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And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Widely recognized as one of the finest anti-war songs ever written, this masterpiece by Eric Bogle was composed in 1971, after Bogle emigrated from Scotland to Australia, where he has since become a much-loved entertainer on the folk circuit. It first came to prominence in Ireland through a recording by The Fureys and has gone on to be featured by Joan Baez and others. It takes its place alongside Eric's song The Green Fields of France.

This song is about the ANZAC landings on the Gallipoli shore, in Turkey, in 1915.

And here is the great man performing this heart-breaking song.


At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon

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