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Waltzing Matilda
PD: Banjo Patterson, 1895
notes: So much has been written about this song that anything I might
offer would be superfluous.. except... I wonder why so few
commentaries on this song ignore the metaphorical meaning of the title.
("Waltzing Matilda" also means commanding destiny. One aspires to
waltz his own matilda. In this sense, "you'll come a-waltzing matilda with
me", doesn't mean "let us go together". It mwans "you'll do what I tell
you to do").
Waltzing Matilda

D                A              D               G            D                           A
Once a Jolly swag-man camped by a billabong under the shade of a coolbough tree
         D             A         D                 G               D                  G              A            D
And he sang as he sat and waited ‘till his billy boiled: You’ll come a-waltzing matilda
with me
D                      G                      D                   G              A
Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda, you’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me
         D             A         D                 G               D                  G              A            D
And he sang as he sat and waited ‘till his billy boiled: you’ll come a-waltzing matilda
with me

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong
Up jumped the swag-man and grabbed him with glee
And he sang as he stove that jumbuck in his tucker bag
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me

Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me
And he sang as he stove that Jumbuck in his tucker bag
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me

Up came the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred
Down came the troopers, one-two-three
Where’s the jolly Jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me

Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me
Where’s the jolly Jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me

Up jumped the swag-man and sprang into the billabong
You’ll never catch me alive, said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me

Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You’ll come a-waltzing matilda with me