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CHARLIE HE'S MY DARLING. AKA - "O Charley is My Darling." Scottish, Air (4/4 time). D Minor (): E Minor (Manson). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Johnson): AB (Howe, Manson): AAB (Gow). A song air to which various sets of lyrics were set by Robert Burns, Lady Nairne,James Hogg, and Captain Charles Grayre. Burns' lyric was either reworked by Robert Burns from a c. 1775 broadside, or was his original work; it appears in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. 5 [1] (No. 428, p. 440) in 1796. His lyric begins:

'Twas on a Monday morning,
Right early in the year,
That Charlie came to our town,
The young Chevalier.

An' Charlie, he's my darling,
My darling, my darling,
Charlie, he's my darling,
The young Chevalier.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Complete Repository, Part 4), 1817; p. 1 (two versions). Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 124. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 5), 1796; No. 428, p. 440. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 12.

Recorded sources: HMV 3-7939 (78 RPM), Horace Fellowes (1911).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index [2]
Hear Ewan McColl & Peggy Seegar's version on [3]

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