The Ballad of Charlie David

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This song is one that I learned from Jess Arrowsmith, who learned it from Mary Read in Canada. Currie wrote this song due to homesickness while abroad, and this lead to a short story and play. There's also a film called Margret's Museum based on the book/play, which has Helena Bona Carter doing what she does in every film I've seen her in: going insane.

Tuning: CGCFCD

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My brother was a miner
His name was Charlie Dave
He spent his whole young life laughing
And digging out his grave

When Charlie David was sixteen
He learnt to chew and spit
And he went one day with grandpa
And went to work in the pit

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For Charlie David, he was big
And Charlie Dave was strong
And Charlie Dave was two feet wide
And over six feet long

When Charlie David was sixteen
He met his Maggie June
On day shift weeks they met at eight
On backshift weeks at noon

When Charlie David was sixteen
He said to June “Let's wed”
Maggie June was so surprised
She fell right out of bed

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When Charlie David was sixteen
June had a little boy
Maggie June was not surprised
And Charlie jumped for joy

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When Charlie David was sixteen
The roof fell on his head
His laughing face was filled with clay
Now Charlie Dave is dead

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from Paradise Square, released November 1, 2012
Words: Sheldon Currie
Music: Trad(ish)

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Patrick Rose does folk style acoustic music in between learning about Computer Science and Maths, and occasionally running How To Play

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