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Waltzing Matilda Help Opus Details
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Waltzing Matilda is Australia’s best known and much loved national song. It is recognised by every Australian, and has attained international status as the nation’s unofficial national anthem.

The song came into being as part of the after-dinner musical entertainment at a sheep station in remote Queensland. The words were written by Banjo Patterson, whilst staying at the property owned by the McPherson family. Christina McPherson openly acknowledged that she simply adapted the tune from an existing folk song. She had heard this tune played by the band at the Warrnambool steeplechase. It was the Scottish song ‘Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigielea’

The words of the song tell about an itinerant worker (swagman) making a drink of tea at a bush camp, and stealing a sheep (jumbuck) to eat. When the sheep's owner arrives with three policemen to arrest the worker, he drowns himself in a small watering hole (billabong) and goes on to haunt the place.’

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
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me"
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".
This arrangement for a quartet of clarinet, horn, violin and cello is by Victor Gomersall. It can also be played by a regular string quartet if you substitute another violin for the clarinet, and play the horn part on a viola.
Category: Folk Song Other Ensembles Featuring Clarinet Traditional Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   Eb Major also featuring French Horn, Strings Play MP3 using player below.

1    Verse

2    Chorus
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