And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (in French “And the band played Waltzing Matilda “) is a song by songwriter Australian original Scottish Eric Bogle 1971 1 , 2 . The song describes the war as futile and cruel, and criticizes those who glorify it. What is illustrated in the song by the story of a young Australian soldier from ANZAC engaged in the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War .

The song would also be an allegory of the Vietnam War , which took place at the time of his writing 1 .

The song incorporates part of the melody and some lines of text from Waltzing Matilda into his finale. Many times of the song were recorded, and in particular by The Pogues in 1985on their album Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash .

The song is regularly quoted for its evocation of the Gallipoli campaign. The hero of the song, a roving laborer before the war, loses his legs during the battle and sees the other veterans disappear little by little, while younger generations become indifferent to the veterans and their fate.

In May 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association , as part of celebrations of its 75 th anniversary, appointed And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda as one of the top 30 Australian songs of all time 3 .

There is a French version of this song, dating from 2014, played by the duo Ambages 4