I am an Australian poet, writer, blogger, psychologist, wife, mother of two children, autism and environmental advocate, and mad animal lover
Eric Bogle, Eric Bogle The Band Played Walzing Matilda, THe Band Played Walzing Matilda, war
July 6, 2012 at 9:22 am
Such a sad song…but true of some many lives around the world.
July 6, 2012 at 9:53 am
It is incredibly sad Charles and the song tells such a moving story because of all the little details (which make up an individual’s life) that the writer includes. What makes it even more poignant to me is that these young men often joined the forces to have an adventure and the ones that went to Gallipoli (for most it was there first real taste of fighting) were killed on the first day – those boys didn’t have a clue what war was really about.
July 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm
Now we’re really getting into it re. the war songs, Gabe. I sang this at a school assembly when I was in Year 10. Everyone in the crowd cried. It is an incredibly moving song to hear but also to perform. I was quite emotional afterwards. It was the first time I really understood what war did to people – the sadness of it. This song means a lot to me. Thanks for posting it!
July 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm
My Mum loved Eric Bogle – great lyricist and musician – it is such a sad song. You must have come to Australia when you were pretty young Selma!
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