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Oh! there once was a swagman camped in the Billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolabah tree;
And he sang as he looked at his old billy boiling,
‘Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?’
This famous ballad of the outback wanderer who drowns himself rather than lose his freedom needs no introduction. There is no swagman as legendary as the tragic hero of this tale; and there is no Australian song as well-known throughout the world.
Here, the famous ballad is given new depth and perpective. Talented illustrator Freya Blackwood has explored the intriguing background behind the writing fo this song and has shown us not just the lively story of a proud outback larrikin, but also a glimpse into the clashes and struggles that were so formative of Australian history at the turn of the century.
Includes bonus CD recorded by John Williamson.