Ding Dong Bell

Ding Dong Bell

“Ding Dong Bell”, also known as “Ding Dong Dell” is a traditional rhyme that was published first time in 1580. It is a popular nursery rhyme with an educational theme against animal cruelty. Be aware that the Ding Dong Bell lyrics can be a little scary to many children, so explain to the kids that they never must do such things to animals in real life.

The phrase ‘Ding, dong, bell’ also appears several times in plays by Shakespeare. However, it could actually have been written by the playwright as instructions for sound effects. The earliest version to resemble the modern one is from Mother Goose’s Melody published in London around 1765. The additional lines that include (arguably) the more acceptable ending for children with the survival of the cat are in James Orchard Halliwell’s Nursery Rhymes of England, where the cat is pulled out by “Dog stout”.


“Ding Dong Bell” Lyrics


Ding, dong, bell,
Pussy’s in the well.
Who put her in?
Little Johnny Flynn.
Who pulled her out?
Little Tommy Stout.
What a naughty boy was that,
To try to drown poor pussy cat,
Who never did him any harm,
But ate all of the mice in the farmer’s barn.