Brother John

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Are you sleeping,
Are you sleeping?
Brother John,
Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing,
Morning bells are ringing.
Ding Ding Dong,
Ding Ding Dong.

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Information About Brother John

Originally sung in French as Frere Jacques. as most of us know there exist numerous alternative lyrics to this song. We can say that Frere Jacques. as a melody, is amongst the best known tunes in the World.

Brother John is one of the many such children's songs that is listed as an alternative lyric to Frere Jacques. The song "Brother John" has several different verses. The name "John" can be replaced with other names like Jack and James.

For any further information about the song Frere Jacques and its many different translations you may find Wikipedia helpful.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

You can change the lyrics with the words below to add in some variety

Morning bells are ringing,
children are a' singing,
why aren't you
why aren't you.

This is a funny parody sent in by a visitor to the site, you just might be hearing this song in your ear one morning

Are you snoring?
Are you snoring?
yes you are!!!
gawd that's so annoying,
gawd that's so anything.
please wake up.

Here's another parody that doesn't bode well when you have to rush off to the bathroom

School Dinners,
School Dinners.
Concrete chips
concrete chips.
Semolina pudding,
Semolina pudding.
I feel sick.
Bathroom quick.

If you fancy a go at Spanish, here's a version just for you

Martinelo, Martinelo
Duermastu? Duermastu? (pronounced DOO- AIR MAS TOO)
Tocan las campanas, Tocan las companas
Din Din Don
Din Din Don.

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Maryam, United Kingdom

17 May 2016 at 3:45pm

I love the song because it makes my babies go asleep

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azlan yasir, Pakistan

31 August 2015 at 4:51am

Some of one i like it this

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Ashley, United States

8 September 2014 at 1:43am

It's a very beautiful song! I wish it came in Irish Gaelic, though.

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Audrey, United States

12 September 2013 at 3:23am

Awesome song I'm singing it in music class

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Me, Brazil

12 November 2012 at 12:04am


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Halei, Greece

7 December 2011 at 11:04pm


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Rimki, Bangladesh

10 November 2011 at 6:26pm

thanks a lot this helped me a lot in my music class and thanks alot for giving the lyrics. can you please give the songf in bangla itwill be very helpful for now thanks a lot.

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Gloria Putumiraqtuq, Canada

28 October 2011 at 11:47pm

love 2 year old tries to sing it...

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Kennedy Conwaw M., Algeria

22 October 2011 at 9:14pm

i love it

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Kate, Russian Federation

20 December 2010 at 4:26am

Thank you for the music. It's adorable

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Breanna, Australia

21 November 2010 at 2:45am


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Imran, Bangladesh

10 October 2010 at 12:09pm

it is sick bruv

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Jisan, Bangladesh

13 September 2010 at 6:51am

Where my childhood

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Lais E Larissa, Manaus Am

1 September 2010 at 1:01am

very good

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Beatriz, London

5 August 2010 at 5:17pm

this song is very beautiful WELL DONE!

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Arno Veenstra, Netherlands

13 March 2010 at 11:29pm


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Frances, Dublin

3 March 2009 at 9:55pm

do you know the words of brother john in irish go it in 6 lanuages just looking it in irish now please

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Annie Burridge, Limassol Cyprus

21 January 2009 at 11:34am

beautiful song my daughter loves it

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