Eric Bogle – The Band Played Waltzing Matilda Ukulele Chords

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Now, when I was a young man I carried me pack,
and I lived the free life of the rover.
From the Murray’s green basin to the dusty outback,
well, I waltzed my Matilda all over.
Then in nineteen fifteen my country said,
Son, it’s time you stop rambling,
there’s work to be done”
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
and they marched me away to the war.
And the band played Waltzing Matilda,
as the ship pulled away from the quay.
And ‘midst all the cheers, the flag waving and tears,
we sailed off for Gallipoli.

And how well I remember that terrible day,
how our blood stained the sand and the water.
And how in that hell that they called Suvla Bay,
we were butchered like lambs at the slaughter.
Johnny Turk, he was ready, he’d primed himself well,
he showered us with bullets and he rained us with shell
And in five minutes flat he’d blown us all to hell,
nearly blew us right back to Australia
But the band played Waltzing Matilda,
when we stopped to bury our slain.
We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs,
then we started all over again.

And those that were left, well, we tried to survive,
in that mad world of blood, death and fire.
And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive,
though around me the corpses piled higher.
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,
and when I woke up in me hospital bed
And saw what it had done, well, I wished I was dead,
never knew there was worse things than dying.
For I’ll go no more Waltzing Matilda,
All around the green bush, far and free.
To hump tent and pegs, a man needs both legs,
no more ‘Waltzing Matilda’ for me.

So they gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed,
and they shipped us back home to Australia.
The legless, the armless, the blind and insane,
those proud wounded heroes of Suvla.
And when our ship pulled into Circular Quay,
I looked at the place where me legs used to be.
And thanked Christ, there was nobody waiting for me,
to grieve, to mourn, and to pity.
But the band played Waltzing Matilda,
as they carried us down the gangway.
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared,
then they turned all their faces away.

And so now every April I sit on me porch,
and I watch the parade pass before me
And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march,
reviving old dreams and past glory.
And the old men march slowly, old bones stiff and sore;
they’re tired old heroes from a forgotten war.
And the young people ask “What are they marching for?”
and I ask meself the same question.
But the band plays Waltzing Matilda,
and the old men still answer the call.
But as year follows year, more old men disappear,
some day no one will march there at all.

Waltzing matilda, waltzing matilda,
who’ll come awaltzing matilda with me?
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by that Billabong,
Who’ll come awaltzing matilda with me?

Folk
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Artist and Song:Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Album:Now I'm Easy
Year:1980
Chords:[C], [G7], [F], [Am]
Strumming:D - DU - UDU
Genre:Folk

About Eric Bogle - The Band Played Waltzing Matilda Ukulele Chords & Strumming Pattern

"The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is a song by Folk artist Eric Bogle. It was released in 1980 on the album, titled "Now I'm Easy". The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is considered under Folk genre.
  • The original key of The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is [C].
  • D - DU - UDU is the suggested strumming pattern for this Eric Bogle song.
  • [C], [G7], [F], [Am] are the ukulele chords for playing The Band Played Waltzing Matilda with the original key ([C]) on ukulele.
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What Are The Chords For The Band Played Waltzing Matilda On Ukulele?

You will play the [C], [G7], [F], [Am] ukulele chords while playing The Band Played Waltzing Matilda with your ukulele in the [C] key, original tone of the song.

How Do You Strum The Band Played Waltzing Matilda On Ukulele?

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ukulele strumming pattern is D - DU - UDU. You can also try D (down) if the suggested pattern is hard for you.

Who Sings The Band Played Waltzing Matilda?

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is performed by Eric Bogle. It was first released on the album "Now I'm Easy" in 1980.

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