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NH Dave Lyr Req: Several Music Hall and WWI Songs (37) RE: Lyr Req: Several Music Hall and WWI Songs 12 Oct 06


Verses to the ANZAC version of Mademoiselle From Armentieres

Mademoiselle From Armentieres, parlez-vous
Sang the Diggers between their beers, parlez-vous
And the solder's chorus and ballad gay,
Rang through the old estaminet,
Inky pinky parlez-vous

Men from Wagga and Gundagai, parlez-vous
From Perth and Towers, and Boggabri, parlez-vous
From Sidney City and Dandenong,
Sinking their sorrows in wine and song,
Inky pinky parlez-vous

Mademoiselle enjoyed the din, parlez-vous
She tripped around with the bock and vin, parlez-vous
And Mademoiselle, in an innocent way,
Trolled a stave of the ribald lay,
Inky pinky, parlez-vous

One young Digger, tanned and lean, parlez-vous
From Darling Downs, or the Riverine, parlez-vous
Set her heart in a rapturous whirl
When he vowed that she was his dinkum girl,
Inky pinky, parlez-vous

They laughed and loved in the old French town, parlez-vous
And her heart spoke out of those eyes of brown, parlez-vous
But the time fled by, and there came the day
When he and his cobbers all marched away,
Inky pinky, , parlez-vous

Maybe on a field of France he fell, parlez-vous
No word came back to Mademoiselle, parlez-vous
But a little French girl, with eyes of brown,
Prayed for him still in that war-swept town,
Inky pinky, parlez-vous

Now quiet the old estaminet, parlez-vous
No more Diggers will come this way, parlez-vous
May your heart grow lighter with the passing years,
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
Inky pinky, parlez-vous

From, When This Bloody War is Over, Soldiers' Songs of the First World War, Max Arthur, ISN 0-7499-2354-7, 9.99 - I found my copy on Amazon. Amazon.co.uk has as cheap as 1.94, while Amazon.com has it from $ 14.37

Dave


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