Note: Ah, Les Fraises et les framboises ("Ah, the Strawberries and Raspberries"), a song with thinly transparent bawdy metaphors, as is often the case in folk music: Judith Cohen has this to say: "… not terribly subtle : Coming back from Montmartre to Paris (Montmartre is [now] of course IN Paris), I met three girls. I took the youngest home; she said "Behave yourself" and sat down next to me. There was no chair, so she sat on the bed. I opened her little chemise and found a nice little nest. I told her "Look at my pretty canary." She carressed the canary till it grew, beating its wings, and entered her nest. It went in so strongly it broke its neck. Ah, ladies, weep for the canary's death; no, ladies, don't weep for the canary's death because, adroitly, she brought it back to life. Refrain: Ah, the strawberries and raspberries, and good wine that we've drunk; and the pretty village girls whom we won't see again.
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