“Once I Loved a Bonny Boy”


The singer and her lover vowed to marry but "all vows and protestations between us he broke." He's on the ocean and, though some say he'll not prosper, she wishes him "safe sailing and a fair wind to blow." Meeting is pleasure, parting grief, and so on.

Cross references

  • cf. "On Top of Old Smoky" (floating verses)


  • Robert Cinnamond, "Once I Loved a Bonny Boy" (on IRRCinnamond03)


  1. Roud #6998
  2. BI, RcOILaBB


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955 (IRRCinnamond03)
Found in: Ireland