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Waltzing Matilda - Australia's Favourite Song Waltzing Matilda is Australia's favourite song.
More Australians know the words to the Waltzing Matilda song than any other.

Waltzing Matilda Song, Lyrics & Meaning

Waltzing Matilda Lyrics

 

Meaning of Waltzing Matilda Words

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"


Along came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee
And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"


Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred
Down came the troopers, one, two, three
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"
"You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"


Up jumped the swagman, leapt into the billabong,
"You'll never catch me alive," said he
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong
"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

Trishan's Art Swagmn Near Billabong

Swagman - a drifter, a hobo, an itinerant shearer who carried all his belongings wrapped up in a blanket or cloth called a "swag".

Billabong - a waterhole near a river. It is an aboriginal word that originally meant little or no water.

Coolibah - a eucalyptus tree. It may be from the aboriginal name "gulabaa". Since it was commonly found near water, the white settlers may have changed its pronunciation to reflect where it was found and the shade it provided.

Billy- a tin can with a wire handle used to boil water in.

Jumbuck - a sheep. The origin of the word is uncertain. It’s most likely derived from two words jumping buck.

Tucker Bag - a bag for keeping food in. It was usually an old sugar or flour sack.

 

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Trishan's Art Jumbuck near Billabong
Squatter riding his horse

Trishan's Art Jumbuck near Billabong

Art by Trishan


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