Are you sleeping, Brother John?

Wake up with "Are You Sleeping, Brother John?"! Sing this familiar tune, learn the easy lyrics, and explore morning-themed activities.


Are you sleeping, Brother John? song lyrics

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

(Repeat as many times as you want!)

Are you sleeping, Brother John?

About the Are you sleeping, Brother John? song

“Are You Sleeping, Brother John?” is a serene and melodious nursery rhyme also known around the world as “Frère Jacques.” This song tells the story of Brother John, who is asked if he is sleeping and called to ring the morning bells. Its gentle tune and simple lyrics have made it a favorite lullaby to sing in rounds, creating a beautiful harmony that has lulled children to sleep in various languages.

Are you sleeping, Brother John?

What your child can learn from it

”Are You Sleeping, Brother John?” is a delightful way for children to practice learning English in a fun and musical environment. The rhyme’s repetition of questions and answers introduces kids to basic conversational patterns, helping them understand how to form questions and respond in English.

Singing this song can also enhance vocabulary related to time and daily routines, as it mentions morning time and ringing bells.

The structure of the song, often sung in a round, encourages listening skills, memory, and the ability to harmonize, fostering musicality and auditory development. Additionally, its multilingual versions can spark interest in other languages, broadening children’s cultural awareness and linguistic curiosity.

Let’s sing “Are You Sleeping, Brother John?” and embrace the joy of learning together!