No, I am not speaking some strange language. I just got to thinking about what people enjoyed listening to before rock and roll came along and through two World Wars. Oh yes, as horrible and as frightening as it might seem there were plenty of songs and a lot of music to like but there was no rock and roll. However, people did survive and they also danced and enjoyed themselves.
“Hinky Dinky Parlez Vous” was also known as “Mademoiselle from Armentieres” and was a very popular song during WW I. It was an English song cleverly mixing in some French as well.
In different versions this song has presented itself in two episodes of I Love Lucy since Fred Mertz was a WW I veteran, in an episode of The Lucy Show, with Sophia singing it making up her own words in The Golden Girls, and in Cheers where the regulars attempt to sing the song to brighten up the mood of a WW I veteran who appears as the only member of his unit attending a reunion just to mention a few.
People always have to have some joy in life even during the war as bombs go flying the joy of life goes way beyond the fear of death and there is always hope for better times on the horizon.