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Charlie he's my Darling

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Melody: Charlie He's My Darling - reed (Duration: 1:18) [Sequencer: Unknown]
Charlie he's my Darling

'Twas on a Monday morning
Right early in the year,
When Charlie came to our town --
The Young Chevalier!

Chorus:

An' Charlie he's my darling,
My darling, my darling,
Charlie he's my darling, --
The Young Chevalier!
As he cam' marchin' up the street
The pipes played loud and clear
And a' the folk cam' rinnin' out
To meet the Chevalier!

Chorus:

Wi' highland bonnets on their heads
And claymores bright and clear
They cam' to fight for Scotland's right
And the Young Chevalier!

Chorus:

They've left their bonnie highland hills
Their wives and bairnies dear
To draw the sword for Scotland's lord
The Young Chevalier!

Chorus:

Oh, there were many beating hearts
And mony a hope and fear
And mony were the pray'rs put up
For the young Chevalier!

Chorus:

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Comments:

The first verse and the chorus above are the Orignial words by Robert Burns. The additional verses are by Carolina Oliphant, (Lady Nairne), 1766-1845

Burn's original verses for the second through fourth verses:

As he was walking up the street
The city for to view,
O, there he spied a bonnie lass
The window looking thro'!

Sae light's he jimpe'd up the stair,
And tirl'd at t6he pin;
And wha she ready as hersel'
To let the laddie in!

He set his Jenny on his knee,
All in his Highland dress;
For brawlie weel he kend the way
to please a bonnie lass.

It's up you heathery mountain
And down yon scroggy glen,
We daurna gang a-milking
For Charlie and his men!

Scots Glossary:
tirl'd = rattled
pin = door latch
brawlie weel = very well
kened = knew, understood
scroggy = hilled slopes covered in brush
daurna = dare not

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