well
I will permit you to use the brake,
My beautiful Daisy Bell.
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