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Thread #2385   Message #2745694
Posted By: Gibb Sahib
14-Oct-09 - 01:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mademoiselle from Armentières
OK thanks, Lighter, for that breakdown.

You know, what I was thinking of with regards to "Ja Ja" (just brainstorming) was, like you said, the "similar stanzaic shape" but also in terms of the overall "gesture" of paradigm of the song. "Mlle" has "hinky dinky" ("hinky stinky" from the version I remember hearing when I was younger) and "Ja" has "inkum stinkum."

But beyond those specifics, I was thinking maybe many of these "pseudo-" refrains (never mind the verses), no matter what language they are supposed to reference, all amount to the same thing. That includes "snapoo" and the "pseudo-Spanish" words (that sound absolutely nothing like Spanish IMO) in the "Hero Bangidero" songs.

So yeah, probably not much there, but I was just wondering if, after looking at such a large body of texts that reflect transformations in different directions, any sort of big picture like that might have emerged.