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Dave 25 Jan 99 - 08:03 AM
Gearoid 25 Jan 99 - 08:23 AM
Dave 25 Jan 99 - 09:05 AM
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Sam 25 Jan 99 - 11:52 AM
Joe Offer 25 Jan 99 - 04:12 PM
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26 Jan 99 - 01:52 PM
O'Boyle 26 Jan 99 - 04:41 PM
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Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 09 Nov 02 - 11:51 PM
breezy 10 Nov 02 - 11:53 AM
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Subject: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Dave
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 08:03 AM

I know it's probably been asked for 100s of times but I've tried location it and havn't had much luck. Can anyone help please.


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Subject: Lyr Add: AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA
From: Gearoid
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 08:23 AM

AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA
(Eric Bogle)
As recorded by Eric Bogle on "Scraps of Paper" (1983)

1. Now when I was a young man I carried me pack
And I lived the free life of the rover.
From the Murry's green basin to the dusty outback,
Well, I waltzed my Matilda all over.
Then in 1915 my country said, "Son,
It's time you stop rambling; there's work to be done."
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
And they marched me away to the war.
And the band played Waltzing Matilda,
As the ship pulled away from the quay,
And amidst all the cheers, the flag-waving and tears,
We sailed off for Gallipoli.

2. And how well I remember that terrible day,
How our blood stained the sand and the water,
And of how in that hell that they called Suvla Bay
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter.
Johnny Turk, he was waiting; he primed himself well.
He showered us with bullets, and he rained us with shell,
And in five minutes flat, he'd blown us all to hell,
Nearly blew us right back home to Australia.
But the band played Waltzing Matilda
When we stopped to bury our slain,
We buried ours and the Turks buried theirs,
Then we started all over again.

3. And those that were left, well, we tried to survive
In that mad world of blood, death and fire,
And for ten weary weeks, I kept myself alive
Though around me the corpses piled higher.
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,
And when I woke up in me hospital bed
And saw what it had done, well, I wished I was dead.
Never knew there were worse things than dying.
For I'll go no more Waltzing Matilda,
All around the green bush far and free.
To hump tent and pegs, a man needs both legs.
No more waltzing Matilda for me.

4. So they gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed,
And they shipped us back home to Australia--
The legless, the armless, the blind, the insane,
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla.
And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay,
I looked at the place where me legs used to be,
And I thank Christ there was nobody waiting for me
To grieve, to mourn and to pity.
But the band played Waltzing Matilda
As they carried us down the gangway,
But nobody cheered; they just stood and stared,
Then they turned all their faces away.

5. And so now every April I sit on me porch
And I watch the parade pass before me,
And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march,
Reviving old dreams of past glories,
And the old men march slowly, all bone-stiff and sore.
They're tired old heroes from a forgotten war,
And the young people ask, "What are they marching for?"
And I ask meself the same question.
But the band plays Waltzing Matilda,
And the old men still answer the call,
But as year follows year, more old men disappear.
Someday, no one will march there at all.

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by that billabong:
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Dave
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 09:05 AM

Thank you Gearoid -Go raibh mile maith agat


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Barbara
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 10:25 AM

You did know this was in the database? Along with a couple of parodies? I hope you didn't do all that typing, Gearoid.


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Sam
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 11:52 AM

the band played Waltzing Matilda is on a Tommy Makem & Clancy Bros. "The makem & Clancy Collection" Shanachie Records Cpr[/ #52001, written by E. Bogle, Island Music. I have heard it several times by different artists, but this is one I have on CD so thats as much as I can supply you with. Play time is 6 min. Sam the wannabe banjo picker.


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jan 99 - 04:12 PM

Seems that the database isn't working too well today. I keep getting error messages. I sent Max an e-mail to alert him.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Gearoid
Date: 26 Jan 99 - 08:30 AM

Dave and Barbara

Sorry about the bluntness on my mail yesterday (I was just about to type a quick note when my boss walked in. I swear my hand never moved as fast, the poor mouse got such a shock, (every time she walks to my desk i'm in the Mudcat- not creating a good impression of myself) Dave, You are more than welcome (Barbara I just copied and pasted from the DT) dave try messing around with the DT in the top right of your screen (you'll be amazed what you fine)

Anyway got to do some work (only for about 2 minutes though)

Take care Gearoid


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
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Date: 26 Jan 99 - 01:52 PM

I have 3 versions of this yar song...the aforementioned Tommy Makim, Joan Baez (on Ring Them Bells) which is a sweet lyrical version, contrasting well with the words, and my personal favorite by the POGUES. My son, then a collitch kid, came home with that CD. At the time I came home he was playing the JESSE JAMES track. Imagine his dismay when old pater actually liked that track and several others. That particular CD is replete with folk-punk rock-Celtic arrangements. Anyway, their BAND is my fav.


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: O'Boyle
Date: 26 Jan 99 - 04:41 PM

I have heard many versions of this song, but the best by far that I have heard is done by Rob Williams of The Fenians. They have some samples on their page, I don't know if The Band Played waltzing Matilda is one of the smples but you can access the page here at their webpage.

Rick


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Apr 02 - 12:45 PM

The original, and best, sung by Eric Bogle accompanied by John Munro, can be heard here: Matilda 1915
The copyright holder is credited in the DT, but the composer, Eric Bogle, is not.


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Apr 02 - 12:58 PM

Sorry, Eric Bogle was credited at the top. In the DT, Murray is mis-spelled and ass is substituted for arse.


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 09 Nov 02 - 11:51 PM

June Tabor does a good version of this.


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: breezy
Date: 10 Nov 02 - 11:53 AM

June Tabor sings the definitive version period.
Eric Bogle came to prominance as a consequence of her recording this song
imho


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Jake Bryan
Date: 10 Nov 02 - 12:10 PM

Priscilla Herdman has also done a haunting version of this song. First heard it from her back in the '70's.


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Subject: RE: LYR:'The Band played Waltzing Matilda'
From: Dani
Date: 10 Nov 02 - 12:17 PM

I think the best I've heard was our own Kendall Morse. There was another thread on this song: if anyone has a chance to look it before I do, go for it.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
From: mmb
Date: 10 Nov 02 - 09:46 PM

I first heard this song when Priscilla performed it at the Niskayuna Folk Festival, sometime around 1978 or '79.

I had an uncle who was wounded at Anzio in 1944, and was paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 19. To this day I remember the impact of Priscilla's "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda." When I walked backstage to speak to her, our eyes met, and without a word she simply held out her arms and embraced me.

To stay with the thread: Her version retains the original "arse."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
From: mg
Date: 11 Nov 02 - 12:13 AM

my favorites are Priscilla Herman and John McDermott although he modifies the tune a bit. mg


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