'Lady Australia' A Yanks Impression by luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

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‘Lady Australia’ is my first collaboration.
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Waltzing Matilda

When I was a young man I carried my pack
And I lived the free life of a rover
From the Murrays green basin to the dusty outback
I waltzed my Matilda all over
Then in nineteen fifteen my country said Son
It’s time to stop rambling ‘cause there’s work to be
So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun
And they sent me away to the war
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we sailed away from the quay
And amidst all the tears and the shouts and the
We sailed off to Gallipoli

How well I remember that terrible day
the blood stained the sand and the water
And how in that hell that they called Suvla Bay
We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter
Johnny Turk he was ready, he primed himself well
He us with bullets, he rained us with
And in five minutes flat he’d blown us all to hell
Nearly blew us right back to Australia
But the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we stopped to bury our slain
And we buried ours and the Turks buried theirs
Then started all over again

Now those
In mad world of blood, death and fire
And for weeks I kept myself alive

Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over tit
And when I woke up in my hospital bed
And saw what it had done, I wished I was
Never knew there were worse things than dying
no more I’ll go waltzing Matilda
the green far and near
For to hump tent and pegs, a man needs two legs
No more waltzing Matilda for me

So they collected the cripples, the wounded
And they shipped us back home to Australia
, the blind insane
Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla
And as our ship pulled into Circular Quay
I looked at the place where legs used to be
And thank Christ there was nobody waiting for me
To grieve and to mourn and to pity
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
As they carried us down the gangway
But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared
turned all their faces away

And now every April I sit on my porch
And I watch the parade pass before me
my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reliving dreams of past glory

The forgotten heroes a forgotten war
And the young people ask , “What are they
Marching for?”
And I ask myself the same question
And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
And the old men answer to the call
But year after year their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
Who’ll a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Colorful, psychedelic, symbolic, jewelry, Lady Australia, yanks impression, bright, mask, gold, opals, multi-nationalities,
I am especially honored that this design has been featured six times. You have a Yank that thinks Australia, it’s people, and redbubble are pretty special. As you can tell I have been influenced by that dramatic sense of color that are a trademark of all the Australian artist that I have met on the web. I have put this design on a T-shirt now so you can not only look at it, you can wear it :-).
‘Lady Australia’ is my first collaboration. Eugenia Bacon of ‘Myslewis’ is my Australian friend. I have known and admired her for almost four years now. When I first got on the web at greeting card universe I had only been on the computer for a couple of months and she kindly took pity on me :-D, [ I was making one snafu after another ] she lead me through the trials of learning Photoshop, [ advantage of having an Australian friend, I work at night and she was up to answer my questions no mather how silly they were ]. I have always loved her work. She is the first to encourage me to explore color and here are the results. I hope you like it. I have used her line drawing, ‘Venetian Style Mask’, you can see it as a birthday card here on Redbubble.
When I was decorating this, the song ‘Waltzing Matilda" kept running through my head. I had always heard the upbeat versions. I was looking on You-Tube and found this version. I warn you this will tug your tear ducts, I hadn’t really listened to the words before.Please view the video, and remember when. The images are a very moving part of Australian history.

This is Eugenia’s ‘Venetian Style Mask’, I elongated it [an old fashion artist trick] then took quite a bit of liberty, but made sure I left the wonderful bones intact.

Mouse drawn and painted in photoshop 5.5. Windows ’98 plateform.




  • MelDavies
    MelDaviesover 5 years ago

    Love, love, love it.

  • Thanks Mel, I hope I caught some of the spirit of Australia, I just know it from friends, movies, and TV.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • Kseniya Beliaeva
    Kseniya Beliaevaover 5 years ago

    it is cool!

  • Thanks Kseniya, I had a ball with this.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesover 5 years ago

    Wow this is fantastic Art great job…….;)

  • Thanks, I’m still not the colorist you are but I’m trying:-)

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    This would make a great wall poster.

  • I’ve got it not for sale until I can run a reproduction color check on it. I put stuff on as cards at Greeting Card Universe, [ their color reproduction is excellent and pretty consistant ] I know if the reproduction is good there it should come out ok on Redbubble. Plus I’m a pensioner too, and there I can pay out of my earnings :-D.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 5 years ago

    Norval!!! Bravo, bravo!! It’s just beautiful. Your coloring is perfect. What a fine collaboration. Favorited big time.

  • Thank You, I worked my butt off on this, I wanted Eugenia to like it. She does, I afraid I let her down though, I couldn’t find a Greek band playing Waltzing Matilda.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • KristineNora
    KristineNoraover 5 years ago

    Just Beautiful…. !!!! Yank : ] lol I smile …k

  • Thank You, Eugenia calls me her Redneck Mate from Missouri :-D.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaover 5 years ago

    You have ARRIVED, my friend!
    Beautifully composed work of art!

    Smiles Leilani

  • Thank You, I just took a quick look at your site, you have a beautiful family. I will be back to take a tour.

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • KristineNora
    KristineNoraover 5 years ago

    LOL I went to College in the Show me state…. small world… I moved to England when I was 10… we were the only American’s in the school… I was called a Yank before I knew what one was lol :] k

  • Wow, My Son is going to school over in Kansas, the traitor:-D

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • KristineNora
    KristineNoraover 5 years ago

    I moved from Paris France… My father sent me to Stephens College it is a four-year, private women’s college in Columbia, Missouri. Educating young women since 1833 LOL … a bit of culture shock but I did learn the words to…..Up against the Wall Redneck mothers….by Jerry Jeff Walker LOL that was about it :] kris

  • I live over on the other side of Missouri, ‘Cottey an all girls two year school is about 30 miles away. Excellent art department. I wanted to take some classes there but they kinda insinuated I didn’t have the right equipment.————good song——-my wife Maries anthem :-D

    – luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast

  • KristineNora
    KristineNoraover 5 years ago

    No … he is where he is meant to be for now : p

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