“Alouette” is a popular French Canadian children’s song originating in France about plucking the feathers from a lark, in retribution for being woken up by its song. (source)


Alouette, gentille Alouette – Lark, nice lark
Alouette, je te plumerai – Lark, I shall pluck you
Je te plumerai la tête – I shall pluck your head (echo)
Et la tête – And your head (echo)
Alouette – Lark (echo)

…..Je te plumerai le bec – I shall pluck your beak (echo)
Et le bec (echo)
Et la tête (echo)
Alouette (echo)

The song 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 feet
Et la queue – And your tail

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