Henry's Songbook. When I was a young man I carried my pack And I lived the free life of the rover From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback I waltzed my Matilda all over Then in nineteen-fifteen my country said, Son It's time to stop rambling, there's work to be done So they gave me a bayonet and gave me a gun And they sent me away to the war.
And the band Buster Browns Waltz Clog / Napadogan Reel - Matilda Murdoch - Plays Some Of Her Own Waltzing Matilda As the ship pulled away from the Santos - Camels Amidst all the tears, the flag-waving and cheers We sailed off to Gallipoli. And how well I remember that terrible day Our blood stained the sand and the water And how in that hell that was called Suvla Bay We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter Johnny Turk he was ready, he'd primed himself well He chased us with bullets and he rained us with shell And in five minutes flat he'd blown us to hell Nearly blew us right back to Australia.
But the band played Waltzing Matilda As we stopped to bury our slain We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs And we started all over again. Now those who were living just tried to survive In that mad world of blood, death and fire And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive While around me the corpses piled higher Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head And when I woke up in my hospital bed I saw what it had done and I wished I was O Viajante - Orquestra À Base De Sopro De Curitiba - Nossos Compositores Never knew there was worse things than dying.
For I'll go no more waltzing Matilda All around the green bush far and near To hump tent and pegs a man needs both legs No more waltzing Matilda for me. They collected the cripples, the wounded and maimed They shipped us back home to Australia The legless, the armless, the blind, the insane Those Buster Browns Waltz Clog / Napadogan Reel - Matilda Murdoch - Plays Some Of Her Own wounded heroes of Suvla And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay I looked at the place where my legs used to be Thank Christ there was no one there waiting for me To grieve, to mourn and to pity.
And the band played Waltzing Matilda As they carried us down the gangway Nobody cheered, they just stood there and stared Then they turned all their faces away. So now every April I sit on my porch And I see the parade pass before me I watch my old comrades, how proudly they march Renewing their dreams and past glories I see the old men, all bent, stiff and sore The tired old heroes of a forgotten war And the young people ask, What are they marching for And I ask myself the same question.
And the band plays Waltzing Matilda And the old men still answer the call Year by year their numbers get fewer Some day no one will march there at all. Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me Now their ghosts can be heard As they march by the billabong Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Drewe, Merian Australien Moreover it was not, as is popularly supposed, Buster Browns Waltz Clog / Napadogan Reel - Matilda Murdoch - Plays Some Of Her Own official Army contraction, and its rather rugged euphony is a matter of luck. He agreed to accept their wishes on the naming of the force, and they asked that it should be called the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Early in JanuaryMajor C. Wagstaff of General Birdwood's Untitled - Lettera 22 - Negative Tongue staff strolled into the Cairo headquarters and told the clerks You Really Touched My Heart - Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood was looking for a brief code-word for the new corps.
Clerks and other administrative staff who were nearly all Englishmen dutifully pondered over the problem and one of them, looking at the letterheads of the new corps, suggested 'What about Anzac? So was born one of the great words of military history. Naturally, no one realized it at the time - it was merely a simple, convenient word for Army telegraphic messages and despatches. Slowly the term Anzac filtered through to the troops, began to be used in Australian and overseas newspapers and eventually, through the immortal deeds of the 'diggers', embedded itself in history.
I was annoyed by the whole thing. The people on these parades generally never saw action. All the real soldiers were killed. When I get annoyed by things I write songs about them. He forgot Brand New Face - A Forest Mighty Black featuring Kitty K. - Doo-Ba-Yé of the words, earned a few polite handclaps and then dropped the number from his repertoire.
He dug the song out again for a song festival in Brisbane. The judges placed him and Matilda third, but their So Outrageous - Ana - Body Language caused a near-riot with the crowd who felt he should have won. The resulting publicity established Matilda. John Curry sent it up the charts. Kevin Black, Folk Review? To 'waltz Matilda' was to carry your pack around the bush.
About the only thing they achieved was a belated recognition from Britain that Australia was 'growing up', she was becoming a nation in her own right. Hence the saying of the time that 'Australia became a nation founded upon the blood of her soldiers'. Hell of a way to start a nation! Australia takes it so seriously that the pubs are closed, the only day in the year this happens. Like all memorial parades it is both moving and yet somehow pointless and pathetic.
New Zealand lost 17, men out ofTotal Anzac casualties - 62 per cent of those who served - were the highest of all units from the Anglo-Saxon world. Not surprisingly, a major effort was made in to keep the story of the Gallipoli disaster off the front pages. This would have succeeded, had it not been for the ingenuity of one young Australian reporter, Keith Murdoch father of the current newspaper tycoon, Rupert Murdoch who spilled the beans.
British journalists would not have behaved in such an uncouth manner. The story is an interesting one, since it shows that important and disturbing news got out only when it suited politicians to let it out.
It was apparent from early Beautiful Gas Mask - The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck in the Gallipoli campaign that the enterprise was a disaster. But military censorship simply blocked the reports of the journalists who were there. One of them, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett of the 'Daily Telegraph', passed to Murdoch some evidence of what was going on, in the hope that he could smuggle it back to Britain.
Murdoch got as far as Marseilles, before another correspondent at Gallipoli, who was not going to let the 'Telegraph' get the scoop, told the British authorities. Murdoch was arrested, and handed over all his papers. But on his arrival in London, he wrote down all he knew in a letter to the Australian prime minister, who duly notified Lloyd Georgethen minister of munitions, about what he had heard. Lloyd George was known as a Buster Browns Waltz Clog / Napadogan Reel - Matilda Murdoch - Plays Some Of Her Own who had no love for the military leaders and saw that the story would help him get rid of the men responsible for the debacle.
He passed the letter to Asquith, who put it on record in the parliamentary debate over the Dardanelles campaign. The upshot was the dismissal of the commander, Sir Ian Hamilton. Because if you stop bringing it to people's attention then you accept it; it becomes normal. I'm always like the ghost at the feast writing old-fashioned protest songs saying a state of war is not a normal condition.
So much ended with [it] and so much began after it; there was nothing romantic about it, but it was the last of the idealistic wars. So many of the people who fought in it thought they were fighting to end it - to start a total new age of human beings.
You read the histories, you read the letters from the soldiers - there was a genuine belief that once this war was finished they'd create paradise on earth. It Buster Browns Waltz Clog / Napadogan Reel - Matilda Murdoch - Plays Some Of Her Own happen [ There's no excuse for wars but if people in the First World War thought they Garys Gang - Dance Party fighting to end all wars, that's a reasonable reason.
The Allied commanders had seriously underestimated the tenacity of the Turks and the accuracy of their artillery. The result was one of the great debacles of the war. After months of horrific and courageous fighting, the invaders had scarcely gotten past the beach.
Note: a "matilda" is the rover's blanket roll; a "billabong" is a dead end wash off a river. Michael McCann, history notes ' Soldiers' Songs '. Winter, The Experience of World War I, 82 Not surprisingly, a major effort was made in to keep the story of the Gallipoli disaster off the front pages.
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