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Carrie Barry
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Real Name

Caroline Barry

First Appearance

The Wizard of Oz (1902 Stage Production)

Created by

L. Frank Baum

Origin

Early in the first act of the 1902 Wizard of Oz, Sir Dashemoff Daily, the Poet Laureate of Oz, has fallen madly in love with Dorothy Gale, having just arrived from Kansas. Sir Dashemoff mistakenly believes her to be Carrie Barry and has written a song for her. On discovering the song, Dorothy foolishly wastes one of the three wishes granted to her by a magical Ruby Ring given to her by the Good Witch of the North. Suddenly, Dorothy KNOWS the song and sings it for Dashemoff. The plot at its finest!

The lyrics for Carrie Barry were written by L. Frank Baum but, exactly who wrote the music is up for debate: in 1902, the musical score was credited to Paul Tietjens however, beginning in 1903, it was credited to A. Baldwin Sloane with the change going unexplained and no sheet music ever published.

It's a sweet song with a catchy tune; give it a listen (this recording was prepared by James Patrick Doyle and Stefanie Lynn in 2000 for David Maxine's multi-media recreation of ACT I of the show at the Centennial Oz Conference in Bloomington, Indiana)!

Lyrics

I dare not call her Caroline,
I think of her as Carrie.
Her eyes like stars at twilight shine,
And she has won this heart of mine
With glances none could parry.
And when she smiles a smile divine
With cruelty then I task her,
This dainty maid knows I'm afraid
To boldly up and ask her.
Airy, fairy, Carrie Barry,
Will you marry me?
I'm as much in love with you
As any man can be.
Night and day, for you always
I pine, and pine, and pine.
Airy, fairy, Carrie Barry,
Say, will you be mine?
And though untold, this love of mine,
This love shall never vary.
I'm looking for some little sign,
One spoken word, one written line--
To bid me hope and tarry.
And truth it is, that I opine
She looks upon me coldly.
That's why I fear, when she is near,
To up, and ask her boldly.
Airy, fairy, Carrie Barry,
Will you marry me?
I'm as much in love with you
As any many can be.
Night and day, for you always
I pine, and pine, and pine.
Airy, fairy Carrie Barry,
Say, will you be mine?

Notes

Much like Wonderland's Mary Ann, Carrie Barry is an unseen character only mentioned by others. Also much like Mary Ann, she must look very similar to the star character for others to have mistaken them for each other.

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