Eric Bogle is a folk singer-songwriter. He was born in Peebles, Scotland in 1944 and emigrated to Australia in 1969. He currently resides near Adelaide, South Australia.

Bogle's songs cover a wide range of subjects and themes, including comedic songs (e.g. "The Aussie Bar-B-Q"), satires (e.g. "I Hate Wogs"), protest songs and serious songs about the human condition such as "Now I'm Easy". His most famous songs are "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", written in 1971, which tells of the ANZAC experience fighting in the Battle of Gallipoli, and "No Man's Land", which is also World War I-themed. "No Man's Land" is commonly known as "The Green Fields of France", a title it was first given by The Fureys, and which has subsequently been used in many further cover versions.

Many of Bogle's songs have been covered by other artists; including John Schumann, June Tabor, The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, John [=McDermott=], Liam Clancy, MikeHarding, ThePogues, Robert Lawrence, De Dannan, Dropkick Murphys, The Corries, BillyBragg, The Bushwackers, Slim Dusty and John Williamson.
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!!Tropes used in Eric Bogle's work include:

* TheAllegedCar: The kombi van in "Eric and the Informers"
* AntiChristmasSong: "Santa Bloody Claus"
* AnArmAndALeg: In "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", the narrator loses his legs in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
-->For I'll go no more waltzing Matilda,\\
All around the green bush far and free\\
To hump tent and pegs, a man needs both legs\\
No more waltzing Matilda for me.
* BerserkButton: "Do You Sing Any Dylan?"
* DearNegativeReader: Parodied in "Bloody Rotten Audience"
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: "Daniel Smiling"
* EmbarrassingNickname: According to "Introduction Song", the members of the band's nicknames are 'Wee Short-Arse' (Eric), 'Garbage Guts' (Brent) and 'Old Dogs Balls' (Andy).
* FateWorseThanDeath: In "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", the narrator regards losing his leg as this.
-->Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,\\
And when I woke up in my hospital bed,\\
And saw what it had done, well I wished I was dead.\\
Never knew there was worse things than dyin'.
* FilkSong: "Beam Me Up, Scotty!"
* FoodSongsAreFunny: "Aussie Bar-B-Q" and "Great Aussie Take-Away"
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: Bogle traditionally introduces himself in song at the start of a concert. One of the introduction songs goes:
-->My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck,
-->Call me Ricky and I'll break your neck,
-->If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do,
-->But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you.
* GratuitousFrench / GratuitousGerman: "Flying Finger Filler"
* HeavyMeta:
** "Do You Sing Any Dylan?", about the request a singer-songwriter ''doesn't'' want to hear.
** "Plastic Paddy" about mock-Irish folk songs, done in the style of a mock-Irish folk song.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: "Goodbye Lucky Country":
-->The beer still tastes like glue
** "The Aussie Bar-B-Q"
-->Where the snags[[note]]sausages[[/note]] all taste like fried toothpaste
* KillThePoor: "Mirrors" is about death squads of policemen being paid by businessmen to kill the street kids of Rio's slums.
* MysteryMeat: "The Great Aussie Takeaway"
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "Do You Know Any Dylan?" has him react to the titular question
-->And I usually reply\\
In my own quiet way\\
With a totally indecent suggestion
* OutWithABang: "Little Gomez" is about a randy Chihuahua that is crushed to death while attempting to consumate a liaison with a Saint Bernard.
* TheRealHeroes: "Our National Pride"
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "Keeper of the Flame"
* RoguishPoacher: "Poachers Moon" is about the traditional Scottish pastime of poaching salmon from the laird's stream.
* SingerNameDrop: Eric introduces himself in song at the start of his concerts. One version goes:
-->My name is Eric, some folk call me Eck,
-->[[BerserkButton Call me Ricky and I'll break your neck]],
-->If you're feeling formal, Mr Bogle will do,
-->But to my friends it's Eric, and I hope that means you.
* SomethingBlues: "Short White Blues"
* SophisticatedAsHell: "Introduction Song"
-->Well I wrote all the songs for tonight's extravaganza,
-->So there's a touch of class in every line of every stanza.
-->When I'm not writing songs, I hang around doing bugger all
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion
** "Plastic Paddy":
-->"When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "The Mountains of Mourne"
-->In his search for Celtic chiché, the man has left no stone unturned
-->'Til he embarks upon the harp that once through terraced halls
-->Accompanying himself on the Bodhrán, which takes a lot of... courage.
** "World Cup Fever":
-->And when some stupid damn committee gave the match to Melbourne City
-->Though it made us all feel quite... annoyed, we didn't cause a fuss.
* ThriftyScot: Eric often uses this stereotype about himself, usually at the expense of other band members.
* TroubledAbuser: Discussed in "Daniel Smiling".
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: "My Youngest Son Came Home Today"
* TheUnintelligible: "Do You Sing Any Dylan?"
* UranusIsShowing: "Eric and the Informers"
* WarIsHell
* WasItReallyWorthIt: "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", "No Man's Land"
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