Frère Jacques - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


The English "translation" above is actually the English version, not the literal translation. Here's the literal English translation of Frère Jacques:

Brother James,
Brother James,
Are you sleeping?
Are you sleeping?
Ring the morning bells,
Ring the morning bells,
Ding ding dong,
Ding ding dong.


Here's a recording of Frère Jacques sung in both French and English (by Ezwa).

The CLasse d'INitiation de Mons-en-Baroeul/Lille Fives in France has a Frère Jacques page that contains videos of students and teachers singing Frère Jacques in different languages. Click here to visit the page.



First recording of Frère Jacques is by Ezwa for Librivox (edited down by Mama Lisa).


Many thanks to Monique Palomares for singing Frère Jacques for us in the 2nd recording!


Many thanks to Susan Pomerantz for playing this tune on piano in the 3rd recording.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Frère Jacques

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Illustration by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1851-1913) from Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants: Avec Accompagnements / de Ch. M. Widor (1844 - 1937); Illustrations Par M.B. de Monvel. Paris: E. Plon, Nourrit et Cie, [1883]. The image was graphically edited by Lisa Yannucci.

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