Tune of the Day: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
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.