Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Waltzing Matilda - A B Banjo Paterson

Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabong,
    Under the shade of a Coolabah tree;
And he sang as he looked at his 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.
    Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag —
        Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the waterhole,
    Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him in glee;
And he sang as he stowed him away in his tucker-bag,
    "You'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 —
        Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

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

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

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

A B Banjo Paterson (1864 - 1941) Australia

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