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Title: Waltzing Matilda
Author: A. B. "Banjo" Paterson
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Language: English
Date first posted: 2021
Most recent update: 2021

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Waltzing Matilda

A. B. "Banjo" Paterson

 

CONTENTS

Waltzing Matilda poem written 1895 and published in Saltbush Bill 1917
Original Manuscript of Waltzing Matilda
First Publication of Waltzing Matilda 1903


Waltzing Matilda

(Carrying a Swag)

Oh! there once was a swagman camped in the Billabong,
    Under the shade of a Coolabah tree;
And he sang as he looked at his old billy boiling,
    “Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.”

            Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling,
                 Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
            Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag—
                 Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the water-hole,
    Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him in glee;
And he sang as he put him away in his tucker-bag,
    “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me!”

Down came the Squatter a-riding his thorough-bred;
    Down came Policemen—one, two, and three.
“Whose is the jumbuck you’ve got in the tucker-bag?
    You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.”

But the swagman, he up and he jumped in the water-hole,
    Drowning himself by the Coolabah tree;
And his ghost may be heard as it sings in the Billabong,
    “Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?”

 

Original Manuscript

set to music 1895 by Christina Rutherford Macpherson

Original Manuscript

 

First Publication of Waltzing Matilda 1903


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