“John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” is a nursery rhyme of obscure origins consisting of one verse only repeated usually four times but the song can be indefinitely repetitive.
It is likely that the song has its origin in vaudeville. A similar nursery rhyme “Yon Yonson” about a Swedish immigrant was popular around that era but has faded into obscurity by now. Similarly it is believed “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidy” was about a German immigrant especially that some early versions of the song was called John Jacob Guggenheimer Schmidt, another Germanic name.
While the first written occurence dates back to 1926, it is believed it was already used in theatrical plays in the second half of the 19th century.
” John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” Lyrics
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
His name is my name too.
Whenever we go out
The people always shout,
“There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.”
Da da da da da da da.