Friday, August 31, 2007

Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda




Waltzing Matilda

Oh there once was a swagman who camped in the billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda my darling,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
A-waltzing Matilda and leading a waterbag,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?


Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed it with glee,
And he sang as he put him away in the tuckerbag,
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."

You'll come a waltzing Matilda my darling,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
A-Waltzing Matilda and leading a water bag,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Swaggies
Down came the squatter a-riding his thoroughbred,
Down came policemen -- a-one, two, and three.
"Whose is the jumbuck you've got in the tuckerbag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda my darling,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water bag,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


And the swagman he up and he jumped in the waterhole,
Drowning himself by the coolibah tree.
And his ghost may be heard as it sings by the billabong,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"

Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda my darling,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water bag,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

1 Comments:

Blogger No Exit said...

the best set of lyrics to the tune were written by Eric Bogle and performed by Shane McGowan of the Pogues on Rum, Sodomy and the Lash.

When I was a young man I carried my pack
And I lived the free life of a rover
From the Murrays green basin to the dusty outback
I waltzed my Matilda all over
Then in nineteen fifteen my country said Son
It's time to stop rambling 'cause there's work to be done
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
And they sent me away to the war
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we sailed away from the quay
And amidst all the tears and the shouts and the cheers
We sailed off to Gallipoli

9/26/2007 12:27 PM  

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