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High upon highlands, and low upon Tay,
Bonnie George Campbell rode out on a day.
Saddled and bridled, so gallant rode he,
Home came his good horse, but never came he.
 

"Bonnie George Campbell", also known as "Bonnie James Campbell," is Child ballad 210 (Roud 338).[1] The ballad tells of man who has gone off to fight, but only his horse returns. The name differs across variants. Several names have been suggested as the inspiration of the ballad: Archibald or James Campbell, in the Battle of Glenlivet, or Sir John Campbell of Calder, who was murdered.[2][3][4]

The song is performed in the 2004 film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, specifically during the segment correlating to The Reptile Room.

Lyrics

High upon Highlands,
and laigh upon Tay.
Bonnie George Campbell
rode out on a day.
He saddled, he bridled,
and gallant rode he.
And hame cam his guid horse,
but never cam he.
Out cam his mother dear,
greeting fu sair.
Out cam his bonnie bryde,
riving her hair.
"The meadow lies green,
and the corn is unshorn.
But Bonnie George Campbell
will never return."
Saddled and bridled
and booted rode he,
A plume in his helmet,
a sword at his knee.
But toom cam his saddle
all bloody to see.
Oh, hame cam his guid horse,
but never cam he.[5]

Usage in A Series of Unfortunate Events

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After the adoption of the Baudelaire children, Monty Montgomery performs the song for them while Petunia snakes up his arm. The final verse is heard:

High upon highlands, and low upon Tay,
Bonnie George Campbell rode out on a day.
Saddled and bridled, so gallant rode he,
Home came his good horse, but never came he.

As he finished, Violet Baudelaire remarks that she has a vague recollection of the song, thinking that her parents sung it to her.[6] This could imply it has some form of connection to VFD or its members in that continuity, or that it takes the place of "The Little Snicket Lad"[7] in Violet's past.

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