I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't ... resist coming to the forum and making this joke.
Harry, Harry, here is your answer true
I'd be crazy if I married the likes of you
There won't be any marriage
If you can't afford a carriage
'cos I'll be damned
if I'll be crammed
On a bicycle made for two.
Cap'n Obvious ftw!
Kieronymous, that's awesome, I had never heard of any of the answers. My favorite from the Wikipedia article:
For I'll be switched if I'll be hitched
On a bicycle built for two.
Well, technically we're still singing just the Chorus from the 1892 hit. The verses (three of them) not so much.
You can hear the verses by going here, and clicking on "Listen":
Bicycle Built For Two [musicnotes.com]
This is pretty common with older songs--only the chorus gets remembered, and the verses get lost. Sometimes it's really weird: in "The Band Played On" (Casey would waltz with the strawberry blonde), the verses are not only in a different key, they're in a different time signature!
And you never find out why her brain was so loaded it nearly exploded.
At least with "Daisy," the verses make sense relative to the chorus.
"This is pretty common with older songs--only the chorus gets remembered, and the verses get lost."
Actually, I'd say that's pretty common with most pop songs, old or new. Pop songwriters know that they need a "hook" to catch the listener, and the chorus is the logical place for this hook, so they work hard to make the chorus catchy and memorable, not the verses.
I was trying to think of a good modern example, but right now, I've got Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good" stuck in my head. Compare the verses and chorus in that song.
"Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix is a modern example. All most people remember from that song is "purple Haze" and "'scuse me while I kiss this guy (in reality, kiss the sky)". So they only remember the hooks - and remember one of them wrong, at that.
Here's the reply I learned:
Michael, Michael, here is your answer dear;
I won't cycle through life with you, I fear;
If you can't afford a carriage,
you can't afford a marriage,
and I'll be d*&med
if I'll be crammed
on a bicycle built for two.