My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean


My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

"My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" is a traditional Scottish folk song which remains popular in Western culture.

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History

The origin of the song is unknown, though it is often suggested that the subject of the song may be Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’). [1]

In 1881, under the duo of pseudonyms H.J. Fulmer and J.T. Wood, Charles E. Pratt published sheet music for "Bring Back My Bonnie To Me".[2][3][4] Theodore Raph in his 1964 book American song treasury: 100 favorites, writes that people were requesting the song at sheet music stores in the 1870s, and Pratt was convinced to publish a version of it under the pseudonyms, and the song became a big hit, especially popular with college singing groups but also popular for all group singing situations.[3]

Lyrics

My Bonnie lies over the ocean
My Bonnie lies over the sea
My Bonnie lies over the ocean
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me
 
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Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me
 
Last night as I lay on my pillow
Last night as I lay on my bed
Last night as I lay on my pillow
I dreamt that my Bonnie was dead
 
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Oh blow the winds o'er the ocean
And blow the winds o'er the sea
Oh blow the winds o'er the ocean
And bring back my Bonnie to me
 
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The winds have blown over the ocean
The winds have blown over the sea
The winds have blown over the ocean
And brought back my Bonnie to me
 
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Parodies

There are numerous variations and parodies of the song. Many of these are a result of the song being sung often to children and being a common campfire song for organisations such as the Boy Scouts.[5] These campfire versions are occasionally accompanied by interactive movements, such as sitting down or standing up every time a word that begins with the letter "b" is sung.

In popular culture

References

  1. ^ My Bonnie Lies ... !
  2. ^ Burton, Jack. The blue book of Tin Pan Alley: a human interest encyclopedia of American popular music, Volume 1, p. 9, 47 (1965)
  3. ^ a b Raph, Theodore. The American song treasury: 100 favorites, p. 201-03 (1964)
  4. ^ Herder, Ronald. 500 best-loved song lyrics, p. 231 (1998)
  5. ^ Campfire Song Book - Audience participation songs
  6. ^ John Grant (2001). Masters of Animation. Watson–Guptill. ISBN 0823030415. http://books.google.com/books?id=fILQxHvuEHYC&pg=PA82&dq=famous-bouncing-ball. 
  7. ^ IMDB entry
  8. ^ Warner Brothers (1948) My Bunny Lies Over The Sea at the Internet Movie Database; Animation, Short, Comedy
  9. ^ Everett, Walter (2001). The Beatles As Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195141054. 

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