My National Anthem

If you have been to my blog before, you may have realized I am from “down-under” or the “Land of Oz”. I am not referring to some sexually transmitted disease nor to a particular “wizard”, but to Australia. (For my American friends, Australia is the big blob under south-east asia, not the place in Europe – that’s called Austria.)

There is no doubt that our national anthem “Advance Australia Fair” invokes national pride, but there has been discussion for some time about the lyrics, which come from a much earlier era and may mean little to the younger generations.

Most Australians know the first verse, very few know the “second” verse. Even fewer know that the “second” verse is actually the third verse and even fewer know that there are two more verses after that.

So, in order to educate you all, here is the complete lyrics to 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!”

When gallant Cook from Albion sail’d,
To trace wide oceans o’er,
True British courage bore him on,
Till he landed on our shore.
Then here he raised Old England’s flag,
The standard of the brave;
With all her faults we love her still,
“Brittannia rules the wave!”
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!”

While other nations of the globe
Behold us from afar,
We’ll rise to high renown and shine
Like our glorious southern star;
From England, Scotia, Erin’s Isle,
Who come our lot to share,
Let all combine with heart and hand
To advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing
“Advance Australia fair!”

Shou’d foreign foe e’er sight our coast,
Or dare a foot to land,
We’ll rouse to arms like sires of yore
To guard our native strand;
Brittannia then shall surely know,
Beyond wide ocean’s roll,
Her sons in fair Australia’s land
Still keep a British soul.
In joyful strains then let us sing
“Advance Australia fair!”

You may now realise why we dropped verses 2, 4 and 5!  Sorry Brittannia, but you lost us at the “Brisbane Line”.

And what would it be without an heart-felt rendition:

Warning: To Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, this video may contain images of people who have died.

Oh, and by the way, remove from your memory the vision of Qantas, as it is selling out Australia and moving to asia for the cheap labour.

Australians are also well known for “taking the piss”. That is, an irreverent look at themselves, as is shown below:



10 Responses to “My National Anthem”

  1. Did you remember all those verses Don or did you have to look them up?

    At least your national anthem is about the people and the land not about an outdated privileged system we have, a monarchy. God Save The Queen, as an atheist and republican I refuse to sing the words.


  2. Hi Bill,

    No, I had to look it up on Google. I doubt if anybody other than the publisher knew all the verses.


  3. Cheers Don from Cincinnati, Ohio for being able to see your anthem with a sense of humor. Meanwhile, I see another post I must visit.

  4. Roger Paulinich on October 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Don,

    Are you the Don Maisey that did the E&C certificate at North Sydney and Sydney tech colleges whilst employed by OTC? around 1972/73.

    Are you also the Don Maisey who, in company with another talented, good-looking guitar player, entertained the locals on Friday nights after tech at a pub in Railway Square for free beer?

    If so, keen to hear from you – email above.

  5. Hi Roger,

    I am that Don Maisey.

    I do remember playing guitar with a Roger Paulinich about 40 years ago, but I don’t remember any other talented, good-looking guitar player other than myself. 🙂

    Hey Roger, great to hear from you after all these years. I’ll email you direct.


  6. Don,
    I confess that I never heard the Australian national anthem before. It isn’t so bad as anthems go although the words seem stilted but no more so than ‘Oh Canada’. I go for the battle meme in ours but it is hellish hard to sing because nobody has the range except a pro. While listening I was wondering how pop musicians would mangle it with warbles and yelps at sporting events. Thought that might be what the second video was but it was much better. Rousing melody and you don’t even notice the words. Thanks for sharing.
    Just a thought. If you write a new one it could be about how Australia was settled by convicts. These days people would really relate.
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  7. Hi Ralph,

    Most “singers” mangle the national anthem at sporting events. I don’t know why they don’t just stick with a recorded orchestral version and let everybody sing (or hum as the case may be). We recently had Meatloaf out here and, fair dinkum, 20 million Australians immediately became vegitarian.


  8. My hat is off to Ozzies. We don’t even listen to Meatloaf anymore.
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  9. The only time I listen to Meatloaf is when it is sizzeling in the oven!


  10. You’ve got me on one of my subjects. As a lyricist, I started paying attention to the words of anthems. I must say that I’m appalled most of the time. I’ve got a selection of prize horrors here:

    They include: the infamous sixth verse of God Save the Queen where they thank her for “crushing” the “rebellious Scots” (not sung very often, that one). The Florida state song contains the lines,
    “Oh! darkies how my heart grows weary,
    Far from de old folks at home”

    Who can sing this stuff with a straight face?

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