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Sheet Music: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

TitleMy Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Alternate titlesMy Bonnie is over the Ocean
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
RangeE4–E5
Time signature3/4
Tempo144 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2009-03-28
Last updated2009-03-28
CategoriesNursery rhymes, Traditional/Folk

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Saturday 28 March 2009

Tune of the Day: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

Traditional Scottish

This traditional Scottish folk song may have its origin in the history of Charles Edward Stuart, commonly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. Prince Charlie had to hide from the English who were looking for him everywhere. Much money was offered to anyone who would capture the Prince dead or alive. But the proud Scots never betrayed the Prince, though they were very poor. Finally a very noble lady, whose name was Flora Macdonald, helped him make his final escape to France. Prince Charlie was dressed as a servant-girl and taken in a boat to the Island of Skye in the northwest, where a ship was waiting to bring him to France.

By the way, this is certainly one of the most parodied songs of all time. On Wikipedia you can even find a long list of parodies one can sing over its melody.