"There's A Girl in Chateau Thierry" 

 

 

Words by E. Ray Goetz. Music by Melville Gideon
Published 1919:  Leo. Feist Inc. New York, N.Y.

MIDI file courtesy Benjamin Tubb

 


Chateau Thierry in 1918. 3D Stereoview
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Verse: 1


One September I’ll remember,
Never to forget. Battle weary Chateau Thierry,
That was where we met,
’Mong the ruins I still can see,
Suzette smiling out on me,
Somehow it just had to be;
This love that bids me tell you:


CHORUS 1:

CHORUS [repeat after each verse] 

There’s a girl in Chateau Thierry,
A girl who waits for me.
There’s a weary heart made cheery,
By love and victory.
And her buddy boy’s devotion,
Burns a trail across the ocean,
To Chateau Thierry, where she waits for me.


There’s a girl in Chateau Thierry,
A girl who waits for me.
There’s a weary heart made cheery,
By love and victory.
And her buddy boy’s devotion,
Burns a trail across the ocean,
To Chateau Thie-ry, where she waits for me, across the sea.


Verse 2:

When this trouble started they said we did not have a chance.
They could not figure out how we could get our men to France.
But we defied the U-boats, for our motto is to win,
We’ve got them into France right now,
They’re headed for Ber-lin.


CHORUS 2:

Cherie, Cherie, I’m so very
Sad here over the sea,
Battle weary Chateau Thierry,
Seems much brighter to me,
Loved ones ask on ev’ry hand,
Why I’m sad in Yankee land,
Maybe they would understand
If I could only tell them:

More about the Chateau Thierry:

May 31, 1918: German advance on Chateau Thierry was halted by Americans of the Second and Third U.S. Divisions, including the 7th U.S. Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Marines and French Colonial troops. While American soldiers held the banks "under a galling fire", French  Engineers were able to blow the Marne River bridge.

June 4, 1918: On a farm ("Les Mares")  15 km west of Chateau Thierry, U.S. Marines captured three German soldiers. This was the nearest point German forces got within Paris.

July 15-17 1918 The Battle of Chateau Thierry was fought . This was the turning point against Gen. Erich Ludendorff's final "colossal" offensive against the allies. One targeted river crossing was at the United States positions located between Mezy and Varennes, a short distance east of Chateau Thierry. The 30th and 38th U.S. Infantry, belonging to the 3rd Division, nearly single handedly (with help from Division Artillery) repulsed the entire 10th German Division (in addition to the 5th Grenadier Regiment of the German 36th Division).  The 30th and 38th U.S. Infantry, with heavy causalities, here proudly earned the name, "The Rock of the Marne". (Also taking part in this battle was the 125 French Division which faced the German 36th Division).

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