Frère Jacques


Children’s Song, France.

“Frère Jacques” is one of the most famous children’s songs (comptines). Frère Jacques (Brother Jacob), was probably a real person, a monk of the 17th century. The monk should wake up and sound the bells for the “matines” (monastic services), but, obviously, he overslept and the song calls him to wake up.



“Frère Jacques” is a round (canon), so Singing Bell offers it in two different versions: In Version 1 the round comes every 2 measures, while in Version 2 the round comes every other measure.

To download either of your free instrumental mp3 files of “Frère Jacques” , right click on the following links (or tap and hold, on mobile devices), then choose “Save link as…”

“Frère Jacques (Version 1)” free mp3 download (instrumental, 2:51 – 4/4 – 86 bpm)

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“Frère Jacques (Version 2)” free mp3 download (instrumental, 2:48 – 4/4 – 86 bpm)

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“Frère Jacques” – free midi file download

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“Frère Jacques”  paroles (French)

Frère Jacques, frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous ? Dormez-vous ?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.


“Frère Jacques”  lyrics (English)

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping,
Brother John? Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.


“Frère Jacques”  lyrics (German)

Bruder Jakob, Bruder Jakob,
Schlafst du noch? Schlafst du noch?
Horst du nicht die Glocken, horst du nicht die Glocken?
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.


“Frère Jacques”  lyrics (Spanish)

Martinillo, Martinillo,
¿Donde estas? ¿Donde estas?
Suenan las campanas, Suenan las campanas,
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.

“Frère Jacques”  Music Score / sheet music in C (partition avec des accords en Do majeur)


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“Frère Jacques”  Music Score / sheet music in F (partition avec des accords en Fa majeur)



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“Frère Jacques” Teaching idea

“Frère Jacques” is a round (a kind of canon). That means that the melody can be sung exactly the same by more voices, entering one each other. (see also “Banuwa“, “Row, row, row your boat“, “Jack and Jill” and “Kookaburra”)

For this specific song the round comes every one or every two measure. (see respectively version 1 or version 2 of the mp3)

When teaching a round, or a canon, try to let the children sing by themselves, turn your back to them and start sing the second voice without having explained exactly what was going to happen.

Some of them will keep their voice, others will follow the teacher, but the song sounds already in two voices. At this point you can teach the concept of the canon or round more easily , depending on the age and the level of the class.



Singing Bell is a comprehensive collection of Christmas Carols and Children's songs.

It was created to provide teaching material to anyone giving music lessons to children or adults, that is music teachers and parents. It was also conceived for anyone who would like to live the Christmas spirit or the spirit of childhood.

Singing Bell offers free nursery rhymes and other free songs for children from all over the globe, as well as nursery rhyme lyrics. Popular songs like "London Bridge is falling down", "Old MacDonald had a farm", "Rain, rain, go away", "Itsy-Bitsy spider" and, of course, "The Wheels on the bus". Great hits also include "La Cucaracha" (with original English lyrics for children), "Auld Lang Syne" and "Mexican Hat Dance" (also with original English lyrics for kids).

Then again, especially for our babies, you can find and download our free lullabies like "Twinkle, twinkle little star", "Rock-a-bye baby", "Brahms Lullaby", and the lovely French "Fais dodo".

Its Christmas music section includes popular carols from Europe, like Britain's "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and "Deck the halls", "Petit Papa Noel" from France, Italy's "Tu scendi dalle stelle" and Spanish carols like "Fum Fum Fum" and "Los peces en el rio".

It also makes a collection of carols from North America ("Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus is coming to town"), but also popular South American carols like "Huachi Torito". Even more, it includes famous Christmas songs like "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer", "White Christmas", and many others.

The musical piece presented above is titled "Frère Jacques" and is one of Singing Bell's Children's Songs.

All songs are offered for free mp3 download in their instrumental version. You can also download a free midi file for use in music programming or scoring, their music score in jpg, their lyrics and teaching ideas for singing in class or in a choir. The very same material might also be used simply as a karaoke version where anyone can sing along these Christmas Carols and children songs.

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