The title was Australian slang for travelling on foot waltzing with one's belongings in a "matilda" swag slung over one's back. When the jumbuck's owner, a squatter landownerand three troopers mounted police pursue the swagman for theft, he declares "You'll never catch me alive!
The original lyrics were written in by Australian poet Banjo Patersonand were first published as sheet music in Extensive folklore surrounds the song and the process of its creation, to the extent that it has its own museum, the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Wintonin the Queensland outbackwhere Paterson wrote the lyrics.
The song was first recorded in as performed by John Collinson and Russell Callow. Macpherson had heard the tune "The Craigielee March" played by a military band while attending the Warrnambool steeplechase horse racing in Victoria in Apriland played it back by ear at Dagworth. Paterson decided that the music would be a good piece to set lyrics to, and produced the original version during the rest of his stay at the station and in Winton.
It has been widely accepted  that "Waltzing Matilda" is probably based on the following story:. In Queensland in the Great Shearers' Strike brought the colony close to civil war and was broken only after the Premier of QueenslandSamuel Griffithcalled in the military. In Septembersome shearers at Dagworth Station were again on strike. The situation turned violent with the striking shearers firing their rifles and pistols in the air and setting fire to the woolshed at Dagworth, killing dozens of sheep.
The owner of Dagworth Station and three policemen gave chase to a man named Samuel Hoffmeister, an immigrant said to have been born in Batavia  also known as "Frenchy". Bob Macpherson the brother of Christina and Paterson are said to have taken rides together at Dagworth. Here they would probably have passed the Combo Waterhole, where Macpherson is purported to have told this story to Paterson.
Although not remaining in close contact, Paterson and Christina Macpherson had different recollections of where the song was first composed- Christina said it was composed "in Winton" while Paterson said it was at "Dick's Creek" on the road to Winton.
Amongst Macpherson's belongings, found after her death inwas an unopened letter to a music researcher that read " He then and there wrote the first verse. We tried it and thought it went well, so he then wrote the other verses. Miss Macpherson used to play a little Scottish tune on a zither and I put words to it and called it Waltzing Matilda.
The occasion was a banquet for the Premier of Queensland. The same report asserts, "Writer Matthew Richardson says the song was most likely written as a carefully worded political allegory to record and comment on the events of the shearers' strike. Several alternative theories for the origins or meaning of "Waltzing Matilda" have been proposed since the time it was written. Still, most experts now Walzing Mathilda - Various - Dutch Jazz Collection (Box Set) agree on the details outlined above.
Some oral stories collected during the twentieth century claimed that Paterson had merely Our Motion (Original Mix) - V I F* & Lola Palmer - Saltdrop The Collection a pre-existing bush song, but there is no evidence for this.
InPaterson himself published a book of bush ballads he had collected from around Australia entitled Old Bush Songswith nothing resembling "Waltzing Matilda" in it. Nor do any other publications or recordings of bush ballads include anything to suggest it preceded Paterson. Meanwhile, manuscripts from the time the song originated indicate the song's origins with Paterson and Christina Macpherson, as do their own recollections and other pieces of evidence.
There has been speculation  about the relationship "Waltzing Matilda" bears to an English song, "The Bold Fusilier" also known as "Marching through Rochester", referring to Rochester in Kent and the Duke of Marlborougha song sung to the same tune and dated by some back to the 18th century but first printed in A bold fusilier came marching back through Rochester Off from the wars in the north country, And he sang as he marched Through the crowded streets of Rochester, Who'll be a soldier for Marlboro and me?
In Australian amateur historian Walzing Mathilda - Various - Dutch Jazz Collection (Box Set) Forrest claimed that the widespread belief that Paterson had penned the ballad as a socialist anthem, inspired by the Great Shearers' Strike, was false and a "misappropriation" by political groups.
In Marie Cowan was hired by tea trader James Inglis to alter the song lyrics for use as an advertising jingle for Billy Tea, making it nationally famous. Although no copyright applied to the song in Australia and many other countries, the Australian Olympic organisers had to pay royalties to an American publisher, Carl Fischer Musicfollowing the song being played at the Summer Olympics held in Atlanta.
Magoffin remain in copyright in America. There are no "official" lyrics to "Waltzing Matilda" and slight Fuckingdogturdsupmyvagina - Passenger Of Shit - 3 can be found in different sources.
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. Down came the troopers, one, two, and three. You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.
The lyrics contain many distinctively Australian English words, some now rarely used outside the song. These include:. In a facsimile of the first part of the original manuscript, included in Singer of the Busha collection of Paterson's works published by Lansdowne Press inthe first two verses appear as follows:.
Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabong, Under the shade of a Coolibah tree, And he Walzing Mathilda - Various - Dutch Jazz Collection (Box Set) as he looked at the old billy boiling, Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me?
Chorus: Who'll come a waltzin' Matilda my darling, Who'll come a waltzin' 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 in glee, And he sang as he put him away in the tucker bag, You'll come a waltzin' Matilda with me. Chorus : You'll come a waltzing Matilda my darling, You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me. Waltzing Matilda and leading a water bag, You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me. Some corrections in the manuscript are evident; the verses originally read differences in italics :.
Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabong, Under the shade of a Coolibah tree, And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling, Who'll come a roving Australia with me? Chorus: Who'll come a rovin rest missing Who'll come a waltzin' Matilda with me? Waltzing Matilda and Le Rap Des Rapetous - Various - 100% Rock Français a tucker bag.
Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me? It has been suggested that these changes were from an even earlier version and that Paterson was talked out of using this text, but the manuscript does not bear this out. In particular, the first line of the chorus was corrected before it had been finished, so the original version is incomplete. Oh 最も危険な遊戯 A.K.A.
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Down came a jumbuck to drink at the waterhole, Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him in glee, And he sang as he put him away in the tucker-bag, You'll come a waltzing Matilda with me.
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By contrast with the original, and also with subsequent versions, the chorus of all the verses was the same in this version. This is also apparently the only version that Annies Empty - Alice Donut - The Untidy Suicides Of Your Degenerate Children "billabongs" instead of "billabong". Current variations of the third line of the first verse are "And he sang as he sat and waited by the billabong" or "And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled".
Another variation is that the third line of each chorus is kept unchanged from the first chorus, or is changed to the third line of the preceding verse.
There is also the very popular so-called Queensland version   that has a different Playya 1000 - Reality, one very similar to that used by Paterson:. Oh there once was a swagman camped in a billabong Under the shade of the coolibah tree And he sang as he looked at his old billy boiling Who'll Mathilda - Freddy Fender - 20 Greatest Hits a waltzing Matilda with me?
Chorus: 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 Chorus Down came the squatter a'riding his thoroughbred Down came policemen one two three Whose is the jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a'waltzing Matilda with me Chorus But the swagman he up and he jumped in 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?
The song has Walzing Mathilda - Various - Dutch Jazz Collection (Box Set) been the officially recognised national anthem in Australia. Unofficially, however, it is often used in similar circumstances. The song was one of four included in a national plebiscite to choose Australia's national song held on 21 May by the Fraser Government to determine which song was preferred as Australia's national anthem. The Australian women's Walzing Mathilda - Various - Dutch Jazz Collection (Box Set) soccer team is nicknamed the Matildas after this song.
Init was reported that at least artists in Australia and overseas had released recordings of "Waltzing Matilda", and according to Peter Burgis of the National Film and Sound Archiveit is "one of the most recorded songs in the world". Walzing Mathilda - Various - Dutch Jazz Collection (Box Set) Rodgers had a US 41 pop hit with the song in World and the Kidsongs Kids visit the Australians, the final two verses were replaced with the repeat of the first verse to make it more kid-friendly.
Only this time, new words such as "Traveller" took the original ones' places such as "Swagman". Waltzing Matilda is a Australian film directed by and starring Pat Hanna. Versions of the song have been featured in a number of mainly Australian films and television programs.
Ernest Gold used the song and variations of it extensively in the film On the Beach. The short film Waltzing Tilda features various versions of the song and it is also sung by the main character. It is the theme song for Australia in the video game Civilization VI. It was released as a single on 3 August On the occasion of Queensland's year celebrations inOpera Queensland produced the revue Waltzing Our Matildastaged at the Conservatorium Theatre and subsequently touring twelve regional centres in Queensland.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Waltzing Matilda disambiguation. Australian bush ballad. Original manuscript, transcribed by Christina Macpherson, c.
National Library of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 June Retrieved 3 October Archived from the original on 13 June Retrieved 7 January ABC News. Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton.
Archived from the original on 27 March Benjamin Waltzing Matilda: Australia's Accidental Anthem.
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