Peter Williams says this song should be compulsory Anzac Day listening:
There’s a song that should be compulsory listening before ANZAC Day on Saturday.
“And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” was written by Scottish born Adelaide singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971.
That was a time when attendances at ANZAC Day Dawn Parades were sparse.
A time when – because of the Vietnam conflict – young people especially didn’t want to remember wars and those who fought in them.
A time when there was a real possibility that the annual remembrance of Gallipoli would fade away a long, long time before a centenary commemoration.
So in keeping with the times, Bogle wrote lyrics highlighting the horrors of Gallipoli and in the process emerged with some of the most damning and haunting words ever written about war and its after effects. . .