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Alouette, gentille alouette!

I did study French for a few unsuccessful years, but I remember the song 'Alouette' from my childhood. The only thing that really changes during the different verses of the song is the body part, and I couldn't think of too many body parts in French, so I looked it up.

I expected a lot of versions, but the results were pretty consistant.

tete
nez
bec
cou
yeux
ailes
dos
pattes
queue

To those of you fluent in French: can any bird have both a 'nez' and a 'bec'? If they can't have a 'nez,' why do you think this word shows up? I keep seeing 'pattes,' but a lark doesn't have feathers on it's legs. Any idea why? And the 'yeux'??

Why isn't the word for breast on there anywhere? Armpits? Chin? Cheeks?

Because it is a children's song, perhaps words like 'nez' and 'yeux' are there for an adult to point to the corresponding part on a child while they sing. If this is the case, what human body parts could be included in the song with the intention of teaching them to a child?

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