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I'll help you get across a river.
Once unrecognised in Fischer's song,
Later I found fame alone
And also as a US state.

Who am I?

Hint 1:

Concentrate on lines 1, 3, and 4. Line 2 and the title should be used only as checks to ensure your answer is right. They're there to make sure the answer is unique, and the way they fit it is rather twisted (but should become clear once you have the right idea).

Hint 2:

The answer is not actually a US state.

To be accepted, an answer must explain all lines including the title. But any serious attempt at a solution will get an upvote from me.

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    $\begingroup$ If not CARROLL-OFF, then perhaps WASHINGT-ON or DODGS-ON. $\endgroup$ – Gamow Mar 12 '15 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe Wisc-ons-in? In the lyrics of this song lyrics.wikia.com/Tom_Schilling:Fischer%27s_Song it says 'Off is in'. And together with once=ons, and off=in... $\endgroup$ – Enigma Mar 12 '15 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ Nice ideas from both of you, but it's probably better to think about the title only at the end (see the new hint). $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 '15 at 23:40
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    $\begingroup$ Great riddle! All the lines point to the answer in a clever and satisfying way. $\endgroup$ – xnor Mar 22 '15 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor Thanks a lot! :-) I was worried it might be too hard, especially line 2, but PSE's top riddle-solver cracked it in the end. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 22 '15 at 19:49
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You are:

HARRISON FORD.

I'll help you get across a river.

There are a few things that do this... a bridge, a ford, a boat, a raft, Charon.

Once unrecognised in Fischer's song,

Ford was uncredited on a film called: "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round". Wild Man Fischer's most famous song is called Merry Go Round.

Later I found fame alone

ALONE -> SOLO. Han Solo was played by Harrison Ford.

And also as a US state.

Indiana Jones is one of Ford's main sources of fame.

The title:

If you are not Lewis-off... maybe you are Harris-on :)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! I was beginning to get the feeling this one was too hard, but you've cracked it in the end. +1 and accept. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 22 '15 at 11:56
  • $\begingroup$ It was really hard :p But clever :D $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop Mar 22 '15 at 11:57
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Is it

Texas

I'll help you get across a river

The war against Mexico made Texas troops cross the Rio Grande

Once unrecognized in Fischer's song

One of his songs is The Vessel. Or something with the word vessel in it. A battleship of Texas was called the USS Texas I believe.

Later found fame alone

Won the Texas Revolution by itself and joined the US later. Battle of the Alamo, anyone?

And also a US state

Texas joined the US shortly after the Texas Revolution.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid this isn't right, but +1 since it fits most of the clues (not the Carrolloff clue, and the Fischer line is a bit of a stretch). $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 '15 at 19:44
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My guess is

Carolina (North or South)

I'll help you get across a river

There were several ships called Caroline

Later I found fame alone

May refer to Caroline affair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_affair) or Hurricane Caroline (1975) or even Hurricanes HNL team

Getting back to the title and second line

@Enigma guessed about words "Off is in" in Tom Schilling's song. So, how about just replace "off" in "Carrolloff" with "in" and we'll get something close to "Caroline"

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  • $\begingroup$ Why found fame alone? Also there's no link between the title and the second line; they're both hard (harder than Carrolloff->Caroline!) but in different ways. +1 for a good try though :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 13 '15 at 10:25
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I believe it is

Washington.

Who am I, if not Carrolloff?

no idea woo (likely a play on words as mentioned, Carrolloff -> Carrollon -> Washington)

I'll help you get across a river.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_crossing_of_the_Delaware_River

Once unrecognised in Fischer's song,

no idea woo

Later I found fame alone

first president obviously

And also as a US state.

Washington is a state.


Obviously this is only half complete.
Also credit to Gamow for having the idea.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid this isn't right (the "no idea woo" parts are going to trip you up). $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 13 '15 at 11:30
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Only partial answer

Are you:

Mississippi?

/'ll help you get across a river.

Mississippi is name of a ship as well

Once unrecognised in Fischer's song,

No idea who that is or what song

Later I found fame alone

Don't know

And also as a US state.

It is a US state

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope, I'm afraid you're way off. I'll add a hint later today if nobody else gets it. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 '15 at 10:00
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ok this is a huge guess

is it:

New Orleans

not carrollof but

Carrollton New Orleans

Ill' help you get accros the river

new orleans harbor

fischer

ok I'm wrong

fame

sorry I dont know :'(

and also a us state

ok on this ons is correct :D

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  • $\begingroup$ Well, if you know it's wrong, why not delete the answer? :-) You can always post a second answer if you have a new idea. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 '15 at 19:43

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