Cock Your Pistol Charlie slide

Also known as Cock Your Pistol Charley, Cock Your Pistol, Charlie.

Cock Your Pistol Charlie has been added to 1 tune set.

Cock Your Pistol Charlie has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Cock Your Pistol Charlie
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2e e2f g2f e2c|d2B A2F D2E FED|
E2e e2f g2f e2c|d2B A2F E3 E2D:|
|:E2B B2A B2A F2A|d2B A2F D2E FED|
E2B B2A B2A F2A|Bcd A2F E3 E2D:|
X: 2
T: Cock Your Pistol Charlie
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: E2 e e2 f | g2 f e2 c | d2 B A2 F | D2 E F2 D |
E2 e e2 f | g2 f e2 c | d2 B A2 F | E3 E3 :|
|: E2 B B2 A | B2 A F2 A | d2 B A2 F | D2 E F2 D |
E2 B B2 A | B2 A F2 A | Bcd A2 F | E3 E3 :|

Twelve comments

Cock Your Pistol Charlie

I think this is probably supposed to be played as a single jig in 6/8, but I’d be more inclined to play it as a slide. This is one of the first tunes I ever learnt. I was surprised it wasn’t already posted. I always just assumed it was a Scottish tune, but apparently it’s Irish. I’m afraid I don’t know much more about the tune, other than that it’s probably a relative of the Tap Room reel and its variants.

Like the name. Very… um… suggestive

Not on here already?!?!!!

I can’t believe this isn’t on here already! Why on Earth not? I learnt this about 42 years ago, BEFORE I got interested in trad and stuff.

I must say, Dow, you have posted the classic version of this tune.

Well done for spotting the gap and plugging it.

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Tune #250 ~ relativity ~ “The Road To Lisdoonvarna”

Key signature: E Dorian
Submitted on August 24th 2001 by Kerri Brown.
https://thesession.org/tunes/250

If in a different order…

Yes, a similar tune. But nevertheless different.

Whatever happened to Kerri anyway? Kerri are you out there?

I’m astonished that there are no recordings listed for this tune. None on Alan Ng’s database either - it just says it’s in the Roche collection. I always assumed it was a common tune, but obviously it’s not as well-known as I thought. Does anyone else apart from me and Ben play this?

This is how common I thought the tune was: I was taught it, aged 8, by a - very - Welsh peripatetic fiddle teacher by the name of John Harries, when I was growing up in South Wales.

It was one of only 2 trad tunes (I think only two …) that he taught me - ‘tother one being Ty Coch y Gaerdydd, as far as I recall … in F …

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“Cock Your Pistol Charlie” ~ 1 of 2 (6/8 & 2/4) from Roche

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music"
Book II, page 21, #243

X: 2
T: Cock Your Pistol Charlie
L: 1/8
M: 6/8
R: jig
K: E Dorian
|: E2 e e2 f | g2 f e2 c | d2 B A2 F | D2 E F2 D |
E2 e e2 f | g2 f e2 c | d2 B A2 F | E3 E3 :|
|: E2 B B2 A | B2 A F2 A | d2 B A2 F | D2 E F2 D |
E2 B B2 A | B2 A F2 A | Bcd A2 F | E3 E3 :|

Almost no differences with the transcription given…

I suspect there are other names for it…

Lyrics?

So, which of you are going to add the lyrics? 😏