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Waltzing Matilda


courtesy of - words by Banjo Paterson late 1800’s 

D                  A             Bm               G
Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong

D                 D/f#            A             A7
under the shade of a coolibah tree

             D                   A/c#                 
And he sang as he watched and he

Bm                     G
waited ‘till his billy boiled

D                                                A                D
Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me

D                                G
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda

D                                               A
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me

             D                    A/c#                  
And he sang as he watched and he

 Bm                    G
waited ‘till his billy boiled

D                                               A               D
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me

D                       A                
Down come a Jumbuck to

Bm                  G
Drink at the Billabong

D                        D/f#               
Up jumped a swagman and

A                                A7
grabbed him with glee

            D                     A/c#              
And he sang as he stowed him

Bm                G
away in his tucker bag

You’ll come a waltzing

      A            D
Matilda with me….CHORUS

D                  A              Bm          G    
Up rode the squatter a riding his thoroughbred

D                  D/f#        A            A7
Up rode the troopers one, two, three

D                    A/c#                 
Where is that jumbuck you’ve

Bm            G
got in your tucker bag

D                                       A             D
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me….  CHORUS

             D                  A         
But the swagman he up and

Bm                 G
jumped in the billabong

D                       D/f#            A            A7    
Drowning him - self  by the coolibah tree

              D                   A/c#         
And his ghost may be heard as it

Bm             G     
sings in the billabong

D                                        A             D
Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me…  CHORUS    

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