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'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'

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olddude 14 Apr 08 - 08:31 AM
GUEST,PMB 14 Apr 08 - 08:46 AM
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Subject: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: olddude
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 08:31 AM

I was sitting on my couch playing this song last night. In these troubled times don't you think it is one that should be played from time to time
"And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: GUEST,PMB
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 08:46 AM

A good song, sadly bludgeoned to death. See Willie McBride passim.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: olddude
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 08:58 AM

very true statement you made but a good tune never the less


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 09:15 AM

Kendall Morse does this beautifully on Beginner's Luck. The image of the unknown face in the ragged leather photo frame sums up the futility of it all.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: jacqui.c
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 09:19 AM

Wrong song Sins - that's 'No Man's Land' - by the same author.

Bogle can really write songs to tear your heart out!


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Beer
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 09:29 AM

You sure are right there jacqui.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: olddude
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 09:32 AM

No Man's Land, haven't thought about that for awhile
thank you ... what an awesome song, so right about Bogle
Dan


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Snuffy
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 09:51 AM

And now every April I sit on my porch...

ANZAC Day, 25th April.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Flash Company
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 10:08 AM

Saw Eric at The Malt Shovels in Altrincham the first time he came over here, fantastic night, Mike Harding and I got the last two seats in the room.
He had been over at Leigh the night before, and the members of the Auld Triangle all came over to listen to him again.

FC (Sorry about the name dropping! Gone to wash my mouth out.)


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: jacqui.c
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 11:52 AM

I got one of the last three tickets to see Eric at Watford back in 2003. That was where I first came across George Papavgeris as well. I was so blown away that I went to see him at Hitchin a couple of months later.

When he came over to the states a couple of years back a group of us travelled 100 miles each way, in heavy rain, to catch his act. The man is phenomenal and I can't wait for him to be performing somewhere that I can get to see him again.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 01:11 PM

DOH!
I am a bit distracted today. High drama at work.

Kendall still does a beautiful job on "And the Band Played Waltzing Mathilda".

Now why do I have No Man's Land on tape in my car? Wonder who is singing it? I will have to dig through the tapes.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: topical tom
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 05:34 PM

So right! Eric an have you laughing at one moment and crying the next. Truly a consummate singer-songwriter.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Apr 08 - 07:04 PM

This is another of those songs that gets done to death. There is a reason for that. It is a spectacular creation that perfectly captures that which it seeks to capture. The trick for the performer is to find a way to do it that is stunning, yet not a clone of the way all others do it. For me, I try to capture the the rise and fall of the emotion, excitement, fear, self realization, and resignation that this song contains in the various verses. I use my own experiences to sink into it. I love it so much that I find ways to perform it that keep it from being marginalized by the number of times folks hear it.

Other songs like this, for me, are The Dutchman and Dublin, In The Rare Old Times. Get tons of requests and I just try to keep it in the vein that touched folks originally.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: ard mhacha
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 04:34 AM

I would put Liam Clancy`s version of this song at the top.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: The Villan
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 04:58 AM

Eat your hearts out me dearies. The only one

I saw Eric Bogle at Cassies, Gainsborough (run by Sooz) and he sang that song and it was left totally stunned. As he was singing it, all I could see was the film Tobruck in my mind, when they went over the top.

Great song and sure does make you think.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 05:06 AM

- "Mike Harding and I got the last two seats in the room" - I remember the night well, Mike borrowed my guitar to do a spot and didn't tell one joke. I would also recommend Liam Clancy's version.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: quokka
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 12:11 PM

I am sure we will be hearing this song a lot come April 25 - Anzac Day here in Oz. Other Australian anti-war songs:
Scorn of the Women - Weddings Parties Anything - chorus:
So don't sing no songs about Waltzing Matilda,
dont't tell them I tried, don't tell them I failed
'cause all I recall is the scorn of the women
and the white feather that I received in the mail(ww2)

I Was Only Nineteen - Redgum:(Vietnam) this song has a line that sends a shiver up my spine every time I hear it:
'And Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon,
God help me, he was going home in June'
Anyone know any others?


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Snuffy
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 01:07 PM

Mothers, Daughters, Wives (Judy Small)


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: gnu
Date: 15 Apr 08 - 01:11 PM

It was always the second last song of the night for us.... and always will be.... "done to death" or not.

(The Parting Glass, of course... you had to ask?!)


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: jacqui.c
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 12:52 PM

I would put Liam Clancy`s version of this song at the top.

I'd vote for Kendall's version - and it seems that Mr Bogle would as well, if his handwritten letter to Kendall, stating that his was the best version of the song that he had heard, is anything to go by.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: kendall
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 12:56 PM

Thanks Luv, but I still can't afford that fur coat.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: quokka
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 12:56 PM

I LOVE the parody in the database of this song - rivals Eric's own of Dylan for cheekiness!


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Becca72
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 01:46 PM

One of my all-time favorite songs done by my father.
And Dad, if you brush out Seamus I bet you could get enough for Jacqui's coat...just tell her it's 'blonde fox' :-)


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: kendall
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 07:33 PM

Ah yes, I can see it now, when we go out in the evening she could really "put on the dog"


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Clipper
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 07:35 PM

I played it often during a series of concerts I gave several years ago at the golden age center of the Montreal Association For The Blind. One of those "burgers for some song" monthly gigs. It was always popular and I remember many of the seniors getting up and dancing to it. I guess i'm not that far off from dancing to it myself....


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:36 PM

quokka, previous threads that might interest you (warning - lots of reading here, settle down in a comfy chair, with a cuppa or whatever & turn off the phone/lock the door).

songs about Vietnam war

more songs about Vietnam

Anti-war songs to fit the occasion

Vietnam era protest songs


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: quokka
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 12:20 AM

Thanks, Sandra, these threads are brilliant. Wouldn't it be great if those who make the decisions on sending people to wars could be made 'Clockwork Orange' style, to read this stuff and listen to these songs...


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: oldhippie
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 07:28 AM

quokka,
there's "The Ballad of Penny Evans".


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Rapparee
Date: 17 Apr 08 - 09:25 AM

What has always touched me about this song is the enthusiastic sendoff and the "we don't want to see what we've done" return.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: quokka
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 09:17 AM

Thanks, oldhippie, I first heard the Ballad of Penny Evans from Michelle Shocked about 20 years ago and that led me to Steve Goodman's work. Brilliant songwriter.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 10:27 AM

One of my favourites is "LETTER TO SYRACUSE" (check the digitrad).

"I wrote me a letter to Syracuse, it was a letter full of lies
I told them we were doing fine, very much to their surprise
For how were they to know that here, the ground was soaked in red
Or that we could fill the valley with our dead."

To me, that says it all.......


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Apr 08 - 07:59 PM

I heard a lovely version of 'And The Band Played Washin' My Dildo' the other day.

Very moving...

Seamus


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 06:39 PM

Don't Play 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'

When I was a young man I played the guitar
And I led the free life of a rover
From the Murray's green basin to each dusty folk bar
I waltzed my old Martin all over

But at each bar I played in the people said, "Son!
We do like your playing" but when I was done
They'd leap on the stage, shouting, "Now, I'll give you one!"
And this was the song that they sang.

"The Band Played 'Waltzing Matilda'
And the audience soon forgot me.
So 'midst all the tears, the flag waving and beers
I went out to the loo for a pee.

How well I remember that terrible day
And how my blood boiled, like water.
For up to that time I'd been well on my way
To winning the publican's daughter

Johnnie Turk, he was there and he sang the song well,
I rained him with insults, but 'truth is to tell
I wished Eric Bogle had gone straight to hell
And never had come to Australia

And the band played 'Waltzing Matilda'
And the audience joined in the refrain
So when Johnnie Turk had finished, the berk
Went on and sang it again.


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Muttley
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 12:19 AM

Hey Quokka!

You forgot the ubiquitous: Khe Sahn.

If you want shivers up your spine and a truly gut response to "I was Only Nineteen" try listening to it sung/played in a hall full of Vietnam Veterans!

I was 'Padre' to the Vietnam Veterans otorcycle Club for 10 years and I can tell you for fact that the moment this one came up, blokes got really introspective and misty-eyed and I've seen a fair exodus from the hall by openly weeping blokes on many occasions.

Muttley


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: GUEST,quokka
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 01:21 AM

Thanks Muttley, Khe Sanh is indeed a great song, if ever there be three Aussies or more gathered in a pub anywhere in the world you can guarantee it will be sung...


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 06:52 AM

One that I do from time to time - 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'. It was the FIRST folk song that I ever learnt - not sure whare I heard it, but I must have been thirteen or so. Learnt it and sang to myself or in the bath. Only started singing in public four years ago (and I'm 44 now!!) It was that song that sowed the seeds for me - just took a long time to come up!!

Kev


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Subject: RE: 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Clipper
Date: 20 Apr 08 - 07:07 AM

Just a note, Beer played this song last night at a venue in Hemmingford. He did a really fine rendition, was treat to hear. NIce one Beer...


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