“Daisy Deane”


The singer recalls meeting Daisy Deane in a flowery meadow where the birds sang. He recalls that she outshone the flowers. But now both are faded; Daisy is dead

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Daisy Deane
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From W. K. McNeil, Southern Folk Ballads, Volume II, pp. 162-163.
Apparently transcribed from the original sheet music.

'Twas down in the meadows, the violets were blowing,
And the springtime grass was fresh and green;
ANd the birds by the brooklet their sweet songs were singing
When I first met my darling Daisy Deane.


None knew thee but to love thee, thou dear one of my heart,
O they mem'ry is ever fresh and green,
Tho' the sweet buds may wither and fond hearts bebroken,
Still I'll love thee my darling Daisy Deane.

(3 additional stanzas)


There is a "Daisy Deane Songster" dated 1869, presumably named after the heroine of his song. This would seem to imply a high degree of popularity for the song, at least for a time. - RBW


  • Grandpa Jones, "Daisy Dean" (King 834, 1949)


  1. McNeil-SFB2, pp. 162-165, "Daisy Deane" (2 texts, one the original print version and the other a field collection; 2 tunes)
  2. ST MN2162 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4269
  4. BI, MN2162


Author: Lt. T. F. Winthrop & James R. Murray
Earliest date: 1863 (sheet music)
Keywords: death courting flowers
Found in: US(SE)