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Sam and Dorothy singing "Frere Jacques" in French and English

Frere Jacques is a Nursery Rhyme that was written by Roger Lucchesi and Jacques Plante from Pop Go The Wiggles!. It was later adapted to Wash Your Hands in 2008.

Song Credits

Pop Go The Wiggles!


  • Written by: Traditional
  • Arranged by: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Alex Keller, Emma Watkins
  • Published by: Wiggly Tunes Pty Ltd
  • Music Produced by: Anthony Field
  • Music Recorded at: Hot Potato Studios, Sydney
  • Music Recorded by: Alex Keller
  • Mastered by: Don Bartley
  • Vocals: Emma Watkins
  • Musicians: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Emma Watkins


Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques,
Dormez vous? Dormez vous?
Sonnes les matines, sonnez les matines,
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

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


  • The Wiggles sing this song in different ways whether they're on the phone or Anthony plays the Maton acoustic guitar.
  • In other versions such as Raffi's version, it's "Ding, ding, dong", or "Ding, dang, dong" etc., but in this version such as The Wiggles version, it's "Ding, dong, ding".
  • The song was originally called "Deux freres".
  • The song was adapted by "Two Brothers", which was written by Irving Gordon.