"Daisy Bell" (sometimes known as "Bicycle Built For Two") is a music hall song which became popular on both sides of the Atlantic. In London it was popularised by Katie Lawrence who sang it regularly as part of her Music Hall show. The song was composed by Harry Dacre in 1892 who composed other songs such as "I'll Be Your Sweetheart" (or "Bluebells"). He was an English song writer, and it is said that he got the idea for the lyrics on a visit to the US when he was charged import duty on his bicycle. His friend had joked "Lucky you didn't bring a bicycle built for two!" and the concept of a tandem became an important element in the song. The song has long remained in the public consciousness. The computer HAL in the film "2001: A Space Odyssey" sang the words while being deactivated, having previously mentioned that it was taught to him by his mentor. Arthur C. Clarke included this in the story because a few years earlier, a real IBM computer had been taught to the song to demonstrate speech synthesis.
Our sheet music for Daisy Bell is the original piano vocal version complete with lyrics. You can hear midi playback of the sheet music below using Sibelius Scorch, with a flute sound instead of the voice. The sheet music can also be downloaded using the links in the left-hand menu, or download the midi and mp3 versions.