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The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Parody) MIDIs
See also: The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Eric Bogle)
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When I was a young man I played the guitar,
And I lived the free life of the rover;
From Brisbane's green river to each dusty folk bar,
I waltzed my old Martin all over.

But in each club I played in the people said, "Son,
We do like your singing," but when I was done,
They would leap on the stage, saying, "Now I'll sing you one."
And this is the song that they sang me.

And the band played Waltzing Matilda,
And the audience forgot about me;
So amidst all the tears, flag waving and cheers,
I went to the loo for a pee.

How well I remember that terrible day,
How my blood boiled much hotter than water;
For up to that time I'd been well on me way,
To wooing the publican's daughter.

Johnny Turk he was there, and he sang the song well,
I rained him with insults, and truth is to tell;
I wished Eric Bogle had gone straight to hell,
And never had come to Australia.

And the band played Waltzing Matilda,
It was such a well-loved refrain;
And when Johnny Turk was finished, the berk,
Went and sang it all over again.

So now every April I sits on me porch,
And I watch my past life go before me;
And I wish I had written that rambling song,
That brought Eric Bogle such glory.

The songs that I wrote I don't sing 'em no more,
They're tiring old songs from a tiring old bore;
And when young people ask what did he write them for,
I ask myself the same question.

And the band played Waltzing Matilda,
And the singers respond to the call;
As year after year, all my hopes disappear,
That no one will sing it at all.

####.... Author unknown. Parody of Eric Bogle's 1972 tribute to veterans of the Gallipoli Campaign to capture Constantinople, The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ....####
Berk - Brit a stupid person; fool.


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