I’ll give you a daisy a day, dear…

1 07 2008

Every time I see a daisy in bloom, the song “Daisy a Day” comes to me. I’ll sing it for friends but not many of them have heard it or remember it (but my sister Debbie does!). It’s so catchy and bittersweet—it stays in my head for days afterward. I first heard it when I was 13 and because I have a (completely useless) knack for remembering a vast number of song lyrics, I can sing it by heart to this day.

Jud Strunk, a popular folk singer, songwriter, and comedian, recorded this song in 1973. Although he recorded three humorous songs that also made it into the country music charts, this song was his most popular, and was one of the recordings chosen to accompany the Apollo astronauts on their missions to the moon. The song made the Top 15 in pop charts and the Top 40 on the country charts. Making his way to California, he appeared on Bewitched, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Hee Haw and the Merv Griffin Show.

Strunk made his family home in Farmington, Maine. He ran for the Maine State Senate in 1970 and lost by only one vote. Strunk was a private pilot and suffered a heart attack while taking off in his 1941 Fairchild M62-A in October 1981, eight years after he recorded “Daisy a Day.” He was just 45 years old and left behind a wife and three sons.

In honor of the late Jud Strunk, I’m introducing you to this lovely tune. Listen to Strunk sing his song on the Johnny Carson Show. And here’s a nice presentation with photos by Ned Nickerson on the blog, www.giveyouadaisyaday.blogspot.com. Learn more about his life and career on www.judstrunk.com.

I’ll give you a daisy a day, dear.
I’ll give you a daisy a day.
I’ll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away.


FYI: The waterdrops were Mother Nature-placed and not from my water hose! 🙂