The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Eric Bogle

Eric Bogle was able to write a song that encompassed my conflicting feelings about soldiers and war. My father served in both World Wars. I am well aware of the great sacrifice men and women make in serving this country and feel indebted. I don't think that such sacrifice should so often be called for.

This song probably influenced me in the writing of 'The Battle of the Somme' found elsewhere on this site under the 'Wanderer' section. I may have unwittingly made some alterations to tune and text as I learnt this aurally and second hand as is the common practice in folk culture.

GUITAR: Graham Seal
BASS: Eric Gyors