“Mademoiselle from Armentieres”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1919
Keywords: bawdy soldier humorous nonballad
Found in: US(So)

Description

The mademoiselle "hasn't been kissed [or other appropriate verb] for forty years." The soldiers complain about her or cajole her to do their laundry; they complain about their superiors (and their relations with the lady?) and grouse about army life

Notes

Both plot and tune of this song show a relationship with "Snapoo" (indeed, they sometimes mix, and Roud lumps them); it is reasonable to ask which came first and which influenced the other. As both appear at about the same time, however, it is effectively impossible to settle the matter.

Fuld has extensive notes about the origin of this song, with some interesting folkloric twists; the legends, while possible, are not convincing. - RBW

Historical references

Same tune

Cross references

Recordings

References

  1. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 513-515, "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Sandburg, pp. 440-442, "Hinky Dinky, Parlee-Voo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Scott-BoA, pp. 331-333, "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-FSUSA 38, "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 557-560, "Hinky Dinky Parley-Voo?" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Arnett, pp. 152-153, "Hinky Dinky Parlay-Voo!" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. JHJohnson, pp. 110-111, "Hinky Dinky" (1 text)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 277, "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" (1 text)
  9. Fuld-WFM, pp. 344-345, "Madamoiselle from Armentieres"
  10. Roud #4703
  11. BI, RL513