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"Charlie Over the Ocean" Lyrics, Text Format

Developing an independent voice.
Walking a steady beat while singing syncopated rhythms.


  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: USA – Singing Game
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: staves: AABB – song: ABAB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ti ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ta/ | ta ti ta ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: beginners: So La Do Re Mi – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: beginners: Mi\Do, Do\La, So/Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; vocal slur, syncopation, tapping duple meter in 6/8 time, singing alone and in groups
  • Key Words: play ground song, singing game, camp game song, independent voice, echo song, call response, sailing, earth science, ocean, sea, blackbird, catch; contraction: can’t (cannot), Duck, Duck, Goose

“Charlie Over the Ocean” 

Solo Group
Charlie over the ocean, Charlie over the ocean,
Charlie over the sea, Charlie over the sea,
Charlie caught a blackbird, Charlie caught a blackbird,
Can’t catch me. Can’t catch me.


  • Students form a standing circle facing the middle (arms length apart) with one student out.
  • With a steady beat* one student begins walking around the outside of the circle singing the solo, echoed by the group.
  • When the song ends, the walking student chooses (taps) the student they are walking behind.
  • Racing around the circle, should the chosen student tag the first student before they reach the opening in the circle they win their place back and the song is sung again.
  • If not, they become the new soloist.

* represented by two dotted quarter notes

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