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Waltzing Matilda – Harry Belafonte (1963)

1) Once a jolly swagman, camped by a billa-bong,
Under the shade of a coo-li-bah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.”

Refrein: Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.”

2) Down came a jumpbuck to drink at that billa-bong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that jumpbuck in his tucker bag,
You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.

Refrein: Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.”

3) Up rode the squat-ter moun-ted on his tho-rough-bred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three,
Who’s is that jolly jumpbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?
You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.

Refrein: Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.”

4) Up jumped the swagman, sprang into the billa-bong,
Drowning himself by the coo-li-bah tree,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billa-bong,
You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.

Refrein: Waltzing Mathilda, waltzing Mathilda,
You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled,
“You’ll come a waltzing Ma-thilda with me.”

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