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„Frère Jacques“ Lyrics and Translations

„Frère Jacques“ Translations

French (Original)

Traditional English Lyrics

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing
Ding, dong, ding. Ding, dong, ding.

German

Italian

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

Spanish

Dutch

Thought to be written long before it was first published in 1780, the nursery rhyme concerns (and pokes a little fun at) a monk who has overslept and is thus late for his duty to ring the monastery bells that wake the other monks for morning prayers. Curiously, the English translation has been adapted over the years to distort the meaning of the original French version. In the French version, morning bells are NOT ringing, which is why „Brother John“ is being implored to rise from sleep to do his job. The English version, alone among all other translations, changes the meaning to indicate that the bells ARE ringing and that Brother John has merely overslept for prayer service.

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