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Frère JacquesFrère Jacques, Frère Jacques,
dormez vous, dormez vous,
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines,
ding, dang, dong, ding, dang, dong.
Literal translationBrother James, Brother James
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Ring the morning bells! Ring the morning bells!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.
Traditional translationAre you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John,
Morning bells are ringing, Morning bells are ringing,
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.
NOTESJacques is translated to John in the English version.
Jack is apparently a diminutive of John although I have always found this a difficult concept to accept. Jacques is also apparently the French form of James which is even more confusing. An e-mail from a Sam Maltby helpfully directed me to a wikipedia artile which has more detail than I can honestly include here.