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June Tabor

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (6:24)

"And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is a song, written by Scottish-born singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971. The song describes the futility, gruesome reality and the destruction of war, while criticising those who seek to glorify it. This is exemplified in the song by the account of a young Australian soldier on his maiming at the Battle of Gallipoli in the First World War.

In 1915, Australian and New Zealander soldiers…

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