Scottish Traditional

Lyrics

1. 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.

Chorus
Bring back, bring back,
Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me!
Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me!

2. Oh, blow ye winds over the ocean,
Oh, blow ye winds over the sea,
Oh, blow ye winds over the ocean,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

Chorus

3. 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.

Chorus

Background

“My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean” is a traditional Scottish folk song which remains popular in the English-speaking world. 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’).

In 1881 Charles E. Pratt published sheet music for “Bring Back My Bonnie To Me” since people were requesting the song at sheet music stores. The song became a big hit, especially popular with college singing groups but also popular for all group singing situations.

Performances

Here is a hot 1938 version by Scottish-born Ella Logan, with The Perry Botkin Orchestra:

Here is a version by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers (that’s The Beatles before they became famous!):

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean