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John Mcdermott - And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda Lyrics

  • Now when I was a young man and I carried my pack
  • And I lived the free life of the rover
  • From the murrays green basin to the dusty out back
  • I waltzed my matilda all over.
  • Then in 1915 my country said son
  • Its time to stop rambling, theres work to be done
  • And they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
  • And they sent me away to the war.
  • And the band played waltzing matilda
  • As the ships pulled away from the quay
  • And amid all the tears, flag waving and cheers
  • We sailed off to galipolli
  • And how I remember that terrible day
  • How our blood stained the sand and the water
  • And how in that hell that they called suvla bay
  • We were butchered like lambs to the slaughter.
  • Johnnie turk was ready, oh he primed himself well
  • He rained us with bullets and he showered us with shell
  • And in five minutes flat we were all blown to hell
  • Nearly blew us all back home to australia.
  • But the band played waltzing matilda
  • As we stuck to bury our slain
  • We burned ours and the turks buried theirs
  • And we started all over again
  • Those who were living just tried to survive
  • In a mad world of blood death and fire
  • And for ten weary weeks, I kept myself alive
  • While around me the corpses piled higher
  • Then a big turkish shell knocked me arse over head
  • And when I awoke in my hospital bed
  • And saw what it had done and I wished I was dead
  • Never knew there were worse things than dying
  • For no more Ill go waltzing matilda
  • All round the green bush far and near
  • For to hump tent and pegs a man needs both legs
  • No more waltzing matilda for me.
  • They collected the crippled, the wounded, the maimed
  • And they shipped us back home to australia
  • The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane
  • Those proud wounded heroes of suvla
  • And as our ship pulled in to circular key
  • And I looked at the place where my legs used to be
  • I thanked christ there was no one there waiting for me
  • To grieve and to mourn and to pity
  • And the band played waltzing matilda
  • As they carried us down the gangway
  • But nobody cheered, they just stood there and stared
  • And turned all their faces away
  • So now every april, I sit on my porch
  • And I watch the parade pass before me
  • And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march
  • Renewing their dreams of past glory
  • I see the old men all tired, stiff and sore
  • The weary old heroes of a forgotten war
  • And the young people ask what are they marching for?
  • And I ask myself the same question
  • And the band played waltzing matilda
  • And the old men still answer the call
  • But year after year, the numbers get fewer
  • Some day none will march there at all
  • Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda
  • Wholl come a waltzing matilda with me
  • And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the billabong
  • Wholl come a waltzing matilda with me.

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