an Australian expatriate in France
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Joan Baez sings an Australian song
The ballad entitled And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda was written in 1971 by Eric Bogle, a Scotsman who had emigrated to Australia in 1969. I heard it soon after, and often used to sing it, late of an evening, accompanying myself on the guitar, at Le Petit Gavroche in the Marais district of Paris. The Joan Baez version dates from 2008.
The haunting female voice is surprising in the case of a soldier's song, like certain illustrations in the video, but the overall result is impressive.