Waltzing Matilda

Banjo Paterson  Copyright - Allans Music Company.

The swagman with his cry of 'You'll never catch me alive

was quite symbolic of the feeling the early bushmen

had for authority - an attitude that is still prevalent in many Australians today

 

Once a jolly swagman camped down 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.

 

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me

He sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

   

Up came a jumbuck to drink from the billabong

Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee

He sang as he stuffed that jumbuck in his tuckerbag

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

  

Up came the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred

Up came the troopers, one! two! three!

Where's that jolly jumbuck that you've got in your tuckerbag.

You'll come a-waltzing 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 the billabong

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.