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


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WALTZING MATILDA

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

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