© words & music by Annie Wilson
from CD Sky & Water, Wind & Grass

Album Note:  Our daughters Katie, Emily & Julia each raised bottle calves as 4-H projects, and in the process learned a lot both about hard work and  having fun.  I will never forget the many sweet and humorous episodes that occurred between kid and calf.

This song won Second Place in Children's Songs in the 2020 Walnut Valley NewSongs songwriting contest. 

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We all loved little Daisy
when yer Daddy brought her        home 
A precious tiny orphan calf
that you would call your own 
She was frightened in the barn
and so beside her you laid down 
To warm and give her comfort
til she was sleeping sound 

Her big brown eyes were dreamy
and her lashes long and full 
Her legs were thin and knobby
with their tiny little hooves 
Her coat was soft and silky
and it smelled like prairie hay 
She leaned in close & shut her eyes
as you brushed her every day 

     You and Daisy
     Round and around you’d go 
     A busy little pair of pals
     Both of you on the go 
     You’d lead her round the          driveway 
     She’d pretty well lead you back 
     And  when you were done,
     You’d give her a hug 
     Your sweet little bottle calf 

She grew fast on the milk you fed her
every morn and night 
Your 4-H leader helped you learn
to care for her just right 
Your voice was low and serious
as you coached her for the fair 
Then-she’d pull your wagon round the barn,
we’d always find you there 

You and Daisy practiced at the fair
for hours and hours 
You washed your little Daisy
til she smelled just like a flower 
When it came your turn to show her
she was good and didn’t budge 
You answered all the questions
while you smiled at the judge 


The next year Daisy grew to be
a heifer with the others 
And in another year we saw
that she became a mother 
We’d walk out to the pasture
and see her with her calf 
She’d step out from the herd
and amble over for a pat 

We still pass by your ribbon
on the wall in your old room 
It makes us smile and think of Daisy’s
year she spent with you 
There’s just something ‘bout a little kid 
out playing with a calf 
That never fails to warm our hearts
And makes us wanna laugh