And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda: ERIC BOGLE / THE BUSHWACKERS / THE POGUES

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda was written by Scottish-born Australian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971. At its conclusion, the song incorporates the melody and a few lines of lyrics of the 1895 song Waltzing Matilda by Australian poet Banjo Paterson. Many versions of the song have been performed and recorded, as well as some in languages other than English.
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Eric Bogle
The song is on the album Scraps of Paper, released on the Larrikin label, which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 20 September 1982 and peaked at #84.

The Bushwackers
The song is on the 1976 album And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, released on the Image label.

The Pogues
The song is on the album Rum, Sodomy & the Lash which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 3 March 1986 and peaked at #89.

The song is an account of the memories of an old Australian man who, as a youngster, had travelled across rural Australia as a swagman, “waltzing [his] Matilda” (carrying his “swag”, a combination of portable sleeping gear and luggage) all over the bush and Outback. In 1915, he joined the Australian armed forces and was sent to Gallipoli. For “ten weary weeks”, he kept himself alive as “around [him] the corpses piled higher”. Eventually, he is wounded by a shell burst and awakens in hospital to find that he has lost his legs. He declares it to be a fate worse than death, as he can “go no more waltzing Matilda”.
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