and the band played waltzing matildaPosted: August 19, 2012
Rugby players sing. After a match the teams would tip a beer or two and sing. Some songs ribald, but I always loved the ballads. One, “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda”, the heart breaking story of a young Australian at Gallipoli in World War One always touched me. So I steal a line from this most poignant of songs and I go to the way back…
All my old comrades how proudly they marched,
renewing their dreams of past glory.
A version of the song close to what we used to sing is here…, If you can find the Priscilla Herdman rendition, it is the best I have heard.