Waltzing Matilda

This Australian ballad was written by Banjo Paterson in 1895 and is currently sung by Australian Country Singer John Williamson.

There was once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
under the shade of a Coolibah tree.
And he sang as he watched and waited ‘til his billy boiled.
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong,
up jumped the swaggy and grabbed him with glee.
And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag.
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
you’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.
And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag.
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Down came a squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred,
Up came the troopers one, two, three.
Who’s the jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
you’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.
Who’s the jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Up got the swaggy and jumped into the billabong.
You’ll never catch me alive said he.
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong.
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
you’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong.
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
you’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.
And he sang as he watched and waited ‘til his billy boiled.
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.



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Banjo Paterson (1864 - 1941)


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