Daisy, Daisy
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Emily Bronto is without doubt an admirer of 'Daisy, Daisy'

Bikwil celebrates 'Daisy, Daisy'

Daisy, Daisy

I'll bet you used to think the popular music-hall ditty was actually called Daisy, Daisy.

Not so.  But who was the real Daisy?

Fizzgig knows.
 

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Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer, do.
I'm half crazy
All for the love of you!

Most of you will know those words and their tune. Perhaps like me you thought this popular music-hall ditty was called Daisy, Daisy. Well, the correct title is Daisy Bell (lyrics and music by Harry Dacre). Actually, the above words are just the chorus (or rather the first half thereof), for there are three verses as well, but these days few people will have heard them.

It would seem that the whole song may be legally sung in public without fee or licence, except in music halls!

And there was a real Daisy who inspired the song ó the Countess of Warwick, Frances Brooke, one of the most desirable women of those times, and one of the wealthiest. Daisy was her nickname. For a while she was the mistress of the Prince of Wales (subsequently Edward VII), and they say that he once gave her an ankle bracelet inscribed "Heavenís Above".

This beautiful socialite actually dared turn socialist, but whether that fact impinged on her later money troubles, when she tried selling her Prince's letters to his son George V, I canít say.

In the end, she was bought off by John Boyd Dunlop, the founder of the rubber company, who got a baronetcy in exchange.

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