Mademoiselle from Armentieres

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Melody - attr. to Glitz Rice, 1915; Seq. by Jim Sheldon
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attr. to Edward Rowland, 1915

|: Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous, :|
Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
She hasn't been kissed for forty years,
Chorus:
Hinky-dinky parlez-vous.

2. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous :|
She got the palm and the croix de guerre,
For washin' soldiers' underwear,
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3. |: The Colonel got the Croix de Guerre,
Parlez-vous :|
The Colonel got the Croix de Guerre,
The son-of-a-gun was never there!
Chorus:

4. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous :|
You didn't have to know her long,
To know the reason men go wrong!
Chorus:

5. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous :|
She's the hardest working girl in town,
But she makes her living upside down!
Chorus:

6. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous :|
The cooties rambled through her hair;
She whispered sweetly "C'est la guerre."
Chorus:

7. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous :|
She'll do it for wine, she'll do it for rum,
And sometimes for chocolate or chewing gum!
Chorus:

8. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous :|
You might forget the gas and shell
But you'll nev'r forget the Mademoiselle!
Chorus:

9. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Parlez-vous :|
Where are the girls who used to swarm
About me in my uniform?
Chorus:

10. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from St. Nazaire,
Parlez-vous :|
The Mademoiselle from St. Nazaire,
She never washed her underwear.
Chorus:

11 |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Aix-Les-Bains,
Parlez-vous :|
Mademoiselle from Aix-Les-Bains,
She gave the Yankees shooting pains!
Chorus:

12. |: Oh, Mademoiselle from Montparnasse,
Parlez-vous :|
As soon as she'd spy a Colonel's brass,
She'd take off her skirt and roll in the grass!
Chorus:


Unclear as to when this song was written, but many sources credit it to the British Army of India under the name "Skiboo". The WWI lyrics were probably written at Armentieres in 1915, which served as a R&R (rest and recreation) area for units coming out of the trench line.

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