Song to Bonny: another Dylan lyric that needs music adding

By Aaron Galbraith

Here is another Dylan lyric with no music, plus an invite to you to create the song and have it published here.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was probably set to the same music as Song To Woody…but who knows so if you are of a musical frame of mind you can do what they want with it!

It’s called Song To Bonny and was written in December 1960. I’ve transcribed the lyrics from the source material here to make it easier to read…

Song To Bonny

My Mother raised me tenderly
I was her pride and joy
She never meant for me to be
No wanderin’ homeless boy

I’m writing a song to a girl I once knew
It wasn’t so long but it seems so long ago
This ain’t no love song or none of its kind
It’s a song of remembrance of a girl in my mind

Hey hey Bonny I’m singing to you now
This song I’m singing is the best I know how
The song birds are singing their voices do ring
And I’ll think of you as long as they sing

Hey Bonny Beecher I think that you know
What I am doing and where I must go
Can’t give you no ring of diamond or gold
But I’ll think about you wherever I go

Springtime’s a comin’ and the grass’ll turn green
The flowers’ll bloom and the leaves on the trees
Will all turn in colors and all seem to shade
The Wild Mississippi where you sit and wait

Hey hey Bonny I wrote you a song
Cause I don’t know if I’ll see you again
I want you to know whatever I do
I’ll always remember that I once was with you

Remember me baby I’s good to you one time
I’m a wandering boy and you’re in my wandering mind
Or the last verse could be the other way round..I’m not sure!
I’m a wandering boy and you’re in my wandering mind
Remember me baby I’s good to you one time
I really love the verse that begins “Springtime’s…”