Charlie Is My Darling (song)

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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.

Roger Quilter's setting of the Burns version of the song was included in the Arnold Book of Old Songs, published in 1950.

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 then current (2008–2010) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling.

Another parody of the song is heard in the "Charlie X" episode of the classic series Star Trek, in which Lt. Uhura sings a special version (with lyrics adapted to the plot) as Mr. Spock accompanies her on the Vulcan lyre.

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