The national Anthem debate

Every Australia Day there comes the debate regarding changing our Flag, National Anthem, Etc

I for one hate our National Anthem, ” Advance Australia Fair” it does not represent who we are as a nation or where we have come from.

The following  is the lyrics to a song called “We are Australian” it has been suggested that this could be our National Anthem for a number of years now.  The song shows where we came from and the diversity of this country from the original owners, the Aborigines to our convict past.

This song provokes more emotion that Advance Australia Fair and should be our Anthem.

I would love to hear some more thoughts on this.

I came from the dream-time, from the dusty red soil plains
I am the ancient heart, the keeper of the flame.
I stood upon the rocky shore, I watched the tall ships come.
For forty thousand years I’ve been the first Australian.

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I came upon the prison ship, bowed down by iron chains.
I cleared the land, endured the lash and waited for the rains.
I’m a settler, I’m a farmer’s wife on a dry and barren run
A convict then a free man, I became Australian.

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I’m the daughter of a digger who sought the mother lode
The girl became a woman on the long and dusty road
I’m a child of the depression, I saw the good times come
I’m a bushy, I’m a battler, I am Australian

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I’m a teller of stories, I’m a singer of songs
I am Albert Namatjira, I paint the ghostly gums
I am Clancy on his horse, I’m Ned Kelly on the run
I’m the one who waltzed Matilda, I am Australian

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

There are no words of comfort that can hope to ease the pain
Of losing homes and loved ones the memories will remain
Within the silent tears you’ll find the strength to carry on
You’re not alone, we are with you. We are Australian!

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

There are so many heroes whose stories must be told
They fought the raging fires of hell and saved so many souls
From the ashes of despair our towns will rise again!
We mourn your loss, we will rebuild. We are Australian!

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian

I’m the hot wind from the desert, I’m the black soil of the plains
I’m the mountains and the valleys, I’m the drought and flooding rains
I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run
The spirit of this great land, I am Australian

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian
I am, you are, we are Australian!

We are one ….. We are many ….. We are Australian

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8 responses to “The national Anthem debate

  1. I completely agree with you. Advance Australia Fair does not reflect our country today or our origins, no one knows all the words, many don’t even understand it, and it’s difficult to sing. I think you’ve chosen the perfect alternative. I don’t know who wrote We Are Australian, but I have heard the song many times – it’s easy to sing along with, you can remember most of the words, its sounds great, and it represents what Australia is today and where we’ve come from. Thumbs up for your post! Happy Australia Day!

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