Lyrics That I Did NOT Listen To: Alouette

Not quite as disturbing as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Knees and Toes), but it’s pretty creepy.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the children’s song Alouette despite its being French. I mean, who hasn’t sung “Alouette, jaunty alouette, alouette, jetty ploomeray” at least once in their childhood? It’s a classic just like that Frere Jacques song that we all know so well for some bizarre reason. Well, a couple years ago, I started studying French, and this song happen to come along my way with an English translation, and I have to say, this is one of the most sadistic and violent songs that I have listened to, and it’s almost as inappropriate for children as that one Sesame Street song where Bert is in a bath singing about his rubber. Ducky. Rubber ducky. I’m sorry, I should have finished that thought. Anyway, it doesn’t surprise me that this song is French, since they tend to put unnecessarily disturbing lyrics in their popular songs, such as La Marseillaise (“May a tainted blood drench our furrows”), Je t’aime…moi non plus (a bunch of sexual noises, basically) and any Celine Dion song. I think they might have issues.

Anyway, here are the lyrics (courtesy of Wikipedia) :

Alouette, gentille Alouette

Skylark, nice skylark
Alouette, je te plumerai

Skylark, I shall pluck you
Je te plumerai la tête

I shall pluck your head
(Je te plumerai la tête)

(I shall pluck your head)
Et la tête

And your head
(Et la tête)

(And your head)


Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette, je te plumerai
Je te plumerai le bec

I shall pluck your beak
(Je te plumerai le bec)
Et le bec
(Et le bec)
Et la tête
(Et la tête)

The song continues in this fashion, with the italicized phrase (a part of the bird) in each verse being substituted with a new one, with the previous items being recited at the end:

  • Et le cou
And your neck

  • Et le dos
And your back

  • Et les ailes
And your wings

  • Et les pattes
And your legs

  • Et la queue
And your tail

  • Et la coeur
And your heart

  • Et les poumons
And your lungs

  • Et la cerveau
And your brain

I’ll pluck your brain??? What is wrong with these people?


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