Waltzing Matilda

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Melodi till Waltzing Matilda.
En s.k "swagman" med en "matilda" på ryggen.

Waltzing Matilda, folkvisa från Australien, betraktad som Australiens inofficiella nationalsång. Sångtexten skrevs av poeten Banjo Paterson 1895 till en melodi som skilde sig något från den senare använda.

Visan handlar om en tillfälligarbetare, en sk. "swagman", som gick från gård till gård för att arbeta. Deras packning kallades "Matilda". Han sitter vid ett vattendrag och kokar vatten, då ett får kommer för att dricka. Mannen tar fåret, men upptäcks av dess ägare och tre poliser. Hellre än att bli arresterad för stölden (ett brott som bestraffades med hängning) dränker sig mannen i vattendraget och han spökar där sedan dess.

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Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Along came a jumbuck to drink at the 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".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
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, three,
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?",
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?".

Up jumped the swagman, leapt into the billabong,
"You'll never catch me alive," said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?"