Waltzing Matilda – history of a song

29 Mar

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Waltzing Matilda , first lyrics were written 1895 in Australia, the title is not related to a dance and not related to a woman. Matilda was the name for a bag on the back of wandering shepherds. The lyrics are related to a sheep-shearer, who was a protester vs bad working conditions. During the protest a barn was burned, some sheep were killed. The protester Samuel Hoffmeister was accused, but he said he was not guilty and made suicide beneath his favorite water hole – where he usually ate some stolen sheep.

Maybe you have an interest to read more at wikipedia. The song became a kind of second national anthem in Australia, was used for the opening of Olympic games 1976, was the soundtrack for a female soccer team (the Matildas) or was used supporting the out-sending of Australian troops vs Iraq etc. In Australia the whole…

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2 Responses to “Waltzing Matilda – history of a song”

  1. frizztext March 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    thank you for reblogging!

    • jcalberta March 30, 2014 at 8:09 am #


      Your Welcome Sir! Pardon my ineptitude in failing to get you posted properly … I still don’t know this blogging thing as well as I should.

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