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Thread #45506   Message #672847
Posted By: Helen
20-Mar-02 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: Politically incorrect national anthems
Subject: Lyr Add: ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR
The first line of the Oz anthem which was introduced in 1974 to replace God Save the Queen (I'm sure Quentin Crisp would have been the only person on the planet sorry to hear about that!) was changed from "Australia's sons" to "Australians all".

The main trouble with this song is that it is hard to sing. According to the official government site where I found the lyrics - because I don't know the words past the first 2 lines, because we sang it as an oddity when I was at school, and no-one knows the words unless they are paid to sing them at the footy or something - extensive research was done and this one was the clear cut winner. Well, it *can* sound good when a real singer sings it, but...

Also, it's an embarrassment reading these two lines given the illegal immigrant detention centre & Tampa affair scandals.

For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;

Helen

ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.


Advance Australia Fair http://www.pm.gov.au/aust_focus/nat_symbols/anthem.htm