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Thread #2385   Message #1118852
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
18-Feb-04 - 11:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
Is the song pre-WW1? Comments in "Sound Off" point to an earlier British version. Some verses with the word 'skiboo' have appeared in Geliher posting). I apologise if I am re-doing an older post which I skipped over.

Quoting Dolph- "The tune and verse structure of "Hinky Dinky" are based on a song that had been known in the British Army for many years. Major Thomas P. Gordon (deceased), Philippine Scouts, who as a young man had served in the British Army under Kitchener in the Sudan, once told me that in those days the British soldiers used to sing a song of similar tune and verse structure. He quoted this stanza, which is almost identical with one in "Hinky Dinky.":

Oh, landlord, have you a daughter fair,
Skiboo, skiboo,
Oh, landlord have you a daughter fair,
Skiboo, skiboo,
Oh, landlord have you a daughter fair
With lily-white arms and golden hair?
Skiboo, skiboo, skiboodley-boo, skidam, dam, dam.

"Furthermore, in a little booklet called "Tommy's Tunes," published by a British Lieutenant during the war, this same stanza is included with the statement that it is from an "heirloom of the British Army which contains over forty stanzas" and is the forerunner of the "Ma'm'selle from Armentières.""
Dolph, "Sound Off," Soldier Songs," p. 82ff.

Dolph has two pages of WW1 verses, and a page of post-war stanzas, some of which I don't believe have appeared here yet.

Has anyone seen the booklet, "Tommy's Tunes"?