And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle

Title:
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle
Category:
NFSA ID:
82399
Year:
1971
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This iconic anti-war ballad was created by Australian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle, as an oblique response to the Vietnam War. Ostensibly about Gallipoli, it was intended as a veiled attack on Australian participation in Vietnam, which Bogle opposed. The song has gone on to be covered by numerous domestic and international musicians, and become Bogle’s most recognised track. In 1986 it was given a Gold Award by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), and in May 2001 APRA named it one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.

 

Composer and performer:
Eric Bogle