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"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


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  • Avatar for houghster27
    "Never knew there were worse things than dying"
  • Avatar for Kanixtant
    Remembering and honouring today.
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  • Avatar for Djinnjaha
    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.
  • Avatar for BostonIrish
    a very sad song. but a great one.

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