Waltzing Matilda

Lyrics

(Folk tune, Lyrics by A.B. Patterson, 1895)

1. Once a jolly swagman sat beside a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited by the billabong:
“Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?”

Refrain
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.”

2. Down came a jumbuck to drink beside the billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and seized him with glee,
And he sang as he talked to that jumbuck in his tuckerbag,
“You’ll come a-waltz-ing, Matilda, with me!”

3. Down came the stockman, riding on his thoroughbred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three.
“Where’s the jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tuckerbag?
You’ll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.”

4. Up jumped the swagman and plunged into the billabong,
“You’ll never catch me alive,” cried he.
And his ghost may be heard as you ride beside the billabong,
“You’ll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me.”

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