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Alouette (Most popular Canadian folksong) MIDI, videos
Also see (Little Lark - English translation) below.
#323: YouTube video by yourkidtv ©2012
~ Used with permission ~

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Alouette, gentille Alouette
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai la tête
Je t'y plumerai la tête
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai le bec
Je t'y plumerai le bec
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai le nez
Je t'y plumerai le nez
Et le nez, Et le nez
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai les yeux
Je t'y plumerai les yeux
Et les yeux, Et les yeux
Et le nez, Et le nez
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai le cou
Je t'y plumerai le cou
Et le cou, Et le cou
Et les yeux, Et les yeux
Et le nez, Et le nez
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai les ail's
Je t'y plumerai les ail's
Et les ail's, Et les ail's
Et le cou, Et le cou
Et les yeux, Et les yeux
Et le nez, Et le nez
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai le dos
Je t'y plumerai le dos
Et le dos, Et le dos
Et les ail's, Et les ail's
Et le cou, Et le cou
Et les yeux, Et les yeux
Et le nez, Et le nez
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai les patt's
Je t'y plumerai les patt's
Et les patt's, Et les patt's
Et le dos, Et le dos
Et les ail's, Et les ail's
Et le cou, Et le cou
Et les yeux, Et les yeux
Et le nez, Et le nez
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Je t'y plumerai la queue
Je t'y plumerai la queue
Et la queue, Et la queue
Et les patt's, Et les patt's
Et le dos, Et le dos
Et les ail's, Et les ail's
Et le cou, Et le cou
Et les yeux, Et les yeux
Et le nez, Et le nez
Et le bec, Et le bec
Et la tête, Et la tête
Alouett', Alouett'
O-o-o-o

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

Alouette, gentille Alouette,
Alouette, je t'y plumerai.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional French-Canadian play song ....####
The video above features Casimir, a nice monster, from the box set of children's songs on three DVDs and two CDs (Casimir presente le: Karaoké des monstres gentils - Casimir Presents: Karaoke From Nice Monsters, Izard/Bruner, Altis Production, 2007).

A variant was collected in 1959 from Lucie Cormier of Upper Ferry, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.2-3, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Kenneth Peacock noted that Miss Cormier's variant is not generally known in English Canada like its famous cousin of the same title above.

From The Canadian Encyclopedia / The Encyclopedia Of Music In Canada:
Alouette - The most popular Canadian folksong. It also has become a symbol of French Canada for the world, an unofficial national song identifiable from the first few measures of its lively chorus in 2/4 time. James J Fuld, in The Book of World-Famous Music (New York, 1966), points out that the first written version, Alouetté, appeared in A Pocket Song Book For The Use Of Students And Graduates Of McGill College (Montreal, 1879). The song was published later as Alouette in the McGill College Song Book (Montreal, 1885). The first known printed version in France dates from 1893: it appeared in Julien Tiersot's Revue Des Traditions Populaires, Vol 8 (Paris). The words and music are found in many anthologies and collections in Canada, the USA, and even Europe, notably in William Parker Greenough's Canadian Folk-Life And Folk-Lore (New York 1897). Several versions exist in Canada. Marius Barbeau summarizes the different texts in a work appropriately named Alouette (Montreal, 1946). However, in all versions of the song, with its enumerations and frequent recapitulations, the idea remains the same: the lark's feathers are plucked from its head, wings, back, tail, and so on.

The video below features an excellent guitar performance of a variant in English by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


#976: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

{A Very Loose Translation By GEST}
Little Lark MIDI
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Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the head
I will pluck you on the head
On the head, on the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the beak
I will pluck you on the beak
On the beak, on the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the nose
I will pluck you on the nose
On the nose, on the nose
And the beak, and the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the eyes
I will pluck you on the eyes
On the eyes, on the eyes
And the nose, and the nose
And the beak, and the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the neck
I will pluck you on the neck
On the neck, on the neck
And the eyes, and the eyes
And the nose, and the nose
And the beak, and the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the wings
I will pluck you on the wings
On the wings, on the wings
And the neck, and the neck
And the eyes, and the eyes
And the nose, and the nose
And the beak, and the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the back
I will pluck you on the back
On the back, on the back
And the wings, and the wings
And the neck, and the neck
And the eyes, and the eyes
And the nose, and the nose
And the beak, and the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the feet
I will pluck you on the feet
On the feet, on the feet
And the back, and the back
And the wings, and the wings
And the neck, and the neck
And the eyes, and the eyes
And the nose, and the nose
And the beak, and the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

I will pluck you on the tail
I will pluck you on the tail
On the tail, on the tail
And the feet, and the feet
And the back, and the back
And the wings, and the wings
And the neck, and the neck
And the eyes, and the eyes
And the nose, and the nose
And the beak, and the beak
And the head, and the head
Little lark, little lark
O-o-o-o

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.

Little lark, gentle little lark,
Little lark, I will pluck you there.


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