“Charlie over the Ocean”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950 (recording, children of East York School)
Keywords: playparty
Found in: US(SE)


"Charlie over the ocean (x3), Charlie over the sea." "Charlie caught a (blackbird/blackfish) (x2), Can't catch me."


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



  1. Courlander-NFM, pp. 159-160, "(Charlie Over the Ocean)" (1 text)
  2. Roud #729
  3. BI, CNFM159