Charlie Is My Darling (song)
Charlie Is My Darling is the title of a number of traditional Scots songs.
The first is attributed variously to James Hogg or Carolina Oliphant (Lady Nairne). Beginning with the line Twas on a Monday morning, right early in the year, it celebrates the Jacobite movement. A second later song of the same name is attributed to Charles Gray. However, the best-known version is by Robert Burns, whose 1794 version is somewhat more earthy than the more patriotic earlier ones. Eddi Reader has recorded a popular version of this one on her highly regarded CD of Robert Burns's songs.
The song was also parodied on BBC Radio Scotland, by comedy group Flying Pig Productions in their show Desperate Fishwives. The title was switched to 'Darling is a Charlie', referring to the trials and tribulations of the current (2008–2010) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling.
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