What does Waltzing Matilda Sound Like? Listen to Waltzing Matilda on YouTube

Waltzing Matilda is Australia's favourite song. More Australians know the words to this song than any other. The lyrics to the song were written by Banjo Paterson while holidaying at a Station in Outback Australia when he heard a tune being played by the station-owner's daughter a lady named Christina Macpherson.

Waltzing Matilda was first sung publicly in 1895. There are over 700 different versions of Waltzing Matilda. These have been recorded by such famous singers such as Slim Dusty, Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash, The Seekers,and Bill Haley & Comets. The oldest surviving recording of the song was made in 1926 on a wax disk and lasted only two minutes.

Below are a a selection of Waltzing Matilda YouTube clips you may like to hear.

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Slim Dusty Sings Waltzing Matilda

Slim Dusty, a famous Australian country and western singer, sings Waltzing Matilda.

This rendition of Waltzing Matilda is the one most often sung.

Nursery Rhyme Version of Waltzing Matilda

This version of Waltzing Matilda has a nice beat to it and also has "sing-a-long" words.

Waltzing Matilda by Bachelor Girl

This is beautiful rendition of Waltzing Matilda by the pop group Bachelor Girl.

Aboriginal version of Waltzing Matilda

Ali Mills sings an Aboriginal Kriol version of the song in the Gurindji-Kungarakan tribal language.

Cartoon Version of Waltzing Matilda

Here is a cute 1930's or 1940's cartoon of the story. The swagman in the video clip looks very fat. In real life they were thin, poor and underfed.

First Recording of Waltzing Matilda

Wax cylinder Recorder

Click image to hear the first recording of Waltzing Matilda

The first known recording of the song was made in 1926 in London, England by a singer named John Collinson. The recording is barely two minutes long. It almost seems like the singer was rushing through the song to make sure it all fitted in the old-fashioned wax recording disc which only had a recording capacity of about two and a half minutes.

While it can clearly be recognized as Waltzing Matilda, it is interesting to note that this version is different from the one we are familiar with today. There is a subtle but noticeable difference in the melody.

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