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Touring Around Adelaide And South Australia

Waltzing Matilda - (Words Only)

If You Don't Understand The Words To Waltzing Matilda - then check this out

Carrying a Swag - (Words Only)

Advance Australia Fair - (Words Only)

I Love A Sunburnt Country - (Words Only)

*** John Williamson - Australian Country Singer ***

 

 


Waltzing Matilda


(The following is the popular version
and is considered to be Australia's unofficial national anthem)

From the Penguin Banjo Paterson Collected Verse, 
Edited by Clement Semmler

 

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,
"Who'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 shoved that jumbuck in his tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me!"

Waltzing Maltilda, walzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"

Up rode the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three,
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"

Waltzing Maltilda, walzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me,
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-walzing 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-walzing Matilda with me!"

Waltzing Maltilda, walzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"

 


Karen Day's Version of
Waltzing Matilda




Australian Swagmen were drifters, who went from one country town to another, from one sheep/cattle farm to another, searching for work. Travel was almost always done on foot and they slept under the stars. They carried the barest essentials and usually "found" their food as they travelled.

Australians always think of Swagmen in a more romantic way, but because of their lifestyle they had to be hard men, who would not take too much from an unfair boss.

A billy is a tin, say a large fruit tin, with a wire handle which was use to boil water in or even to mix a stew in, over an open fire.


Once a happy Hobo camped by a backwater (dead end river)
Under the shade of a gum tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his pot boiled,
Who'll come a travelling and keep me warm at night?

Down came a sheep to drink at the backwater,
Up jumped the hobo and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that sheep in his food bag,
"You'll come a travelling and keep me warm at night!"

Who'll come a travelling, Who'll come a travelling,
You'll come a travelling and keep me warm at night,
And he sang as he shoved that sheep into his food bag,
You'll come a travelling and keep me warm at night.

Up rode a sheep farmer mounted on his thoroughbred (horse)
Down came the military police, three in all,
Who owns that sheep that you have in your food bag,
"You'll come a travelling with me!" (they are going to arrest him)

Who'll come a travelling, Who'll come a travelling,
You'll come a travelling and keep me warm at night,
Who owns that sheep that you have in your food bag,
"You'll come a travelling with me!"

Up jumped the hobo and dived into the backwater,
You'll never catch me alive, said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that backwater
You'll come a travelling with me!"

Who'll come a travelling, Who'll come a travelling,
You'll come a travelling and keep me warm at night,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that backwater
You'll come a travelling with me!"


The phrase "You'll come a travelling and keep me warm at night", refers to the fact that the swagman had taken the sheep for food, and the skin would be used to keep him warm at night.

Please visit the following two web sites for more information about the history of Waltzing Matilda.

Waltzing Matilda History

Christina Rutherford Macpherson



Carrying a Swag


(The following is the original version
of what is commonly known as Waltzing Matilda)

Written by  Banjo Paterson (1903:  written 1895)

 

Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
And he sang as he looked at the 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?"
Walzing Matilda and leading a water-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"

Up came a jumbuck to drink at the waterhole,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he put him away in his tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me!"

"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"
Walzing Matilda and leading a water-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"

Up came the squatter a-riding his thoroughbred,
Up came the policemen - one, two, three,
"Whose is the  jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag?
You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"

"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"
Walzing Matilda and leading a water-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"

Up sprang the swagman and jumped in the waterhole, 
Drowning himself by the Coolibah Tree,
And his voice may be heard as it sings in the billibongs,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"

"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"
Walzing Matilda and leading a water-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?"

 


Advance Australia Fair


Advance Australia Fair is the national anthem of Australia

This original version was composed by Peter Dodds McCormick 


Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us all sing,
"Advance Australia fair!"

 

Although part of the original version the following verses are not  commonly heard, as the sentiment of some verses are, on the whole, disapproved by most Australian Governments.


When gallant Cook from Albion sailed,
To trace wide oceans o'er,
True British courage bore him on,
Till he landed on our shore.
Then here he raised Old England's flag,
The standard of the brave;
With all her faults we love her still,
"Britannia rules the wave!"
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

Beneath our radiant southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"


While other nations of the globe
Behold us from afar,
We'll rise to high renown and shine
Like our glorious southern star;
From England, Scotia, Erin's Isle,
Who come our lot to share,
Let all combine with heart and hand
To advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"


Should foreign foe ever sight our coast,
Or dare a foot to land,
We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore
To guard our native strand;
Britannia the shall surely know,
Beyond wide ocean's roll,
Her sons in fair Australia's land
Still keep a British soul.
In joyful strains the let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

 

 


I Love A Sunburnt Country


Written by  Dorothea MacKellar (1908:  written 1906)


The love of field and coppice,
  Of green and shaded Lanes,
  Of ordered woods and gardens,
  Is running in your veins;
  Strong love of grey-blue distance,
  Brown streams and soft, dim skies -
  I know but cannot share it,
  My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
  A land of sweeping plains,
  Of ragged mountain ranges,
  Of drought and flooding rains,
  I love her far horizons,
  I love her jewel sea,
  Her beauty and her terror -
  The wide brown land for me.

The tragic ring-barked forests
  Stark white beneath the moon,
  The sapphire-misted mountains,
  The hot gold hush of noon.
  Green tangle of the brushes
  Where lithe lianas coil,
  An orchids deck the tree-tops
  And ferns the crimson soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
  Her pitiless blue sky,
  When sick at heart around us
  We see the cattle die -
  But then the grey clouds gather
  And we can bless again
  The drumming of an army,
  The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
  Land of the Rainbow Gold,
  For flood and fire and famine,
  She pays us back threefold;
  Over the thirsty paddocks,
  Watch, after many days, 
  The filmy veil of greenness
  That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
  A wilful, lavish land -
  All you who have not loved her,
  You will not understand -
  Though Earth holds many splendours,
  Wherever I may die,
  I know to what brown Country
  My homing thoughts will fly.

 

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John Williamson
- Australian Country Singer

The following is a site for the great Australian country singer - John Williamson.

You will need to down load the latest free version of "realplayer" - takes about 20 to 40 minutes (see below).

John Williamson


Look for the following:
John's new album Anthems - A Celebration of Australia now available. Click here for our merchandise page.

Click on the word "here" this will give you the link to "real player". Once it has been downloaded go back to this page.

The select media type CD/Tape then click on GO!

Click on Anthems

Wait for the anthems page to come up (sometimes takes a while depends on how fast your modem is and how busy the site is). When you see the Waltzing Matilda 2000 icon show up click on the icon.
Then sit back and enjoy.

Then press back button and select Waltzing Matilda

Wait for the Walzing Matilda page to come up (sometimes takes a while depends on how fast your modem is and how busy the site is). When you see the And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda icon show up click on the icon.
Then sit back and enjoy.

Then press back button and select Old Man Emu

Wait for the Old Man Emu page to come up (sometimes takes a while depends on how fast your modem is and how busy the site is). When you see the Old Man Emu icon show up click on the icon.
Then sit back and enjoy.

Then press back button and select True Blue

Wait for the True Blue page to come up (sometimes takes a while depends on how fast your modem is and how busy the site is). When you see the True Blue icon show up click on the icon.
Then sit back and enjoy.

And so on and so on..........



Thank you for visiting this page.  If you have any further suggestions, please email: kday@chariot.net.au it would be greatly appreciated.



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