Dating song titles
The Germans still have an enemy in “Mademoiselle from Armentieres,” and she is going back to the front, somehow, to be near the soldiers she loves.“Mademoiselle” today is Madame Marie Marceau and her face is lined with care, but she is going back to Armentieres to be near her grandson and her granddaughter and to those “So dear Tommees, for I love them all.” We chatted at a cafe in a village well behind the lines where she now lives and Marie told me again how she inspired the famouse war song.Its primary subjects were drinking, lousy officers and the pursuit of sexual hijinks.
“No, it was not the kiss,” she said, “it was about a bill–some money.” Sergeant “Red” Owlands, said now to be the manager of a cinema in London, was in Armentieres at the time, and like everybody else, heard of the slapping incident.That statue was eventually realized and was unveiled with great ceremony on November 9, 2008.Further research into the connection between Marie Lecoq and the origins of the song unearthed the following article, reproduced here for ease of access: At 49, Is Ready to Go Campaigning Again A Grandmother, and Ill, She’s Ready to Go To Colors. Mc Millan British United Press Writer SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE, Dec.“I was gassed the night of July 22, 1917,” Marie said, “and since then I cough. I’ll go back to Armentieres now and perhaps, who knows–there will be another song about ‘mademoiselles from Armentieres.’” id=CTw OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4n0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3871,5828305 It’s important to understand that the song “Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo” was vernacular, undocumented, underground and very, very filthy.