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And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ukulele

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C               F            C
Now when I was a young man I carried me pack 
                      G           C
And I lived the free life of the rover.
C                       F             C
From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback,
                   G             C
Well, I waltzed my Matilda all over.
         D         C  
Then in 1915, my country said, "Son,
      D                              C
It's time you stop ramblin', there's work to be done."
                    F                C
So they gave me a tin hat, and they gave me a gun,
                     G          C
And they marched me away to the war.
                       F        C
And the band played "Waltzing Matilda,"
                    F             G
As the ship pulled away from the quay,
     F                               C
And amidst all the cheers, the flag waving, and tears,
                  G       C
We sailed off for Gallipoli.
                 F            C
And how well I remember that terrible day,
                           G            C
How our blood stained the sand and the water;
                    F              C
And of how in that hell that they call Suvla Bay
                        G             C
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter.
        D                        C
Johnny Turk, he was waitin', he primed himself well;
     D                               C
He showered us with bullets, and he rained us with shell –
                     F           C
And in five minutes flat, he'd blown us all to hell,
                      G        C
Nearly blew us right back to Australia.
                       F         C
But the band played "Waltzing Matilda,"
                    F        G
When we stopped to bury our slain,
      F                        C
Well, we buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs,
                     G     C
Then we started all over again.
                     F              C
And those that were left, well, we tried to survive
                      G                 C
In that mad world of blood, death and fire.
               F                    C
And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive
                       G              C
Though around me the corpses piled higher.
      D                              C
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,
      D                     C
And when I woke up in me hospital bed
         F                          C
And saw what it had done, well, I wished I was dead –
                      G                 C
Never knew there was worse things than dying.
                        F        C
For I'll go no more "Waltzing Matilda,"
                      F            G
All around the green bush far and free –
      F                    C
To hump tents and pegs, a man needs both legs,
                     G         C
No more "Waltzing Matilda" for me.
                        F             C
So they gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed,
                          G            C
And they shipped us back home to Australia.
                     F         C
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane,
                      G         C
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla.
         D                      C
And as our ship sailed into Circular Quay,
     D                          C
I looked at the place where me legs used to be,
              F                       C
And thanked Christ there was nobody waiting for me,
               G            C
To grieve, to mourn and to pity.
C                       F         C
But the band played "Waltzing Matilda,"
                    F          G
As they carried us down the gangway,
   F                            C
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared,
                            G     C
Then they turned all their faces away.
                   F        C
And so now every April, I sit on my porch
                  G               C
And I watch the parade pass before me.
                  F               C
And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march,
                G            C
Reviving old dreams of past glory,
        D                          C
And the old men march slowly, all bones stiff and sore,
          D                        C
They're tired old heroes from a forgotten war
                      F              C
And the young people ask "What are they marching for?"
            G                 C
And I ask meself the same question.
                        F       C
But the band plays "Waltzing Matilda,"
                        F         G
And the old men still answer the call,
       F                           C
But as year follows year, more old men disappear
                     G             C
Someday, no one will march there at all.
C                   F
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda.
C             F          C          G
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
            C            G             C             F    
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the billabong,
C              F        G           C
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?

            
            
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