About ‘Alouette’ | AspenTimes.com

About ‘Alouette’

Dear Editor:I would like to make a comment about Andy Stone’s article on the Comment & Opinion page of your July 8 issue.French was my first language, and, like Andy Stone, I grew up singing the song “Alouette.” Surprisingly, the song became popular with American as well as French children, although the former did not know what it was about. Neither does Mr. Stone.It is not about a sweet little nightingale being relieved of its feathers. It is a chicken-plucking song. Mothers and daughters would sit around provincial French kitchens preparing for the evening meal, and sing to make the work go easier. The chickens (not live ones) had their feathers removed before being put in the oven or the pot. In this country, this is done in a factory. We just enjoy eating the chicken, without doing the work involved in the preparation.The French girls would sing the song of the meadowlark, alouette, perhaps thanking the fowl in question for giving its life, so that theirs might be extended, and the family would be nourished. This is also a Native American custom.The feathers that were plucked from the back (le dos), the head (la tete), etc., were used in the making of the pillows, mattresses and soft, warm, downy comforters for which the French are famous.Enjoy your chicken dinner!Sakina CominsSedona, Ariz.

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