The song I’m featuring today is one I sang with nursing home residents many times. There are two verses. Here’s the first more common one.
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.
I’m half-crazy all for the love of you.
There won’t be a stylish marriage.
I can’t afford a carriage.
But you’ll look sweet
upon the seat
of the bicycle built for two.
The second is Daisy’s response.
Michael, Michael, here is your answer true.
I’m not crazy all for the love of you.
If you can’t afford a carriage,
then there will be no marriage,
cause I’ll be switched
before I’m hitched
on a bicycle built for two.
Now, click below to hear Dr. Crystal Grimes play this song on the zither.
By the way, in my latest book, The Red Dress, my main character’s mother suffers from dementia and lives in a nursing home. Although she doesn’t always recognize her daughter, she remembers when her daughter gave away a dress she made for her years ago and still harbors resentment. She also remembers that her hairdresser was her daughter’s best friend in school but doesn’t remember what tore their friendship apart. I’m sure the nursing home provided musical entertainment from time to time, and she probably had an opportunity to enjoy such old songs as “Daisy Bell.” If I’ve spiked your curiosity, see below. Thank you for reading.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.