Click to enlargeAustralia's unofficial national anthem

WALTZING MATILDA

 

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,

Under the shade of a coolibah tree,

And he sang as he sat and watched his billy boiling,

Who値l come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

 

Chorus:

Waltzing Matilda, Matilda my darling,

Who値l come a-waltzing Matilda with me,

Waltzing Matilda and leading a water bag

Who値l come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

 

Along came a jumbuck and he drank from the billabong,

Down jumped the swagman and he grabbed him with glee,

And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,

You値l come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

 

(back to Chorus)

 

Down came the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred;

Down came the troopers, one, two, three,

Whose is the jumbuck you致e got in your tucker bag?

You値l come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

 

(back to Chorus)

 

Well up jumped the swagman and he leapt into the billabong,

He drowned himself by the coolibah tree,

And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,

Who値l come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

 

(back to Chorus)

 

Adapted from A.B (釘anjo) Patterson

 

Survivor痴 Guide on Aussie slang used:

 

鉄wagman :- vagabond, rural tramp

 

釘illabong :- waterhole in semi-dry river

 

鼎oolibah :- box eucalyptus tree

 

釘illy :- tin container used for boiling water to make tea

 

笛umbuck :- lamb

 

典uckerbag :- Bag to carry food

 

鉄quatter :- large landowner in early colonial times




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