The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, The Poques, Rum Sodomy and the Lash, 1985
This is one of about ten million versions of this song; it’s been covered by Joan Baez, the Dubliners, and many others, but this is the most famous version. It’s an antiwar song, specifically dealing with the brutal Battle of Gallipoli during the first world war. Although the narrator is an Australian, it was written by the Scottish Eric Bogle. In fact it fits very well into the Celtic music tradition. Ever notice how many Celtic ballads begin with the words ‘When I was a young man’ and then recount his adventures up until death’s very door? It’s like that. Only less boring than usual.