"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is a song written by Scottish-born Australian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in The song describes war as futile and gruesome, while criticising those who seek to Composer(s): Eric Bogle. AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda Cords. 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. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda Lyrics: Now when I was a young man I carried me pack, and I lived the free life of a rover / From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback, well, I. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda Lyrics: When I was a young man I carried my pack / And I lived the free life of a rover / From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback / I waltzed my.
When the ship carrying the young soldiers departs from Australia the band plays " Waltzing Matilda " while crowds wave flags and cheer. Archived from the original PDF on 30 October Then this storm of applause broke out and I thought, "Ovation guitar, come to daddy! The song was translated into French by the musical duo Ambages in The song was originally eight verses long but Bogle pared it down to five verses.
The song is an account of the memories of an old Australian man who, as a youngster had travelled across rural Australia with a swag the so-called Matilda of the title and tent. When the crippled narrator returns and the legless, the armless, the blind, the insane are carried down the gangway to the same popular music, the people watch in silence and turn their faces away. Many cover versions of the song have been performed and recorded, as well as many versions in foreign languages. Bogle was inspired by the photography and felt a sense of " This section needs additional citations for verification. And hopefully it will get to the stage where everyone forgets who wrote it.
Canberra: Australian War Memorial. Campbell can be found here. More information about Mr. And of how in that hell that they called Suvla Bay, we were butchered like lambs at the slaughter. Nearly blew us right back to Australia. As the years pass he notes the death of other veterans , while the younger generation becomes apathetic to the veterans and their cause. Note: If you're curious about the song Waltzing Matilda, a great deal of information and lyrics can be found here and here. Walsh suggests that the line "they marched me away to the war" implies compulsion, in the form of conscription, whereas all Australian troops were volunteers, and the government did not introduce conscription.