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    Cool Who is Bonnie?

    I'm was teaching something about american folklore and suddenly asked me about the old song "My Bonnie lies over the ocean". Well, I talked about the letter, about the musicians that recorded this song but when I talked about the idea inside of the lyric I had some doubt. So, please, tell me if someone knows:
    Was Bonnie a beautiful girl or just a little toy?
    Was it inspired in a real history?
    How do people see this song? Do they think that it's a nice or sad song?
    Well, that's all folks!

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    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    Quote Originally Posted by EducadorZero View Post
    Was Bonnie a beautiful girl or just a little toy?
    'My Bonnie' means 'My pretty one, mydear, my loved one'.
    Was it inspired by an event/person in a real history? It has been suggested that it might be a reference to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender.
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    #3

    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    It's Scottish, not American.

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    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    Thanks for this information, but please, tell me more, I've never listened it.

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    #5

    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    Quote Originally Posted by EducadorZero View Post
    Thanks for this information, but please, tell me more, I've never listened it.
    But what do you want to know?

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    #6

    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    I remember my mom singing that to me. I think we would over-dramatize the words "bring back."

    My kids and I sing Katy Perry song. My how times have changed!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    Quote Originally Posted by EducadorZero View Post
    Thanks for this information, but please, tell me more, I've never listened it.
    Have a look at this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Bonn...over_the_Ocean

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    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    Thank you and thanks everyone that helped me to find more informations about this.
    I finished to read now the subject in this link in the last reply and I liked so much of this.

    Thats grea!!!

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    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    Quote Originally Posted by EducadorZero View Post
    Thank you and thanks to everyone that who helped me to find more informations (singular - uncountable) about this.

    I have now finished to reading now the subject in this contents of the link in the last reply and I liked it so very much. of this.

    That was great!
    We're glad you enjoyed learning about Bonnie Prince Charlie. Please see some amendments I have made to your post above.

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    Re: Who is Bonnie?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We're glad you enjoyed learning about Bonnie Prince Charlie. ....
    A bit more about BPC. The young pretender escaped, after the battle of Culloden, to Skye in a boat (another song is The Skye Boat Song ('Carry the lad that's born to be King/Over the sea to Skye') and thence to France ('My b*onnie lies over the sea'). It was a crime (punishable by death) to drink a toast to him, so in many Highland families the toast would be 'The King' - but the raised glasses would be passed over the water jug, to signify that the toast was to 'the King across the water'.

    *I don't think, at the time, 'bonnie' was a name. It's just the Scots (and Geordie, and many other dialects) word for an attractive or admirable thing. Many documents - particularly more recent ones - will have capitalized it.

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