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Someday is today

But the band plays "Waltzing Matilda,"
And the old men still answer the call,
But as year follows year, more old men disappear
Someday, no one will march there at all.

Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the billabong,
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?

Update: the someday in the song was actually three years ago.



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Oct. 18th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Song always makes me cry.
Oct. 19th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
Funny you should mention it...
Could have sworn I saw a news story today claiming a 106 year old Aussie vet died recently.
Oct. 19th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: Funny you should mention it...
oops. Shoulda checked all the links (doh!)
Oct. 19th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
The best version of that which I've heard, was by Eric Bogle, but then, he wrote it.

Somewhere else in the song:
So they gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed,
And they shipped us back home to Australia.
The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane,
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla.
And as our ship sailed into Circular Quay,
I looked at the place where me legs used to be,
And thanked Christ there was nobody waiting for me,
To grieve, to mourn and to pity.
About on the same level, is Redgum's I was only 19 which applies the "ANZAC spirit" to Vietnam.

I'm always in two minds about ANZAC Day. Yes, it's good to honour the sacrifice that these soldiers and service people have made, but I think it also plays into the continuance and bloody-mindedness of war as well.
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