"Waltzing Matilda"

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  1. AL MOUNT

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  2. jack404

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    thers been a few arguments over this one over time

    it would be impossible to count how many US folkks come here and tell us about thers song and how we in Australia stole it

    just one of many things patented in the US that we have to pay for now

    as our patents and copyrights are never recognised by the US

    thers another version out there goings like this

    once a jolly lawyer
    from somewhre near the rio grand
    came to Australia to see what he could steal

    when he saw it was a honest place
    he stole the soul and heart of it
    and put it up for saaaale

    the rest gets a bit rude after that

    but its common that US companies patent stuff and names like billabong
    kangaroo, outback, so we have to pay fee's to use them

    we even had to pay to use the term "sydney olympics" to a lawyer in chigago who worked for Oprah as he registered it before we where allowed too by ICAN and as cases from australia aint heard in the US except if we go there thers little many companies here can do

    the US treats the taliban better in many ways

    and try being a Aussie getting a visa

    you have a easier time if your from somailia
    but hey thats politics and business
  3. AL MOUNT

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    Jack,

    Many Americans forget that there was a contiegent of Aussies

    in Vietnam helping us fight those little buggars.

    I remind people of that every chance I get... :)


    May the Meat ants devour everyone of yer Cane Toad tadpoles.....:D
  4. jack404

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    Al i'da been in the main force myself if i was a tad older then

    did not get to "play" until '74

    but hey this aint the US people, we know ( or most do)

    its business's and such

    like George W and our "Free trade" deal

    we cant send you meat or anythiung really but US companies can come here grow thier own send it to the US as Australian Prime and then go broke every few years and not pay taxes here but clain tax credits in the US

    they are ripping you folks off as much as they rip us off here

    we have oil and gas here

    just we have to sell it to the US wholesale then buy it back retail

    free trade allright free for george and his mates

    they sit back laughing while 30 Million of thier own get put out of work and pay higher gas prices while the actual wholesale is going down via free trade just the middle men margins get bigger every year and we know who the middle man are

    one day we'll get parity

    until then theres a whole bunch of aussie still happy to host your visiting sailors and marines

    i'm one and theres plenty of others

    we remember the pacific in 43 44 and 45

    so dont stress about the VN or business issues

    we signed on for the long haul with the US people

    not big business or politicians

    cheers

    jack
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    "did not originate in America"? Who in the world would think this song is American?

    A "swagman" by a "billabong", waiting for his "billie" to boil, carrying a "tucker bag", putting a "jumpbuck" in it, and being caught by the "stockman"? Oh yeah, those are all American terms. :p First time I heard that song, I had to get out a dictionary to figger out what they were talking about.:D
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    i watched a thing on the travel channel once about the ever growing population of roos in the land down under and something about changing the theme of their theme from waltzing to roasting... mmmmm, roo burgers;)
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    Don't know much about Australia but I always wanted to see Ayers Rock. Kangaroo meat is good on pizza and I got drunk in Honk Kong during a break from the party in South East Asia with an Irish merchant marine and an Australian sailor from the HMAS Hobart. Their sense of humor and capacity for Guinness was impressive and their hospitality were much appreciated at the time. I just wish I remembered the last half of the evening.
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    well if any of you get down this way i have 5 acres in Soujtn Australia that backs onto 1.5 Million acres of good hunting land thers a shack and water and a wood stove

    here the veiw to the south over with Adelaide city in the distance

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    you all most welcome anytime

    cheers

    jack
  9. Lee C.

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    Jack if you ever get the time to put up some more pictures of Australia. I sure would like to see them. My dad told me a long time ago I should go there as it was a hunters paradise. He fought in australia in WWII in the army he really liked it over there. Life is way to dam short you know it.
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    Lee, on the way

    i've pic's of my last "walkabout" with some aboridginal mates

    cheers jack
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    Love the song and melody.

    I have heard some rousing versions and melancholy versions in the movies. Simply beautiful no mater how it is presented. Here Dixie works the same way.
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    A shack, water, and a wood stove.
    A good man can bring anything else that he needs on his back and shoulders. Assuming the "guv'mint" lets him.
    I want to go "there" for a while, sometime.
    Even though I grew up in something like it. Different critters, you see.

    Jack, I'd like to see the Aboriginals too. I know from (uncomfortable) personal experience that the "Abo's" aren't always looked upon with admiration by the typical Australian "Whitefella." I ain't got that problem. Those guys know good stuff.
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    When I first learned the song in school we were told it was an Australian song.

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