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Song from Australia

The original version of Waltzing Matilda was written in 1895 by Banjo Paterson.

 

How will you perform the song? Will you decide to vary Verses and Choruses? Will you sing acappella? Can you play instruments along with the singer(s)?

This backing track is at a fairly fast tempo? Which tempo will you choose?

Also consider whether you prefer to sing at an alternative pitch.


The Slideshare by smccall88 provides a Welcome to the Land “Down Under”!

The Waltzing Matilda section provides an alternative story through illustrations and different lyrics. These could be used for your own versions of the song.

WALTZING MATILDA

Australia from smccall88

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong

Under the shade of a coolibah tree,

And he sang as he watched and waited till his "Billy" boiled,

"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 till his "Billy" boiled,

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."


Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong,

Up jumped the swagman 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."


Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred.

Down came the troopers, one, two, and three.

"Whose is that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."


Up jumped the swagman and sprang 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."

‘On a Hungry Track’ by Frank Mahony

Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons