Friday, September 08, 2006

Waltzing Matilda

Today a cover from Australia. I like this cover because of the strip of five stamps. It is a set of stamps issued in 1980 related to Australian folklore. The stamps illustrate the song “Waltzing Matilda” a very popular song in Australia, which is even sometimes considered as a unofficial anthem. It tells the story of a swagman who catches a sheep near a lake. To escape the police he jumps in the lake and gets drawn. After that his ghost haunts the lake. I know quite well this song because it is played at each international rugby test match that is held in Australia. This is always very nice to see tens of thousands of people, singing all together this song, before the kick off of the match. In 2003, I was in Sydney for the final of the rugby world cup and I remember that the lyrics of the song was printed on the back side of the train tickets you had to use to go to the stadium ! I don’t know if this song is played for all sports or only for rugby. If you want to know everything about this song check the site Who’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me ?
Just to be complete, some words about the other stamps : the one on the left is part of the Christmas issue of 1987. The one with the crab belongs to the definitive set of 1973. And the one with the butterfly (unfortunately the stamp is torn) belongs to the Nature of Australia set of 2004.

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