John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

TITLE: John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
AUTHOR: unknown
CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: humorous
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: E. O. Harbin’s Parodology, Nashville: Cokesbury Press, 1927
SOME CONSIDER THIS SONG OFFENSIVE: The pseudo-German word ‘Jingleheimer’ was probably used to mock the longer names often found in this language

john-jacob-jinglheimer-schmidtThe words of the Nursery Rhyme, ‘John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt ‘ originate in the USA and possibly reflect the enormous numbers of German immigrants at various points in American history. The surname Schmidt and the surname suffix-heimer are of Germanic origin. It is a favorite rhyme of children and often referred to as a ‘Bus Song’.  (from Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins

OTHER TITLES AND VARIATIONS:

  • John Jacob Guggenheimer Schmidt
  • John Jacob Schinkelheimer Schmidt

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John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt,
That is my name too.
Whenever we go out,
The people always shout,
“John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt!”
Da da da da da da da da

SOURCES:

  • Folk Song Index: A Comprehensive Guide to the Florence E. Brunnings Collection, Florence E. Brunnings, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York and London 1981—Amazon Books

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NOTICE: I’m not the best guitar player or vocalist, but no one loves these songs more than I do. The tune and lyrics are in the public domain unless otherwise noted. The recording © copyright 2013 by Stephen Griffith and may be used by permission of the copyright holder. The variation of the song I’m posting is the version I perform and is not exactly replicating the sources cited, but is always in the same song family. If anyone has more details about this song, or believes I’ve stated something in error, please let me know. I’m also open to suggestions to improve the site. Thanks. sgg

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