Thanks to Rod Smith who catalogues and shares Traditional Music at his Traditional Music Library WEBsite, we can have permission to share the words for this song in our blog! Have to say that this doesn't seem like something that would be considered comic today but it does let us get a glimpse of what was considered to be a comic song in 1895. But by going back to look in the OLC helped us identify a few more songs written by Charles Shackford which we'll write about in a future blog.
Daisy, Bloomers, Wheel and All
Copyright, 1895, by Spaulding & Gray.
Words and Music by Charles Shackford.
There's a sporty girl in Harlem, and Daisy is her name;
She's learned to smoke and flirt and punch the bag;
Her father's almost crazy, her mother's gone insane,
But of her actions Daisy seems to brag
The other day she bought a wheel, she thought she'd make a hit
If dressed in bloomers she would ride Broadway;
From early morn till late at night she practiced every day,
And when her "steady "left that night, she dreamed she heard him say: Ain't she aChorus.
Daisy, Daisy, dressed in bloomers, riding on her wheel:
If Daisy Bell could see you now, how jealous she would feel;
You're in the park, till after dark, each evening when I call;
I love the ground that you ride over, Daisy, bloomers, wheel and all.Now Daisy has a brother, and he is very swell;
Last week he joined a New York regiment;
He saw her in her bloomers, and watched her ride her wheel.
And told her that he thought her brum was bent:
The regiment her brother joined was out on dress parade,
When Daisy thought that she would take a ride;
The band was gaily playing us she rode through the crowd,And as she passed the regiment, the soldiers loudly cried: Ain't she a -chorus.They were building a new railroad not far from Daisy's house;
The men were working nights to get it done;
Red lights were out for danger, but Daisy knew the boss,
And thought that she'd ride up there just for fun;
She passed a copper on his beat, her face was wreathed in smiles;
He touched his hat and winked the other eye;
The danger lights were hanging out, which Daisy never saw;
The copper tried to warn her, and he laughed to hear her cry:
Ain't I a Chorus.Daisy, Daisy, dressed in bloomers, riding on my wheel;
If Daisy Bell could see me now, how jealous she would feel;
The gang of men were laying tracks, they yelled, "Look out! you'll fall!"
She struck the switch, and in the ditch went Daisy, bloomers, wheel and all.
OCLC World Cat (http://www.worldcat.org/ : accessed 26 November 2013), Daisy, bloomers, wheel and all : the hit of the season : comic song and chorus Author: Charles Shackford
Smith Rod, Traditional Music Library (http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/ : accessed 26 November 2013), http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/songster/47-daisy-bloomers-wheel-and-all.htm, Daisy, Bloomers, Wheel and All Words and Music by Charles Shackford