I’m debating whether to add the song “Les Sucettes” (“Lollipops”) by France Gall to the blog playlist. Serge Gainsbourg wrote the song for 18-year-old France in 1966, about a girl who enjoys anise flavored lollipops. France was apparently too innocent to realize that the entire song was a double entendre for blowjobs. She eventually did find out (and was devastated), but not before a video was produced of her performing the song with props playing on the sexual references. Part of me thinks Serge is a huge asshole to do that to a young girl, but the other part of me can’t stop laughing.
As a kid I would sing it happily because it sounded like such a happy song. Then in French class we learned what it actually meant.
“Alouette, gentille alouette. Alouette, je te plumerai.” This means, “Lark, nice lark. Lark, I will pluck you.” The song goes on to name all the different body parts that will be plucked of feathers, including the head, beak, throat, back, wings, feet, tail, and, in some versions, the eyes. Creepy, much?