Frère Jacques (Are You Sleeping?)

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Children’s Song, France.

“Frère Jacques” is one of the most famous children’s songs (comptines).

This French song for kids is about a 17th century monk – an actual person – called Jacques (Jacob – John, in the English translation of the song) who had to 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 (Are You Sleeping?)” Sing-Along Video with lyrics

“Frère Jacques” Karaoke Video

“Frère Jacques” Lyrics

“Frère Jacques” original French lyrics

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

Literal translation of the French lyrics to English:

Brother Jacob, brother Jacob,
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Ring the morning bells! Ring the morning bells!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.


English Version

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


German lyrics

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.


Spanish lyrics

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


Italian lyrics

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


Dutch lyrics

Vader Jacob, Vader Jacob,
Slaapt gij nog, slaapt gij nog, (or “slaap jij nog, slaap jij nog”)
Alle klokken luiden, Alle klokken luiden,
Bim, bam, bom.  Bim, bam, bom.

“Frère Jacques”  Free karaoke mp3 download


“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)

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

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“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)

“Frère Jacques” Music Score / sheet music in F

“Frère Jacques”  | Free Printable PDF with Lyrics and Music sheet


To download a ready-to-print PDF of “Frère Jacques” for music activities with a music sheet, lyrics and a drawing for kids to paint, right click on the following link, then choose “Save link as…”.

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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.


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