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.
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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.