Saturday, August 6, 2011

Waltzing Matilda


Today I am joining Natasha at
5 MINUTES JUST FOR ME
all the way "down" in Australia!



She is hosting a great new blog party that
combines "pinning" and music.


Have you ever been to Australia?

Today I want to share a song about Australia.
 One that most everyone has heard before.
But do you know the meaning of it?

Here are some "Aussie" words translated:
swagman:  a romanticised "hobo" figure.
swag: a bundle of his belongings.
Matilda: a romantic term for a swagman's bundle.
Waltzing Matilda:  they danced with their swags.
billy:  a can for boiling water.
coolibah tree:  a kind of eucalyptus tree.
jumbuck:  a sheep.
billy: a can for boiling water.
tucker bag: a bag for carrying food ("tucker").
I hope that you will enjoy the song more,
 now that you know what these words mean.
Waltzing Matilda



Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Along came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
And he sang as he stowed 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,
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?",
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?".

Up jumped the swagman, leapt into the billabong,
"You'll never catch me alive," said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong,
"Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me?"


Thank you for your visit today.
Be sure to go say 'Hi" to Natasha.





4 comments:

WhyCuzICan said...

What a neat post, very informative, Bunny (And natasha)

Thanks for sharing :)
~Suzanne in IL

Kathy said...

Very interesting! Love to hear the meaning of these terms! The party sounds like fun!
Kathy

skyelee said...

Well, as someone who lives 'down under' G'day!! Hopping over from 5 minutes just for me! Glad to have found you!

Natasha in Oz said...

How sweet you are posting an Aussie tribute sung by a true Aussie icon! This was a brilliant post and I am so glad you shared it at my linky party! Thanks so much Bunny!

Best wishes and happy weekend,
Natasha.

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