Waltzing Matilda

Music & More Challenge

21.) favorite photo from the 2013 Sydney, AU promotional tour


First, let me recover my breath due to a fear of heights *eek!* Okay, I like this pic because it appears so carefree and you can tell Richard had fun climbing to the top of that bridge; such a boy! and it’s a very nice shot of the hands too, we can’t forget that…

music question: a song that reminds you of Down Under (Australia) :

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by The Pogues

This is a ballad about a soldier from Australia during the first World War who comes back from the battle of Gallipoli, crippled. It’s such a lovely tune and many of the videos, made to celebrate various versions of the song, include pictures from that time period to help illustrate the lyrics. Sad, yes, but I’ve always liked war ballads for some reason.


For no more I’ll go waltzing Matilda
All around the green bush far and near
For to hump tent and pegs, a man needs two legs
No more waltzing Matilda for me


 *remember: although the tune and the lyric of “waltzing” make it sound romantic, a Matilda is actually a cloth bundle that a hobo or “swagman” would have carried.



8 thoughts on “Waltzing Matilda

  1. Love that bridge picture too! Such a happy smile! And hands! Waltzing Matilda always makes me think of On the Beach with Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner. Not a happy association, since the movie is about the end of the world! 😀 It’s such a haunting song, though. Hard to forget.


  2. Thumbshot!

    Once a jolly swagman, camped upon a billabong, under the shade of a colibah treet … we learned it in grad school. No idea what it all means.


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