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My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean

My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
My Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

O’ blow ye winds over the ocean,
O’ blow ye winds over the sea.
O’ blow ye winds over the ocean,
And bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ 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 dreamed that my Bonnie was dead.

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

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.

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

My Bonnie leaned over the gas tank,
The height of its contents to see,
I lit a small match to assist her,
O’ Bring back my Bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

Last night as I lay on my pillow,
Last night as I lay on my bed,
I stuck my feet out of the window,
In the morning the neighbors were dead.

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

My mother makes beer in the bathtub,
My father makes synthetic gin,
My sister makes fudge for a quarter,
Wouldja believe how the money rolls in?

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

My mother, she drowned in the bathtub,
My father, he died from his gin,
My sister choked on her chocolate,
My stars, what a fix I am in.

Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me, to me,
Bring back, bring back, O’ bring back my Bonnie to me.

I tried making beer in the bathtub,
I tried making synthetic gin,
I tried making fudge for a living,
Now look at the shape that I’m in.


A great way to sing this is to have a single person do the main lyrics and then have the whole group join in for the ‘Bring back’ chorus.

Print this classic American campfire song for your next Den meeting or Pack camp out! For more great ideas, check out our Scout song list.

Use this song to fulfill one of the following Cub Scout Adventure requirements:

  • Tiger
    • Tiger Tales #6: Sing two folk songs.

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