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Waltzing Matilda

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Size: 2,931kb, uploaded 10/17/2009 4:54:55 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Off the brilliant Brown, Sullivan & Co. album, Magnum Banjos, this is by far my favorite tune. You need headphones to appreciate the different parts that blend together in harmony.

1 comment on “Waltzing Matilda”

ukuleleph Says:
Sunday, April 4, 2010 @11:50:42 PM

G'day Daniel from Sydney Australia. I am flattered that you would record one of our favourite folk songs !.

This song is a "protest" song against a harsh establishment when Australia was formed in the late 1700's by the English. Its about a bloke (man) who is down on his luck, who would rather throw himself in the river than get caught by the troopers (police). Its a sort of "up yours" song (on a nice way). Here is some translations for you;

"Jumbuck" - sheep
"Swagman" - hobo
"Waltzing Matilda" - the knapsack on his back that "dances as he walks"
"Troopers" - Police
"Billabong" - creek
"Coolibah Tree" - gum tree (native to Australia)
"Billy" - Kettle to boil water over a fire
"Tuckerbag" - knapsack with food inside

Peter - Sydney

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