Bim, bam, bom. Thought to be written long before it was first published in , the nursery rhyme concerns and pokes a little fun at a monk who has overslept and is thus late for his duty to ring the monastery bells that wake the other monks for morning prayers.
Curiously, the English translation has been adapted over the years to distort the meaning of the original French version. In the French version, morning bells are NOT ringing, which is why "Brother John" is being implored to rise from sleep to do his job. The English version, alone among all other translations, changes the meaning to indicate that the bells ARE ringing and that Brother John has merely overslept for prayer service.
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Learn more about Premium. Lyrics for the classic French lullaby about an oversleeping monk.
This song is available as a single. Unfortunately, as we are learning, lots of kids have never heard many of the songs we grew up with, such as this one.
So, we're doing our part to help teach those old songs, often with new and different arrangements, like this rocked-out version. The song starts out in unison, with the original French lyrics, then becomes a round.
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