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Sunday, May 10, 2015

"A bicycle built for two" song lyicsr



A Bicycle Built for Two
The first American bicycle was manufactured in 1877-fifteen years before Henry Ford built his first automobile. As bicycles became safer and more comfortable, people began talking about them as a replacement for the horse. “After all,” they said, “a bicycle is much smaller and cleaner than a horse. And a bicycle is certainly cheaper to take care of.” In the early 1890s-the “Gay Nineties”-bicycle riding became a national fad, and soon one out of every seven Americans owned a bicycle. People even took bicycle-riding lessons at special school. (There were nearly 100 of these schools in New York City alone.)

When Harry Dacre, a songwriter from London, moved to New York in 1891, he had to pay customs duty on his English bicycle. That made him angry. “Well,” said a friend, “you’re lucky it wasn’t a bicycle built for two. You would have had to pay even more duty.” Dacre thought about the idea, and the next year he wrote a waltz about an imaginary romantic problem with a bicycle built for two.
No American publisher was interested in the song; however, it was an immediate success in London and was soon re-exported to America. The bicycle craze was over by 1899. But people have continued to sing about Daisy and have even added to the story. Daisy’s answer to Patrick (the newest lyric in this book) was written by an American teacher, Gary Gabriel, during a seminar for teachers of English in Yugoslavia in 1972. And in the 1970s, bicycles once again became fashionable for adult riders in the United States. In 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing, singing this song. 

*Words and expressions you may not recognize*
half crazy – “To be craze for” someone or something is an old fashioned slang expression (dating from around 1850). It means “to be in love with” or “to be very enthusiastic over” that person or thing. Patrick is using the expression to say how much he is in love with Daisy.
The word half can be used with a number of other words. In these combinations, half simply means “partly” or “about 50%.” Can you figure out what these phrases mean?
half dressed?
half eaten?
                                                to be                half empty?
half full?
half asleep?
half dead?
half dressed = with some clothes on but not fully dressed; “I’m not ready; I’m only half dressed.’’ half eaten = 50% gone; “The sick man left his food half eaten.” half empty, half full = “This glass is half empty or half full.” half asleep = very sleepy; “It’s time to leave; the children are already half sleep.” half dead = physically exhausted from overwork, illness or poor treatment; “The prisoners of war were half dead when they were released.”
Note: Compound adjectives, such as half full, are joined by a hyphen when they come before the noun they modify. When they come after the noun, there is no hyphen. For example: a half-full glass. The glass is half full.
Do you know any other phrases with half?

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