Walzting Matilda



Once a jolly swagman camped 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


And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong.


Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.


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

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred.

Down came the troopers, one, two, three.


"Where’s that 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 that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?

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 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."13

Notes: this is the unofficial national anthem of Australia, it was the closing song for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, clips on YouTube show the whole stadium singing this song. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=UORKwBTKWqw


Here is a key to some of the Australian slang in the song: :


waltzing -- traveling while working as a craftsman for three years and one day.


Matilda -- a romantic term for a swagman's bundle.


Waltzing Matilda -- to travel with a swag, that is, with all one's belongings on one's back wrapped in a blanket or cloth.


swagman -- a man who travelled the country looking for work.


billabong -- an oxbow lake (a cut-off river bend) found alongside a meandering river.

coolibah tree -- a kind of eucalyptus tree which grows near billabongs.


jumbuck -- a sheep.


billy -- a can for boiling water, usually 2–3 pints.


Tucker bag -- a bag for carrying food ("tucker").