SPIRIT OF MATILDA for a CHILD of '41
Waltzing Matilda ..... softly crooned, a lullaby
Babe gently sleeping, quite unaware
Of lonely vigils nightly kept
Silent tears a mother wept
For husband, for brother, for sons 'over there'.
Waltzing Matilda ..... brassy bands triumphantly
Welcome 'the boys' home, bright banners fly,
Little children shyly place
Kisses on a stranger's face
Fingering tear-stains, wondering 'Why?'.
Waltzing Matilda ..... chanted throughout childhood days
Many a poor swagman drowned dramatically!
Sing-a-longs - the versions
Aired on school excursions
Would have impressed 'the Banjo' with ingenuity!
Waltzing Matilda..... danced with us in shearing sheds
Dreamed by our camp-fire as twilight fell,
Marched on Anzac Day with pride
Mourned when an old digger died
Shouted a schooner at Clancy's Hotel.
Waltzing Matilda..... once again a lullaby
Grand-children gather at Grand-mother's knee ,
A special moment for us
Sharing the well loved chorus
To know we're Australians, to know we are free!