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Waltzing Matilda

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Oh there once was a swagman camped in a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah 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 water hole
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee
And he sang as he stowed him away in his tucker bag
You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me

Down came the squatter a riding on his thoroughbred
Down came the troopers one two three
Whose is that jumbuck you've got in the tucker bag
You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me

But the swagman he up and he jumped into the water hole
Drowning himself by the coolibah tree
And his ghost may be heard as it sings in the billabong
Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me

Waltzing Matilda

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When I was a young man I carried me pack and I lived the free life of the rover 
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From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback I waltzed my Matilda all over 
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Then in 1915 my country said: Son, it's time to stop rambling, there's work to be done
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So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun and they sent me away to the war
        
        
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Chorus :    And the band played Waltzing Matilda when the ship pulled away from the quay
                         F                               C               Am            C                G      C
                 And amid all the tears, flag waving and cheers, we sailed off for Gallipoli

 

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