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The Pogues

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (8:10)

"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 during the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. The Pogues cover is perhaps the best-known version; critic Robert Christgau wrote that vocalist Shane MacGowan… read more


When I was a young man I carried my pack
And I lived the free life of a rover
From the murrays green basin to the dusty outback
I waltzed my matilda all over

The Pogues - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda Lyrics


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  • "Never knew there were worse things than dying"
  • Remembering and honouring today.
  • lOve
  • It's Eric Bogle's song but don't The Pogues and Redgum grab it by it's short and curlies and make it as if their own? -awesome covers, both! A must play on ANZAC Day.
  • a very sad song. but a great one.

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