This is rightly a song for the memorial of the Gallipoli Campaign, but this Armistice Day, I offer it here as a memorial for the end of the War to End All Wars.



4 thoughts on “Remember?

  1. What is the significance of the song, “Waltzing Matilda”? You always take the time to think about or celebrate or take a moment of silence for pretty commonly forgotten things/events/holidays. This post and the fact that you are this way resonates with me deeply.

    • Waltzing Matilda is an Australian folk song about a migrant worker cough stealing a sheep. Rather than go to jail kills himself. It is a well loved song, and Australia’s unofficial national anthem. You can hear it is sung or played at many civic events, concerts, and parades. The song And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda takes a very specifically Australian point of view on World War I, and most especially the battle at Galipoli.

      Although I do take the day to remember those who died in the Great War, I posted this song, rather than a song like Over There, as both a remembrance and an acknowledgement of the horrors of war. It is clearly an anti-war song.

      Waltzing Matilda may be the most popular and well known Australian folk song, but my personal favorite is Click Go the Sheers: a sheep sheering song. Interestingly enough it has been speculated, and widely accepted, that Waltzing Matilda is a response to the Great Sheerers’ Strike of 1895.

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