Waltzing Matilda - Ukulele chords

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25 Jan 2011

Waltzing Matilda - Ukulele chords

A fabulous traditional tune, credited to Banjo Paterson, and now something of an unofficial Aussie national anthem - Waltzing Matilda for the ukulele.

Get your practice in - it's Australia Day tomorrow - Best wishes to all those uke playing friends down under.


WALTZING MATILDA



C                       G          F
Once a jolly swagman camped beside a billabong
C                                 G
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
C           G              C                   F
And he sang as he watched and waited 'till his billy boiled,
C                    G                   C
"You'll come a waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Chorus:
C                               F
"Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda,
C                            G
You'll come a waltzing, Matilda, with me."
C             G                C                 F
And he sang as he watched and waited 'till his billy boiled,
C                    G                   C
"You'll come a waltzing, Ma tilda, with me."

Down came a jumpbuck to drink at the billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he stowed that jumpbuck in his tucker bag,
"You'll come a waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Chorus.

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three.
"Where's that jolly jumpbuck you've got in your tucker bag?
You'll come a waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Chorus.

Up jumped the swagman, sprang into the billabong,
"You'll never catch me alive," said he.
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Chorus.

7 comments :

  1. This is probably my fault, but I wish I could actually see were the chord changes are.

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    1. This type layout is easy to get messed up. That has happened here in the third line. Actually, the first C should be where the G is. The G where the second C is. The second C where the F is. The F over "billy". Try that and you will like this song much better.

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  2. Thanks Mate. Have been looking for this.

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  3. Been looking all over for this. Thank u😁

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  4. If you're having trouble with the timing, just count beats. Try strumming this many count for each chord:
    Verses:
    Cx2 Gx2 Fx4
    Cx4 Gx4
    Cx2 Gx2 Cx2 Fx2
    Cx4 Gx2 Cx2

    Chorus:
    Cx4 Fx4
    Cx4 Gx4
    Cx2 Gx2 Cx2 Fx2
    Cx4 Gx2 Cx2

    The timing of the changes is the only tricky bit, and it's what makes it sound so nice. If you get the timing right and you know the song timing the chord changes with the words should fall into place. Cheers!

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  5. i am 83 this is a very simple way to learn thank you as i find i very hard to learn

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