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Song Parodies -> "My Bonnie"

Original Song Title:

"My Dad"

Original Performer:

Paul Petersen

Parody Song Title:

"My Bonnie"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

What does one do for an encore to atriplesmoosh? Why, a sextuple smoosh, of course! :) Here's the first of the six (with the longest intro - rest are much shorter ;).

"My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean" is a traditional Scottish folk song. 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"). We'll go with that, and so use "Bonnie" as referring to said Prince, rather than the current (US?) usage as a female given name.

A version of the song entitled just “My Bonnie” was arranged and recorded during 1961 by Tony Sheridan, with musical backing by The Beatles, at a time before they became famous, and who were credited on the recording as the "Beat Brothers". It was first released in October 1961, and reached #5 in the German Hit Parade. In the UK, the single was released on 5 January 1962, credited to "Tony Sheridan and The Beatles". In the United States, the release of 4 April 1962 was canceled, but it was released on 27 January 1964 as "The Beatles with Tony Sheridan".

Paul Petersen actually sang TOS to his "father" on "The Donna Reed Show". Actual video clip from the show, containing TOS, here. Have your handkerchiefs ready...

He travels much; seeking prize: British world
Not kind to Him: history
His ship tossed around; by the wind, it is hurled
May He be returned to me

Bring back - our dear Sovereign
Though winds may blow forceful and strong
Don't let it be long: bring back

Brave lad, retak-ing our lands
His right-ful throne: Royalty's chair
But fight ev'rywhere; arms, clad

Last night, in bed
Had a nightmare, dread:
I tossed and turned and cried
On pillow, wept
Why, I barely slept
In my dream, was cursed: he died!

The winds: now, homeward, they blow
And finally, hope has come true
Are back: ship and crew
So glad: He's here once again!

Before our UK friends protest or correct, let's note that the romanticized ballad didn't depict the truth: Prince Charles failed in his attempt to retake the throne of Britain for the Catholic House of Stuart after the monarchy split from the Roman Catholic Church. He fled when his uprising failed. He lived the rest of his life, and died, in exile. (Sorry, UK chaps, for condensing so much, but the lightweight songs being smooshed hardly deserve a full set of historical fooTTnotes.)

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Patrick - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I'll have to check out the Ray Peterson song when I get the chance. Celtic Woman does a wonderful song "Mo Ghile Mear" or some such Gaelic spelling, which also refers to the lost Prince. At one time, didn't Prince Charlie get within a few miles of London, causing the city to evacuate in panic. Had he known that there was no army between him and the capitol, history might have been different today. Maybe we'd all be writing in Gaelic instead of English. No improvement, it's even harder to spell.
Patrick - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Paul Petersen. That's what I think I meant to say.
Stuart Plaid - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
555 for proclamation of the prince's plight, and penning of poignant parody :D
Tommy Turtle - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Patrick: Thanks for another inspiration: "My Gael" :-D ... Sooo many ways that history would have changed if one single incident were changed. We'd all be writing in German if the psycho hadn't
(a) chased away enormous amounts of brain-power by his persecutions;
(b) apparently, taken a sleeping pill the night before D-Day, if the movie "The Longest Day" is to be believed, and
(c) tried to invade Moscow in winter, not learning from history, as usual (Napoleon).
          He was working on atomic bombs and jet planes/fighters, and if not stopped before either became operational ... Thanks for the v/c.

Stuart Plaid: A++ for astute alliteration, arduous appreciation, and all-around acclaim as astounding analyst. ;-D
TJC - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Bravo! Bonnie was bloody--wells done that is! The TV clip left me a bit cold, being all stilted and such, but I can appreciate the OS none the less. And, the history lesson was all new to me. PS: LOL your interplay with Stuart!
Old Man Ribber - November 04, 2010 - Report this comment
My Man!!
Andy P - November 04, 2010 - Report this comment
This one would have worked using The Platters as well - he was also known as "The Young Pretender"
Tommy Turtle - November 04, 2010 - Report this comment
TJC: Yep, 50s sitcoms had nowhere near the depth of character and emotion of today's masterfeces .... About that interplay with Stuart - uh, no one's supposed to know, at least, until they repeal "Don't ask; don't tell" - we're still in the (water) closet. Thanks for v/c. :)

Old Man Ribber: I can cancel the "Missing Reader" alert! My fan! :-D

Andy P.: Ohhh, that *is* good... I DK the full depth of the story, surely nowhere nearly as well as you -- you want to do that one? Thanks for v/c.

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