Erasure

Waltzing Matilda
a poem by A B Paterson, adapted to downplay ‘the Labor side’ and other unacceptable parts of Australia’s history

‘I don’t believe in handing over responsibility for government policy to third parties,’ Mr Pyne said. ‘The Westminster system of government requires ministers to take a hands-on approach to matters within their portfolio. … Mr Pyne said the national history curriculum played down ‘the non-Labor side of our history’ despite the Coalition governing for two-thirds of the past 60 years. Sydney Morning Herald 27 September 2013

Oncea jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil,
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

Chorus:
Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil
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.

(Chorus)

Up rode the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred
Down came the troopers One Two Three
Whose that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

(Chorus)

Up jumped the swagman sprang in to the billabong
You’ll never catch me alive said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me

Chorus:
Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

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