When I was learning a song during French class, it taught us to count to 21. However, I cannot remember the specific numbers and items it listed. Some of the lyrics go like this:

"cinq sandwich, six biscuit, sept giraffe, huit moustache, neuf jambon..."

Can anyone name the song or even put the rest of the rhyme for the other numbers please?

  • I've never heard this song, but you forgot the plural form of the nouns.
    – Destal
    Sep 27, 2016 at 7:41
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    And the only occurrence of cinq sandwich six biscuit in Google is your message.
    – Destal
    Sep 27, 2016 at 7:53
  • @SimonDéchamps De même en rajoutant les "s"... :)
    – Random
    Sep 27, 2016 at 8:49
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    Maybe your teacher wrote an updated French version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” and took it up to Epiphany for the extra 9 days! ... Anyway, “La perdriole” is an old French song that’s arguably the original inspiration for “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and in the linked version it, similar to the song you seek, assigns a different item/[gift] to each of the 12 months of the year.
    – Papa Poule
    Sep 27, 2016 at 13:25
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    It reminded me very much of a counting rhyme from "La souris verte", an old French Canadian kids show, but it starts from ten and goes down to one, so it's obviously not the same thing.
    – Kareen
    Sep 27, 2016 at 18:34

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« Un deux trois nous irons au bois, quatre cinq six cueillir des cerises, sept huit neuf dans mon panier neuf, dix onze douze elles seront toutes rouges. »

Je ne sais pas si la chanson continue jusqu'à vingt-et-un mais c’est la seule que je connaisse dans le genre.


Il y a :

« 10 moutons, 9 moineaux, 8 marmottes, 7 lapins, 6 canards, 5 fourmis, 4 chats et 3 poussins, 2 belettes et une souris, une souris verte ! » mais je n'ai pas la musique. On retrouve cette comptine dans le générique d'une vieille série québécoise ainsi que dans un sketche de François Pérusse (entre autres).

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