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Warning: This resource may contain references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may have passed away.

Waltzing Matilda

by A B ‘Banjo’ Patterson

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong 
Under the shade of a coolabah tree 
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled 
Who’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me 
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda 
Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me 
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled 
Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me

Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong 
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee 
And he sang as he stuffed that jumbuck in his tucker bag 
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me 
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda 
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me 
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag 
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me

Down came the Squatter mounted on his thoroughbred 
Down came the troopers one, two, three 
Where’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tuckerbag 
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me 
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda 
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me 
Where’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tuckerbag 
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong 
You’ll never take me alive said he 
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong 
‘Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me’ 
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda 
Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me 
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong 
Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me.