• Bonny Grizzy
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Bonny Grizzy
on: May 03, 2021, 16:12:34
In the time of King James, Grizel Cochrane dressed herself as a highwayman to rob the mail coach of a warrant that would have seen her father hanged. This is her story:

Bonny Grizzy                        

For taking arms against King James      
My father was arrested         
Taken to the Tollbooth         
To join Políarth and Argyle         
He was tried and condemned         
To die upon the scaffold         
He's waiting for the warrant         
From London and King James      

CHORUS:
Oh my name it is Grizel         
I'm the daughter of John Cochrane      
My father lies interned         
With Políarth and Argyle         
He shall not die, he shall not die      
If Grizzy can prevent it            
I'll rob the London mail         
To set my father free            

I dressed myself in man's attire
To wait upon the highway
I followed the mail to Belford
Where the courier took some rest
I went up to his room
And I emptied both his pistols
But his head lay on his pillow
With the mail-bag underneath

Next morn at Fenwick woods
I heard the rider coming
As he reined for the corner
I took him by surprise
With my foot upon his chest
I robbed him of his mail-bag
Now I have the warrant
And my father will not die

A pardon now has reached Sir John
By bribing the King's counsel
At the door of the Tollbooth
He waits for his release
Oh daughter, dearest daughter
You are a pretty highwayman
And I must thank you dearly
For the saving of my life

Oh my name it is Grizel
I'm the daughter of John Cochrane

https://www.reverbnation.com/stevegrayandtheultrarayviolets/song/32621910-bonny-grizzy
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Re: Bonny Grizzy
Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 07:42:49
Wow @redmando
I really think that England is the only place where these hero thingies still exist.
And it taught me that cross dressing wasnít invented in Amsterdam. Smiley.

I like it very much and it left me a bit breathless. It sort of steamrollers through the story.
Quite a change from my sort of long winded story telling.

I have one sentence in the chorus I donít understand though. And I hope you are OK with me asking about it.
The whole story is told in first person singular, except for Ďif Grizzy can prevent ití.  Now, if you did this on purpose, donít chantage (thank you apple mafia) it. But for me, the flow is hampered a bit if itís not congruent.

I hope you wonít take this personal. I make mistakes with congruence often. Maybe thatís why my attention is drawn to it.

Having said this, I like Bonny a lot. I can only hope that my daughter will be as brave (bravely?) when, not if, Iím in jail.
Lovery story! Lovely song!
Kind regards, Gus


Re: Bonny Grizzy
Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 11:10:01
Wow @redmando
I really think that England is the only place where these hero thingies still exist.
And it taught me that cross dressing wasnít invented in Amsterdam. Smiley.

I like it very much and it left me a bit breathless. It sort of steamrollers through the story.
Quite a change from my sort of long winded story telling.

I have one sentence in the chorus I donít understand though. And I hope you are OK with me asking about it.
The whole story is told in first person singular, except for Ďif Grizzy can prevent ití.  Now, if you did this on purpose, donít chantage (thank you apple mafia) it. But for me, the flow is hampered a bit if itís not congruent.

I hope you wonít take this personal. I make mistakes with congruence often. Maybe thatís why my attention is drawn to it.

Having said this, I like Bonny a lot. I can only hope that my daughter will be as brave (bravely?) when, not if, Iím in jail.
Lovery story! Lovely song!
Kind regards, Gus
Thanks for your comments @LePlongeur  which are always welcome. Yes, I know what you mean regarding congruence. It is important to me too, and I don't always get it right.

In this case though, I think it is ok. Grizzy is telling her story, but by the choruses she is still uncertain if she will be able to save her father - hence the doubt in her mind "If Grizzy can prevent it".  Think of it as her "inner voice" telling her "yes, you can do it Grizzy".

Keep out of jail Gus!

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Re: Bonny Grizzy
Reply #3 on: May 07, 2021, 13:14:48
Yes, now I see how that is done.
Thank you @redmando for explaining it .
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Bonny Grizzy
Reply #4 on: May 07, 2021, 14:21:15
very interesting
Haven't heard anything like this in a while

you've probably
volumes of good material

you're not on Soundcloud?


Re: Bonny Grizzy
Reply #5 on: May 07, 2021, 17:42:04
Thanks @rightly . Yes, I am on soundcloud too: https://soundcloud.com/steve-gray-songwriting

Cheers!