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Thread #45506   Message #673040
Posted By: GUEST,John Gray (at work )
20-Mar-02 - 09:33 PM
Thread Name: Politically incorrect national anthems
Subject: RE: Politically incorrect national anthems
Advance Australia Fair. What a joke for an anthem. It works better than mogadons on me. Don't even know the words - not going to learn them - don't even stand when its played.
I've done numerous straw polls with young people, 16-25 years old, asking them if they know the meaning of these lyrics ; advance Australia fair, girt by sea and, in joyful strains. About one in ten can give me a half reasonable answer. So, what's the point in having it as an anthem when the majority of the people don't even know what the lyrics mean. I reckon, in joyful strains, means being told you've won the lottery whilst you're badly constipated.
Yes, Waltzing Matilda would be much better or even I Am Australian, a song written by Bruce Woodley, ex Seekers fame. A great tune with great lyrics, maybe someone with the requisite equipment can post it.