Waltzing Matilda

Australian bush ballade

On a poem by Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson, Waltzing Matilda tells the story of a swagman who travels with his few belongings wrapped in a blanket. The title, literally “dancing the waltz with Matilda,” in this case means to travel with his swag, affectionately called with that woman’s name.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi.


Slim Dusty

Waltzing Matilda (1998)