Hey Diddle Diddle Lyrics in French and in English

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Hey! Diddle Diddle

Languages: English, French
Ressource Type: song, nursery rhyme
Themes: traditionnal song, animals
Age-range: infant-preschool, 4 – 8 years


Download the words of the song:
Hey! Diddle Diddle Lyrics

Hey! Diddle Diddle” is a nonsense song about a cat with her fiddle, a cow and the moon, a silly little dog and the plate with the spoon.


English Lyrics:

Hey! Diddle Diddle

Hey! diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

French translation:

Eh ! Dis donc, dis donc

Eh ! Dis donc, dis donc,
Le chat et le violon,
La vache a sauté par-dessus la lune,
Le petit chien a ri
De voir ces drôleries,
Et le plat avec la cuillère s’est enfui.


Culture and Vocabulary:

  • animals (cat, cow, dog);
  • the dishes and the cutlery (dish, spoon).


  • simple past (jumped, laughed, ran away);
  • personification of the cat, the dog, the dish and the spoon.


  • the repetition of /t/ and /d/;
  • the repetition of the vowel sounds /i/ in “Hey, diddle, diddle”.

Teaching suggestions:

Hey Diddle Diddle by Jonas Sickler


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