Bonnie Black Bess
Sheet music for Treble Clef Instrument

Pause Music

Bonnie Black Bess

Bonnie Black Bess

When blindness did guide me, I left my abode
When friends proved ungrateful, I took to the road
For to plunder the wealthy and relieve my distress
I bought you to aid me, my bonnie Black Bess.

How nobly you stood, when a coach I have shook
And the gold and the silver from its inmates I took
No poor man did I plunder or ever yet oppress
No widow, no orphan, my bonnie Black Bess

O'er hills and o'er valleys, through glens I rode you
From London to Yorkshire, like lightning you flew
No toll bars could halt you as rivers I breast
In twelve hours you reached it, my bonnie Black Bess.

Hark! the bloodhounds are howling and bugles loud sound
But the likes of my noble will never be found.
To part with you now it does me oppress
But my hand shall not waver, my bonnie Black Bess.

As the ages roll onward, and I'm dead and gone
This tale will be told from father to son
And some they will pity, while others confess
Through friends I shot you, my bonnie Black Bess

No one will dare say that ingratitude dwelt
In the breast of Dick Turpin, 'twas a vice he never felt
I'll die like a man, and soon be at rest
Then farewell forever, my sweet bonnie Black Bess.

DT #422
Laws L9

  • Parts

Sorry, parts requests not available for this piece Why?
  • Score Transpositions

  • No alternative transpositions yet
Sorry, transposition requests not available for this piece Why?


More Versions

Arrangements of this piece also available for:

Sorry, no other versions of this piece are currently available.

 Request New Version

  • MP3
    (subscribers only)

  • To save these files to your local computer try 'right click, then save link as' on a PC; or 'hold down cmd and click, then save link as' on a Mac
  • Download MP3


About 'Bonnie Black Bess'

Trad. (biography)
The Artist:
Traditional Music of unknown author.


You might also like:

Close X

Thank you for trying the Audio & Transposition features

You have reached your limit for today.
Please subscribe for unlimited playback & transpositions
Individual Subscriptions:

Click here for more info on subscriptions

© 2000-2021