As I Was Going By Charing Cross
is a nursery rhyme
, sometimes referred to as "As I was going to Charing Cross".
- As I was going by Charing Cross,
- I saw a black man upon a black horse.
- They told me it was King Charles the First.
- Oh dear, my heart was ready to burst!
This refers to a statue of Charles I on horseback outside Charing Cross. The "black man" may refer to the condition of the statue.
The last line may refer to the reaction of the crowd when he was beheaded.