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Posted - 12 Mar 05 - 11:42 am

Charlie is m' darling, m' darling, m' darling,
Charlie is m' darling, the young Chevalier.

'Twas on a Monday morning
Right early in the year,
When Charlie cam' to our town
The young Chevalier.
Charlie is m' darling, m' darling, m' darling,
Charlie is m' darling, the young Chevalier.

As he cam' marching up the street,
The pipes played loud and clear,
And a' the folks cam' running out
To meet the Chevalier.
Charlie is, etc.

Wi' Hieland bonnets on their heads,
And cla'mores bright and clear,
Thet cam' to fight for Scotland's right
And the young Chevalier.
Charlie is, etc.

They've left their bonnie Hieland hills,
Their wives and bairnies dear,
To draw the sword for Scotland;s Lord,
The young Chevalier.
Charlie is, etc

Malcolm Douglas
Posted - 12 Mar 05 - 08:33 pm

Roud 5510. This particular text was written by Lady Nairne; it appeared anonymously in The Scotish Minstrel, 1820. There are others by Burns, Hogg and Captain Charles Grey. The final verse is omitted here:

Oh, there were mony beating hearts,
And mony a hope and fear,
And mony were the prayers put up
For the young Chevalier.

masato sakurai

Posted - 12 Mar 05 - 11:55 pm

From John Greig, Scots Minstrelsie (1893), vol. 2:

page 133

page 134

page 135

notes 1


masato sakurai

Posted - 13 Mar 05 - 12:26 am

From notes to "Charlie is my Darling" in Charles Rogers, Life and Songs of the Baroness Nairne (London: Charles Griffin and Co., 1869, p. 199):
Charlie is my Darling.-- A version of this song, written to an older air, was communicated by Burns to Johnson's Museum (vol. iii., p. 440). The words partakes of the levity of the older ballads. The Ettrick Shepherd composed another set of verses, which is included in his Jacobite Relics (Edinb. 1821, vol. ii., p. 92). His song closes with the following stanza--
"Our Highland hearts are true and leal,
And glow without a stain;
Our Highland swords are metal keen,
and Charlie he's our ain."
A third version was composed by Captain Charles Gray, R.M. (Lays and Lyrics, Edinb. 1841, 12 mo., p. 42). This is quoted with commendation in G.F. Graham's Songs of Scotland (vol. i., p. 91). Lady Nairne's version was communicated anonymously to the Scotish Minstrel; it appears in vol. i., pp. 86-7 of that work.

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