Are You Sleeping?

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'Are You Sleeping?' is the English translation of the French nursery song Frere Jacues. It is also called 'Brother John' or 'Brother Peter'. It is an old nursery melody that is usually sung in a round.

It's origins are unclear, as it could have been published as early as 1780 or as late as 1869. It could also be older, since it is linked to an Italian song 'Fra Jacopino' that was published in 1615, because it shares the same melody.

There's a possible connection to a 17th century lithotomist Frere Jacques Beaulieu. It also might have been written to mock Dominican monks, known as Jacobin in France.

The song uses a repeating canon, similar to the one used in the 3 Blind Mice song. In fact, the melody has spread so completely in Chinese culture, that it could also be considered a Chinese folk song as well.

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Destiny, Florida

3 February 2015 at 2:05am

I used to sing 🎤 this in chorus along with London's Burning .It helped me improve my singing.

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alondra, Mexico

18 September 2014 at 8:53pm


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Cecelia A Huffman, Paradise CA

30 August 2014 at 6:50am

Thank You so mush.... this is just what I was looking for!

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Ryann c. Smith, United States

27 February 2014 at 11:20pm

I love this song

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Susan steitz, United States

17 November 2013 at 3:32pm


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Karen, Brazil

2 November 2013 at 12:23pm

Great... This song is so cool *--* I love her Can you doing the parody of Made In The USA?

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Lea, United States

24 March 2013 at 8:44am

We always sang it with English then French. Are you sleeping, Brother John Brother John, Morning bells are ringing Morning bells are ringing, Ding dong ding Ding dong ding, Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous ? Sonnez les matinées, sonnez les matinées Ding dang dong, ding dang dong

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Charlotte, Cape Verde

5 December 2012 at 5:57pm

I luv this song

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Martha, United States

9 December 2011 at 5:50pm

I am loking for a stuffed animal with Frere Jacques playing. My son was so sick at 6 wks old. He had surgery during this time (1976) I found stuffed duck playing Frere Jacques. It was his favorite toy for long time. He would like the song in any stuffed animal for his newborn son. If anyone has inform please email at [email protected] Thank You

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Martha, United States

5 December 2011 at 3:50am

I am trying to find the song " Are you sleeping or Frere Jacques " in a stuffed animal. Any help Thank you

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Aileen, Malaysia

8 August 2011 at 11:43pm

emm....your nursery ryhmes is the best .

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Makaylah, United States

15 November 2010 at 2:12am

Barney and the backyard gang verson: Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Backyard Gang. Backyard Gang. Morning bells are ringing. Morning Bells are ringing. Ding dong ding. Ding dong ding.

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Susie, Australia

4 October 2010 at 6:00am

French version is Frere Jacques

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Jessy, London

17 September 2010 at 4:15pm


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Joslyn, North Carolina

10 September 2010 at 4:16pm

Is there a french version?

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Tiasia, Augusta,ga

10 June 2010 at 5:32am

I just love these songs so much i wanna sing the 2 my little cousins (i have a great voice)

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Jenny, Bradford

12 February 2010 at 11:55am


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May, Sf Ca

16 November 2009 at 8:38am


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Lea, Ohio New Mat

1 November 2009 at 3:27pm

my class has a song it has the same tune just not the same song

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Sherry, Vail, Az

20 August 2009 at 2:00pm

wanting sing a long songs for special ed children

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