Banjo Paterson







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 16, 2014
Categories: General News

Banjo Paterson Waltzing Matilda

Banjo-Paterson

Today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to quite an important Australian Author, Poet and Journalist. I am not an Australian but I know quite a lot about Banjo Paterson. I first "met him" when I was still in School and remember singing Waltzing Matilda, to this day Waltzing Matilda is still one of my all-time favorite songs. I hope that Google will make this an international Google Doodle and not only one for Australia.

Right after school I took a one year working holiday to Israel and Europe where I met an Australian Dave, he loved to sing Waltzing Matilda, and also introduced me for the first time to the full version of the song, which I loved even more.

Who was Banjo Paterson?

He was born near Orange, New South Wales when Australia were still part of the British Empire on the 17th of February 1864 and passed away in Sydney Australia at the age of 76. He is most remembered for his Poems like “The man from Snowy River”, “Clancy of the Overflow” and my favorite “Waltzing Matilda”.

His poems and literature works focused mainly on the rural and outback areas of Australia like Binalong in New South Wales.

The man from Snowy River by Banjo Paterson

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Statue of The Man from Snowy River at Corryong, Victoria

The poem tells the story of a price horse who have run wild, and a man who set his eyes on the horse, and the courage to eventually capture and tame the horse. You can read “The Man from Snowy River” Poem by Banjo Paterson on the Wikipedia site at

The Man from Snowy River

. The Google Doodle today February 17, 2014 portrays the poem in a beautiful way showing The man from Snowy River chasing down a steep hill after the wild horses.

The poem by Banjo Paterson have also been made into a movie (Also one of my all-time favorite old movies) - A man from Snowy river.

I have been able to find a YouTube clip of the movie, and particularly the scene that is mostly about the poem by Banjo Paterson.

https://youtu.be/OPsoa_AauU8

Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda

I doubt there is anyone in the world who does not know Waltzing Matilda of haven't heard the song, but just incase I have added the Video by Slim Dusty - Waltzing Matilda below.

Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most widely known bush ballad. A folk song, the song has been referred to as "the unofficial national anthem of Australia"

Waltzing Matilda Lyrics

There are no "official" lyrics to "Waltzing Matilda" and slight variations can be found in different sources. This version incorporates the famous "You'll never catch me alive said he" variation introduced by the Billy Tea company Paterson's original lyrics referred to "drowning himself 'neath the coolibah tree".

Waltzing Matilda

The original manuscript of "Waltzing Matilda", transcribed by Christina Macpherson c. 1895.

"Waltzing Matilda"

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Tune for "Waltzing Matilda"

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Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong

Under the shade of a coolibah tree,

And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:

"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

 

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me

And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

 

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong.

Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.

And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

 

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",

And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

 

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred.

Down came the troopers, one, two, and three.

"Whose[N 1] is that [N 2] jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

 

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",

"Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?

You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me."

 

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.

"You'll never take me alive!" said he

And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:

"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

 

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda

"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me",

And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:

"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?"

Banjo Paterson Rocks!

As Australians and Google Celebrates this legend of a "Banjo Paterson" today, we here at 3D Car Shows celebrates with you! Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me!