And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda – John McDermott http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK6rZ--DhZM (Just had to add this rendition by John McDermott – he has such a sweet voice) (Credit to (jteethy) who created his version in E, the same key as John McDermott sings. My job was easy) Intro: E A E A V1 E A E C#m When I was a young man I carried me pack, E B E And I lived the free life of a rover. A E C#m From the Murray's green basin to the dusty Outback, E B E I waltzed my Matilda all over. V2 B A E Then in 1915 me country said, Son, B A E It's time you stopped rambling there's work to be done. A E C#m So they gave me a tin hat, and they gave me a gun, E B E And they marched me away to the war. Chorus E A E And the band played Waltzing Matilda, A B Bsus4 B When the ship pulled away from the quay. A F#m E C#m And amidst all the tears, flag-waving and cheers, E B E Esus4 E We sailed off for Gallipoli. V3 E A E C#m And how well I remember that terrible day, E B E When our blood stained the sand and the water. A E C#m And how in that hell that they call Suvla Bay, E B E We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter. V4 B A E Johnny Turk he was ready, he'd primed himself well, B A E He rained us with bullets, and he showered us with shells. A E C#m And in five minutes flat he'd blown us all to hell, E B E Nearly blew us back home to Australia. Chorus E A E And the band played Waltzing Matilda, A B Bsus4 B When we stopped to bury our slain. A F#m E C#m We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs, E B E Esus4 E Then we started all over again. V5 E A E C#m And those that were left, well, we tried to survive, E B E In that mad world of blood, death and fire. A E C#m And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive, E B E While around me the corpses piled higher. V6 B A E Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head, B A E And when I awoke in me hospital bed. A E C#m And saw what it had done, well, I wished I was dead, E B E Never knew there was worse things than dying. V7 E A E So no more I'll go Waltzing Matilda, A B Bsus4 B All around the green bush far and near. A F#m E C#m To hump tent and pegs a man needs both legs, E B E Esus4 E No more Waltzing Matilda for me. V8 E A E C#m So they gathered the wounded, the crippled, the maimed, E B E And they shipped us back home to Australia. A E C#m The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane, E B E Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla. V9 B A E And when the ship pulled into Circular Quay, B A E I looked at the place where me legs used to be. A E C#m And thanked Christ there was no one there waiting for me, E B E To grieve and to mourn and to pity. Chorus E A E And the band played Waltzing Matilda, A B Bsus4 B When they carried us down the gangway. A F#m E C#m But nobody cheered, they just stood there and stared, E B E Esus4 E Then they turned all their faces away. V10 E A E C#m So now every April I sit on my porch, E B E And I watch the parade pass before me. A E C#m I see my old comrades how proudly they march, E B E Renewing old dreams of past glory. V11 B A E And the old men march slowly, all bones stiff and sore, B A E They're tired old heroes from a forgotten war. A E C#m And the young people ask, "What are they marching for?" E B E And I ask myself the same question. Chorus E A E And the band plays Waltzing Matilda, A B Bsus4 B And the old men still answer the call. A F#m E C#m But year after year their numbers are fewer, E B E Esus4 E Someday no one will march there at all. Outro: E A Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, E B Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me? E B C#m A And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the Billabong, A E B7 E Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?
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