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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!


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!


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


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


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


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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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        Revision:  18 March 2006
Last modified:  18 March 2006