In French, each line of this song ends with a letter of the alphabet, going in ABC order. The last syllable of the word right before the letter, rhymes with that line's letter.

The song is literally translated into English. Since it would be very difficult to follow the song's pattern in a translation, the English lyrics aren't following the alphabetical pattern. Therefore, we didn't write the letters at the end of each line.

Furthermore, in French, "w" is called "double v" ("double u") and "y" is called "i grec" ("Greek i") - in French and there are no words ending in the sounds "double v" or "i grec" - so they skipped these letters in the song. This reduced the alphabet to 24 letters. Therefore, each verse has exactly 4 lines and we have a perfect pattern for the song!

Alphabet des Scouts - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

This song is well-known throughout the French-speaking world.

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Many thanks to Edit' Dupont for singing this song for Mama Lisa's World.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Alphabet des Scouts

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Lucie Lasseel for contributing this song. Translated by Monique Palomares and Lisa Yannucci.

Image from "Darton's Alphabet of Animals", edited by Mama Lisa.

Merci beaucoup

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