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Below the fold, you can listen to the best performance of Waltzing Matilda ever, though with the lyrics (except for the chorus) reworked into another song, ‘Tom Traubert’s blues’ by none other than … Tom Waits.


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Written by Admin

November 4, 2006 at 9:18 pm

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  1. Tom does a great version of this on the famous March 1979 Sydney Concert – the best live bootleg of Tom’s ever : “Cold Beer On A Hot Night”

    The intro on that CD:
    “I kinda borrowed your unofficial national anthem on this whole thing. I’ll give it back when I’m done. I met this girl named Matilda, you know. And I had a little too much to drink that night. So this is about throwing up in a foreign country.”

    It’s rumoured to have been video taped for TV at the time – but no one I know has tracked it down.

    Francis X Holden

    November 5, 2006 at 2:41 pm

  2. That is genius, it always makes my mother cry.

    On a very much lighter note:

    Love the Hitchcock references too.

    Daniel Barnes

    November 5, 2006 at 2:43 pm

  3. My recollection was that he performed on the Paul Hogan show.

    Saw Waits at Mayn Hall University of Queensland in 1979. He drew back a golly that would have filled a bucket, slagged it onto the floor. Looked out the glass wall at the kids outside and muttered
    I’m in fuckin’ terrerium” and played brilliantly.

    .50cal

    November 6, 2006 at 7:52 am


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