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GUEST,Bruce, Melbourne Australia Australian/American songs: similarities (62* d) RE: Australian/American songs: similarities 20 Jun 02

According to John meredith & Hugh Anderson book "Folk songs of Australia and the Men and Women Who Sang Them" that Arther Buchanan and a Fred Sloane learn Waltzing Matilida well before Paterson was meant to have written it according to the Paterson-Macpherson legend.

What most people fail to remember that Paterson was a collector of "Old bush Songs" during that period and eventually published in 1905 a book titled "Old Bush Songs Composed and Sung in the Bushranging, Digging and Overlanding Days".

It is quite possible that Paterson heard the song, cleaned up and/or added to the words and was looking for a tune to go with it. what supprise me as someone who has read a lot of Paterson verse is that Waltzing Matilda isn't in a similar style.


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