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Thread #49836   Message #759977
Posted By: Bob Bolton
05-Aug-02 - 08:55 AM
Thread Name: Review: Waltzing Matilda
Subject: RE: Review: Waltzing Matilda
G'day Teribus,

I probbaly got a bit incoherent there ... I should emphasise that the rumour of a separate, older, "good honest English" source for Waltzing Matilda has lurked about since the end of WW II ... and been mulled over by a number of folklorists.

I believe it simply arises from the active parody instincts of soldiers in the interminable boring times between the moments of panic. Probably as a parody by English soldiers tired of Aussies singing Waltzing Matilda yet again! The later misinterpretation arise from quite common extensions of antiquity given to immediate ancestors' stories and songs.

Regards,

Bob Bolton