Mudcat Café message #1117072 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2385   Message #1117072
Posted By: Lighter
16-Feb-04 - 12:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
Thanks much, O'Meara. Do you remember when and where you heard the "real words" and what the social situation was?

Yours is the latest reported singing of the song in the U.S. Army. It was a big hit in France in 1918, but wasn't much sung in WW II.

I assume that your version was less than the epic strings of bland verses reported (with a straight face) in so many songbooks.

Mainly the Canadians, Brits, and Australians have kept it going in various forms, esp. as a rugby song.

If I ever publish on this topic, any 'Catter who helped out gets an acknowledgment (real name or alias, your choice) and a free PAPER COPY! Wotta deal!