Frere Jacques

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Information About Frere Jacques

The song is also spelled as "Frere Jaques".

"Frere Jacques" is a famous French nursery melody and is known as "Brother John " in English. According to the earliest known printed version of this song, this song was actually first called Frere Blaise.

Apparently, the song was first recorded in a French manuscript circa 1788 and the words and music weren"t published together until 1866.

There have been more than one potential source of its origin and many different people have been conjectured to be the subject of this song.

It has been suggested that "Fr?re Jacques" might have been written to mock the Dominican monks, known in France as the Jacobin order, for their perceived comfortable lifestyles.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Brother John.
Brother John.

Are you sleeping?
Are you sleeping?

Morning bells are ringing.
Morning bells are ringing.

Ding, Ding, Dong.
Ding, Ding, Dong.

Have you ever tried to dance like a snowflake? You might want to try it while singing this version

Dance like a snowflake
Dance like a snowflake
In the air
In the air
Whirling twirling, snowflakes
Whirling twirling, snowflakes
Here and there
Here and there.

Here is the same song in different languages. Why don't you give it a go?

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques
Dormez vous? Dormez vous?
Sonnes les matines, sonnez les matines,
Din, din, don. Din, din, don.

German
Bruder Jakob, Bruder Jakob,
Schläfst du noch? Schläfst du noch?
Hörst du nicht die Glocken, hörst du nicht die Glocken?
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.

Italian
Fra Martino, campanaro,
Dormi tu? Dormi tu?
Suona le campane, Suona le campane!
Din don dan, din don dan.

Spanish
Martinillo, Martinillo,
¿Dónde estás? ¿Dónde estás?
Suenan las campanas, Suenan las campanas,
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.

Dutch
Vader Jacob, Vader Jacob,
Slaapt gij nog, slaapt gij nog,
Alle klokken luiden, Alle klokken luiden,
Bim, bam, bom, bim, bam, bom.

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Annabelle, Eugene, OR

10 August 2014 at 5:31am

Nancy Cassidy sings a version, itt might be Japanese. It appears on her album "Kids Songs Jubilee". I'm not sure how to spell the words, but I'll sound them out phonetically. Nee U nada. Nee U nada O hi o, O hi o. Ta nu Shee ku ko mo. Ta nu shee ku ko mo. La la la. La la la.

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Morgan, United Kingdom

14 March 2014 at 6:24pm

I love all them songs

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marry anne, Canada

4 January 2014 at 6:56pm

wow thanks this helps

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mother goose, Jackson, Mississippi

13 November 2013 at 4:42pm

I love this song. I used to listen to it all the time though the ages of my childhood

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amy tebbutt, United Kingdom

29 September 2013 at 5:27pm

I love this website LOL it got me an A in my homework

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Sarah, United Kingdom

25 April 2013 at 7:11pm

piano notes :cdec cdec efg efg gagfec gagfec cgc cgc

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Thalia, Canada

8 March 2013 at 9:04pm

a good song

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Am-louise, Canada

9 December 2012 at 8:19pm

Learnt this song in grade 3 in health to do with health and saftey. Don't ask why?!

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Imogen, Australia

14 May 2012 at 9:37am

I have only heard that song at music at my school i got so excited that it was on the computer i learned it at my school in itallian but now i have forgotten it.I like it.

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Beatrice, United States

13 April 2012 at 11:10pm

Nice song. It helped me use this in my project

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Daisy, Australia

13 March 2012 at 1:15am

Aniko you saved my life! My 2 year old niece tried to teach me the Baby Crocodile song and i had no idea what she was referring to! I have been looking for these lyrics everywhere...

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Rica, Philippines

31 January 2012 at 6:12am

nice songs!love it!because of this, i got an A in my jazz chant!thanks frere!1

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Daizah, United States

27 January 2012 at 1:47am

i like this song

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Martha, United States

9 December 2011 at 5:58pm

Does anyone know where you can get a stuffed animal with song? My son was so sick, he had surgery (1976). I found stuffed duck with this music when he had his surgery, it was his favorite toy for a very long time. He now has a newborn wishes to find any stuffed animal with this music. Can email me at [email protected] Thank you

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Holly, United States

17 September 2011 at 3:50am

I have usually only heard this song in French; and, not in English. So, I was also thrilled that this site had it in English.

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Aniko, Australia

5 July 2011 at 1:27pm

In a big gruff voice you sing 'Daddy crocodile, daddy crocodile (*clap hands in jaws open and shut motion) don't you bite, don't you bite (*waggle finger), I can run away from you, I can run away from you (*pump arms like you're running), out of sight, out of site! (*cover eyes with hands)' Then in a moderate voice you sing 'Mummy crocodile...etc (*do jaw motion with just one hand like a puppet)' and lastly, in a whisper, 'Baby crocodile...etc (*do jaw motion with index finger and thumb in pincer grip)' Actions in brackets (* ) can accompany the lines.

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Alvin, China

13 June 2011 at 10:18am

i love u alvin

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Bing Bang, Christmas Island

13 June 2011 at 10:17am

this song is a classic i love it lol

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Janine, Australia

20 December 2010 at 10:44pm

Also can be sung : I hear thunder I hear thunder Hark don't you? Hark don't you? Pitter patter rain drops Pitter patter rain drops I'm soaked through So are you!

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Hayel, Kazakhstan

27 October 2010 at 8:57pm

I heard the song in music but the halloween version

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.