Friday Five: Songs About Daisy

Juli Thanki | September 24th, 2010

Ken’s list of Jenny songs last week got me thinking I need to pay tribute to the one I come home to every night. While Ken’s lovely wife Jennifer is his high school sweetheart, my best girl is, well, a bitch. She’s my dog, Daisy. While the gals named Daisy in the songs below seem nice enough, I’ll stick with the one I have—she’s probably the only one who can catch a piece of pumpkin donut in midair.

  • Dona Got a Ramblin Mind5. “Black-Eyed Daisy” – Carolina Chocolate Drops

    Here’s a boisterous fiddle tune about a girl named Daisy who drives a man crazy, probably because that’s one of the few things that rhymes. But who cares about crazy when you can boogie to the Chocolate Drops?

  • Low Country Suite4. “Crazy Daisy” – King Wilkie

    This one is a low key alt-country tune that I like mostly for its super catchy chorus of “na na na na”s. Anyway, this Daisy’s a heartbreaker, and when she’s gone, you miss her “like the sun don’t shine.”

  • Walkin' The Strings3. “On a Bicycle Built for Two” – Merle Travis

    Okay, it’s an instrumental, but you know the words: “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.” It’s also been recorded under the title “Daisy Bell” by countless artists and the HAL 9000.

  • White Limozeen2. “White Limozeen” – Dolly Parton

    Parton co-wrote this one with Mac Davis in the late ’80s. It’s a tale of a lady named Daisy Mae who moves to L.A. in search of stardom. It’s a rocky road, but eventually she finds fame, fortune, and a bowtied chauffer, but still remains “the same old down home girl.” Sounds a little like the Backwoods Barbie we all know and love.

  • Country Music Hall of Fame 19841. “Daisy May” – Floyd Tillman

    As you’ll see in the clip below, the inspiration behind this song was Daisy Mae from the Li’l Abner comic strips. Check out the excellent Western Swing version from the Village Boys, too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAR25YShL6k

  1. Leeann
    September 24, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Awesome! Love the intro.’

  2. Barry Mazor
    September 24, 2010 at 7:29 am

    All reasons to bring up Floyd Tillman are good..

  3. Jon
    September 24, 2010 at 7:47 am

    You do know that Jason Carter not only recorded “Daisy Mae,” but sings it on most every Del McCoury Band show, don’t you? Of course you do…

  4. Ben Foster
    September 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

    The first one I thought of was “Daisy,” by Halfway to Hazard, but I can see why that one might not have been considered worthy of inclusion. Love that Dolly Parton song.

  5. bll
    September 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

    “Daisy a Day” by Judd Strunk is still one of my favourites; shame he died so young.

  6. numberonecountryfan
    September 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Terri Lane had a song out called Daisy May And Daisy May Not. Talk about a double shot of Daisy!

  7. luckyoldsun
    September 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    So now we know! The folks who edit this site are throwing their wives’ and dogs’ names up against the wall and inviting people to comment. I was kind of wondering why the topics became so banal.

    A few more lame topic like that and it will be time to shut down.

  8. Leeann
    September 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Give me a break. Seriously. Give. Me. A. Break.

  9. Rick
    September 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    How about a country music lyric containing a reference to daisies!

    From The Rizdales’ “You Haven’t Been Nice For Awhile”:

    “I gave you rhinestones and daisies, but that just made you crazy, ’cause it wasn’t your style…

    You wanted diamonds and roses, another door closes, you haven’t been nice for awhile…”

    Sorry, its the best I can do today! (lol)

  10. TD
    September 24, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Hey Rick … Song goes something like that … thanks for listening … TD

  11. Reagan
    September 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Haha, forgot about HAL…

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