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That childhood song says what?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Target shopping chain has started airing a commercial with people singing the Alouette song. I remember hearing it on a record of children's songs. The song is in French and I had no idea what the lyrics meant until today. I was horrified when I read the English translation:

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Lark, nice lark
Alouette, je te plumerai
Lark, I shall pluck you

Little skylark, lovely little skylark
Little lark, I'll pluck your feathers off
I'll pluck the feathers off your head
I'll pluck the feathers off your head
Off your head - off your head
Little lark, little lark

Off your beak
Off your neck
Off your back
Off your wings
Off your feet
Off your tail

Alouette, gentille Alouette
Lark, nice lark
Alouette, je te plumerai
Lark, I shall pluck you
Je te plumerai la t�te
I shall pluck your head
(Je te plumerai la t�te)
(I shall pluck your head)
Et la t�te
And your head
(Et la t�te)
(And your head)
Alouette
Lark
(Alouette)
(Lark)
O-o-o-oh
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 t�te
(Et la t�te)
Alouette
(Alouette)
O-o-o-oh
Et le cou
And your neck
Et le dos
And your back
Et les ailes
And your wings
Et les pattes
And your feet
Et la queue
And your tail

I don't think I'll ever sing that song again....

-- Gary Wright II

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