Charlie over the Ocean
DESCRIPTION: "Charlie over the ocean (x3), Charlie over the sea." "Charlie caught a (blackbird/blackfish) (x2), Can't catch me."
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (recording, children of East York School)
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Courlander-NFM, pp. 159-160, "(Charlie Over the Ocean)" (1 text)
Children of East York School, "Charlie Over the Ocean" (on NFMAla6m RingGames1)
NOTES: Both the reference to "Charlie over the ocean" and the mention of a blackbird hint at a Jacobite background -- but the keyword is "hint." This clearly has been long forgotten in the American tradition (though Roud links it to several Bonnie Prince Charlie songs). - RBW
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