And The Band Played "waltzing Matilda" Uke tab by Eric Bogle

8 Chords used in the song: G, C, Em, D, Dsus4, Am, Gsus4, D7

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G G       C C           G G          Em Em
When I was a young man I carried my pack
G G D D G G
And I lived the free life of a rover
G G C C G G Em Em
From the murrays green basin to the dusty outback
G G D D G G
I waltzed my matilda all over
D D C C G G
Then in nineteen fifteen my country said son
D D C C G G
It's time to stop rambling 'cause there's work to be Done
G G C C G G Em Em
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
G G D D G G
And they sent me away to the war

[Chorus]
G G C C G G
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
C C D D Dsus4 Dsus4 D D
As the ship pulled away from the quay
C C Am Am G G Em Em
And amidst all the tears and the flag-waving and cheers
G G D D G G Gsus4 Gsus4 G G
We sailed off to Gallipoli

G G C C G G Em Em
How well I remember that terrible day
G G D D G G
When our blood stained the sand and the water
G G C C G G Em Em
And how in that hell that they called suvla bay
G G D D G G
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter
D D C C G G
Johnny Turk he was ready, he primed himself well
D D C C G G
He rained us with bullets, he showered us with shells
G G C C G G Em Em
And in five minutes flat he'd blown us all to hell
G G D D G G
Nearly blew us right back to Australia

[Chorus]
G G C C G G
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
C C D D Dsus4 Dsus4 D D
As we stopped to bury our slain
C C Am Am G G Em Em
we buried ours and the Turks buried theirs
G G D D G G Gsus4 Gsus4 G G
Then we started all over again

G G C C G G Em Em
Now those who were left, well, we tried to survive
G G D D G G
In that mad world of blood, death and fire
G G C C G G Em Em
And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive
G G D D G G
While the corpses around me piled higher
D D C C G G
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head
D D C C G G
And when I woke up in my hospital bed
G G C C G G Em Em
I saw what it had done, Christ I wished I was dead
G G D D G G
Never knew there were worse things than dying

[Chorus]
G G C C G G
So I'll go no more waltzing Matilda
C C D D Dsus4 Dsus4 D D
All around the green bush near and far
C C Am Am G G Em Em
For to hump tent and pegs, a man needs two legs
G G D D G G Gsus4 Gsus4 G G
No more waltzing Matilda for me.

G G C C G G Em Em
So they Gathered the wounded, the crippled, the maimed
G G D D G G
And they shipped us back home to Australia
G G C C G G Em Em
The legless, the armless, the blind and insane
G G D D G G
Those proud wounded heroes of suvla,
D D C C G G
And when the ship pulled into circular quay
D D C C G G
I looked at the place where me legs used to be
G G C C G G Em Em
And thank Christ there was nobody waiting for me
G G C C G G
To grieve and to mourn and to pity

[Chorus]
G G C C G G
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
C C D D Dsus4 Dsus4 D D
As they carried us down the gangway
C C Am Am G G Em Em
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared
G G D D G G Gsus4 Gsus4 G G
And they turned all their faces away


G G C C G G Em Em
And now every April I sit on my porch
G G D D G G
And I watch the parade pass before me
G G C C G G Em Em
I see my old comrades, how proudly they march
G G D D G G
Reliving the or their dreams of past glory
D D C C G G
The old men march slowly, old bones stiff and sore
D D C C G G
The tired old heroes of a forgotten war
G G C C G G Em Em
And the young people ask, "what are they Marching for?"
G G D D G G
And I ask myself the same question

[Chorus]
G G C C G G
And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
C C D D Dsus4 Dsus4 D D
And the old men still answer to the call
C C Am Am G G Em Em
But year after year more old men disappear
G G D D G G Gsus4 Gsus4 G G
Some day no one will march there at all

G G C C
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
G G D D
Who'll go a-Waltzing Matilda with me?
G G D D Em Em C C
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the Billabong
C C G G D7 D7 G G
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
Songwriters: Eric Bogle

 

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