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Q: nursery rhyme songs ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: nursery rhyme songs
Category: Family and Home > Parenting
Asked by: divinity-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 29 Mar 2003 10:04 PST
Expires: 28 Apr 2003 11:04 PDT
Question ID: 182863
what is the  name, correct spelling, lyrics and origin of a
rhyming song that sounds like "frara jocka"
Subject: Re: nursery rhyme songs
Answered By: websearcher-ga on 29 Mar 2003 10:22 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi divinity:

The song that you are looking for is "Frere Jacques". This is an old
French folk song that translates to "Brother John" in English.

The lyrics for this song, in six different languages, can be found at:

"Frere Jacques" Translations

As for the origins of this song, there is not much information. What I
was able to find is:

Prairie Lullaby
Quote: "Fuld's book tell us that Frère Jacques first appeared with
words and music in 1869 in Paris, and that the melody alone was first
printed in 1811. Mon Dieu!"

The Wordwizard Clubhouse - "Frere Jacques"
Quote: "All I was able to find out about Frere Jacques is that it is
listed as a traditional French folk song/canon with the melody first
appearing in print in 1811 in a publication called La Cle du Caveau a
l'usage de tous les Chansonniers francais. The first known printing of
the words and music together is in Recueil de Rondes avec jeu et de
Petites Chansons (1860). One writer tried to trace this song to
Fescobaldi's Fra Jacopino in 1637, without success."

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divinity-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
a very complete, thorough answer offering me more information
than i dreamed was available!

Subject: Re: nursery rhyme songs
From: porkyy-ga on 12 Jul 2004 09:59 PDT
I once heard that this song originated in the middle ages in Europe.
In the times when there were no clocks, monasteries keft the time and
rang the bells each round hour.
This song is about one of the "brothers" in the monastery that failed
either to wake up or either to ring the bells, signaling that the
morning has come.

Did anyone hear of another origin?

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