Waltzing Maltilda

by Banjo Patterson

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
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 that billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me!"
Waltzing Maltilda, walzing 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-walzing Matilda with me!"

Up rode the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three,
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"
Waltzing Maltilda, walzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me,
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker-bag,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong,
You'll never catch me alive, said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"
Waltzing Maltilda, walzing Matilda,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-walzing Matilda with me!"



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