“Alouette” (Meaning: Lark; Pronunciation: ah-lou-eht) is a popular Canadian folk song and is one of the most popular kids songs for learning French.
The song is over 100 years old and is said to have originated in Quebec, Canada.
According to The Canadian Encyclopedia, the song Alouette is considered an unofficial anthem of French Canada.
The song’s lyrics may have been sung by
, French-Canadian colonists who transported furs by canoe.
The lyrics depict the plucking of the feathers of a lark bird. The song’s chorus is: “Alouette, gentille alouette, alouette je te plumerai” (lark, nice lark, lark I will pluck your feathers).
The French verb "plumer" means "to
" as in "to pluck a feather".
For each verse, an additional body part gets added (head, wings, back and tail), somewhat similar to the English kids song, “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”.
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