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THE WAR

When I was a young man I carried my pack,
And I lived the free life of a rover,
From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback,
I waltzed my Matilda all over,
Then in 1915 my country said "Son,
it's time to stop rambling for there's work to be done."
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun,
And they sent me away to the war.
And the band played "Waltzing Matilda",

As we sailed away from the quay,
And amidst all the tears and the shouts and the cheers,
We sailed off for Gallipoli.
How well I remember that terrible day,

When the blood stained the sand and the water,
And how in that hell that they call Suvla Bay,
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter,
Johnnie Turk, he was ready, he'd primed himself well,
He showered us with bullets and he rained us with shells,
And in five minutes flat he'd blown us all to hell,
Nearly blew us right back to Australia.
And the band played "Waltzing Matilda",

As we stopped to bury our slain,
And we buried ours and the Turks buried theirs,
And it started all over again.
Now those who were living did our best to survive,

In that mad world of death, blood and fire,
And for seven long weeks I kept myself alive,
Though the corpses around me piled higher,
Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over tit,
And when I awoke in my hospital bed,
And saw what it had done, Christ, I wished I was dead,
Never knew there were worse things than dying.
And no more I'll go "Waltzing Matilda",

To the green bushes so far and near,
For to hang tents and pegs,
A man needs two legs,
No more waltzing matilda for me.

AND PEACE

All we are saying is GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!

  • Last visit to Gallipoli: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Aug 26, 2004
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  • Lion_Beat's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    thank you Lizzie for your notice, I wasn't aware of that... I'll have to change it then.

  • Oct 9, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Your photograph..'Australian Soldier's in Gallipoli' bottom left on page 7 is actually the Irish Fusiliers in a communication trench, waiting to go into the front line on the Somme in France 1916

  • CdnJane's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 6:07 AM

    Not being Aussie, Kiwi or Turk, my knowledge of Gallipoli has been very slow developing. This is sad as my Scottish great-grandfather was involved in the battles there, and was bayonetted, although he died years later due to those injuries.

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