Ding Dong Bell

Information About Ding Dong Bell

The Ding Dong Bell Song was first recorded by John Lant, in the year 1580. Lant was an organist of Winchester Cathedral.

The phrase "ding dong bell" appears in Shakespeare, in two separate works. The first is "The Tempest" and the second is "The Merchant of Venice". Although not known for sure, it is thought that the phrase was meant to signal a sound effect, rather than to be spoken aloud.

There are two variations of this song about the feline. The modern version of this song replaces "pussy" with "kitty".

The second variation with felines is related to safety. Since children may think it is fine to put a cat in a well, which we know it is not, the lyric was changed. The line "Pussy's at the well. ' is used instead of "Pussy's in the well". The earliest record of the version most similar to today's can be found in Mother Goose Melody published in 1765. In this and subsequent versions the cat survives drowning.

For more information about the "Ding Dong Bell Song", take a look at Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Some of the words and the names are different

Ding, dong, bell,
Pussy's in the well.

Who put her in?
Little Johnny Lin.

Who pulled her out?
Little Tommy Stout.

What a naughty boy was that,
To try to drown poor pussy cat,
Who never did him any harm,
And killed the mice in his father's barn.

Listen to this song's music

13 Comments

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Sara, India

3 January 2013 at 11:03am

good 4 children

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Harrison, Afghanistan

8 February 2012 at 5:13pm

bad johnny

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Leida, Philippines

15 August 2011 at 10:25am

great!my daughter love this song

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Fjfh, Angola

27 May 2011 at 6:20pm

hi

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Emily, Botswana

23 March 2011 at 3:19pm

What a lovely song

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Kelly, Taiwan, Province Of China

21 January 2011 at 3:09pm

corrected~lyrics

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Kelly, Taiwan, Province Of China

21 January 2011 at 3:08pm

short lycrics but I also can not dowload it:(

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Amal, United Arab Emirates

1 December 2010 at 3:27pm

Naughty Johnny! I'd never do that to my pussycat-if I had one! ;) And Uef, whatever do you mean by "boooo"! :s

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Alisha, Kuwait

23 August 2010 at 5:35pm

this is helpful to my younger sister to learn nursery rhymes but i can't downlod it

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Jada, Chicago Usa

4 August 2010 at 11:44pm

The video and the lyrics did not match

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Aila, Phillipines

4 May 2010 at 12:59am

this is helpful to my younger brother to learn nursery rhymes :)

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Hally, Philippines

21 April 2009 at 10:23am

the lyrics and the voice who sang the song was not the same

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Sarika Mohan, Chennai,india

5 April 2009 at 3:54pm

this is very helpful to help my sister learn her rhymes

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