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"Mademoiselle From Armentieres," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation, dominate octave skip, dominate arpeggio,
and feeling duple meter in 6/8 time.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: England – Traditional, tune dates from 1830’s (French Army), popular during the Franco-Prussian war (1870), and in World War I (1914)
  • Key: F Major 
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: rhythm: AABC – pitches: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ta ti | syncopation,
    | ta/a ti | syncopation, | ta/a/a | ta ti ta ti | syncopation, | ta ti ta/ | ta/ ta/ |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi/So (m3), Fa\Re, (m3), Mi\Do (M3), Re\Ti\So descending dominate arpeggio (V, C), So/So ascending dominate octave skip
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; tied notes, syncopation, dominate arpeggio, melodic rhythm patterns, 6/8 time: eighth note receives one beat, divisions of a dotted quarter note: three eights (3 ti’s), feeling duple meter (2) in 6/8: where three eights would be a triplet if the beat is represented by a dotted quarter 
  • Key Words: world history: World War I, world geography: Armentieres, France; language: French: mademoiselle (unmarried woman), Parley voo (respelling of the French – parlez-vous, meaning: do you speak?), Hinky Dinky (person/place of questionable quality), forty years, steady beat; contraction: she’s (she was), she’ll (she will)
  • Recorder: intermediate: practicing B flat, descending dominate arpeggio, and ascending dominate octave skip

Armentières: Dutch: Armentiers) is a commune in the Nord department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France. It is part of the Urban Community of Lille Métropole.


“Mademoiselle From Armentieres”

Mademoiselle from Armentiers Parley voo,
Mademoiselle from Armentiers Parley voo,
Mademoiselle from Armentiers
She hasn’t been kissed
in forty years,
Hinky Dinky Parley Voo.

Challenge students to compose new lyrics.


Mademoiselle from Armentiers Parley voo,
Mademoiselle from Armentiers Parley voo,
They say she’s born with two left feet
She’ll never keep a steady beat,
Hinky Dinky Parley Voo.

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