Waltzing Matilda

waltzing matilda

Waltzing Matilda - the song lyrics

- Australia's unofficial national anthem

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 take 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

 

(A.B.) Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda near Winton

- Australia's most famous author

A.B. Paterson or Banjo Paterson as he was known wrote the famous words to Waltzing Matilda when he was visiting an outback station near Winton in Queensland's channel country.

 

Carisbrooke Outback Station

-via Winton, Channel Country, Outback Queensland

The station where the song's words were created still exists but is not open to the public. A neighbouring property, Carisbrooke Station, happily takes visitors and guests.

This 50,000 acre outback cattle station has a variety of accommodation options ranging from wilderness camping and caravaning up to comfortable outback homestead beds.  Tours of the station, its aboriginal rock art and sites, as well as nearby Lark Quarry Dinosaur footprints are available at the station.  Click here to learn more about Carisbroooke Station

 

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