Bring back Waltzing Matilda

In the past 18 hours or so I have been pondering a lot about my beloved Wallabies and how we have gotten to where we are in 2012.  No, I’m not going to talk about the game last night as we all know how I feel about that, instead I’m going to talk about what I think is missing from today’s game.

It’s a vital part of Australian rugby history. Something that stirred the spirit of not only the spectator but also the players on the field. Something that annoyed our opposition and created a challenge (albeit not as good) to the Haka.

Yes I’m talking about Australia’s unofficial anthem, Waltzing Matilda!

For a long as I can remember, Waltzing Matilda was played at every Wallabies match. For years, this was part of the Australian rugby psyche and created a great atmosphere at the game.

Whether you love or hate the song, it resonates with Australians and does affect what happens on the field.

Former captain and Wallabies legend John Eales famously remarked on how it affected a vital Bledisloe Cup match in 1998. Australian supporters in the Christchurch crowd broke out into a spontaneous rendition of Waltzing Matilda with just 20 minutes to go in the match.

“It was a special moment. The crowd just suddenly started singing Waltzing Matilda. We just identified with it,” Eales said.

Australia won the match and brought home the cup for the first time in four years.

So what happened and why aren’t we singing it anymore?

The IRB controversially banned the song from being played during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, much to the outrage of all Australians, including the Prime Minister at the time. 

Sure we showed the IRB you couldn’t tell us Aussies what to do by singing the song at every opportunity during the tournament but since then it has faded away to a distant memory.

So what? I’m sure some of you are saying.  Well I truly believe this is something we need to rectify immediately.

Never before have our boys in Green and Gold needed our support than they do now! We have an opportunity to bring back Waltzing Matilda and what better place to do it than at Suncorp, where we beat the All Blacks last year to win our first Tri-Nations in 10 years.

I’m putting the call out and asking the ARU to play Waltzing Matilda over the loud speakers after the anthems have been sung.

I’m asking that everyone who attends the game on Saturday night gets behing the team and sings Waltzing Matilda like you did when you were a kid and loved it. 

I’m asking you to get behind the ONE TEAM motto and re-ignite our Wallabies tradition!

Are you with me?

Waltzing Matilda Lyrics

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 boilYou’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 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.

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 thorough-bred
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.

Waltzing Matilda Waltzing Matilda
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
Whose that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker-bag
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

………………….

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.

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.

About Irene Watt

Irene Watt is a rugby fanatic and marketing expert. Having played the game herself, she understands the passion that drives rugby players and enthusiasts alike. She has travelled the world and catches a game live whenever possible. Her favourite all time player is George Smith. Follow Irene on Twitter!

Comments

  1. Alicia Maher says:

    AND IF YOUR GOING TO DO IT(WHICH WE SHOULD) JOHN WILLIAMSON MUST SING IT!!! MUST!!!!

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