🙂. It does make me wonder what place the Australian national anthem has in our country. Sure, practically all of us knew Malay but not all of us were that fluent and sometimes mumbled the pledge. Required fields are marked *. Thank you for that link to O Canada. Aboriginals, we can't rejoice for we are not quite free, Those golden soils that once were ours now prohibited to you and me. Recently they even tried to play the national anthem in the cinemas right before a movie starts. Advance Australia fair replaced its predecessor God Save the Queen in an attempt to switch to a more uniquely Australian representation of our culture. The tune of a gentlemen’s club – what an interesting fact about your national anthem. I think in many ways we still don’t. It’s not “Waltzing Matilda,” but everyone thinks it is.” So I appreciate the chance to find out more about “Advance Australia Fair.” (Also, you should definitely cut your dad some slack, because he was not the only one mistaken.). But it seems that there is an anthem for each region as you said, so sort of something for everyone. You do sound like a very proud Canadian, Jean. Who is the mature thinker in all of this clatter? Would love to experience one of your baseball games someday. Always happy to see you drop by, Anna. From shore to shore forever more, advance Australia fair. Up until this day I still remember the lyrics of both songs and the meaning behind them – Bahasa Melayu lyrics nonetheless, a language foreign to me. That is so interesting to hear that some of your Australian colleagues aren’t familiar with the Aussie anthem. All I know that the Queen’s Birthday is a rather big occasion over there and the monarchy is representative of the country. Here are the original five verses of Advance Australia Fair. The one that we use as our national anthem (Ja, vi elsker dette landet) is not, and has never been, the official national anthem. I think it is the ambiguity that enables even those Americans who loathe their country’s current foreign or domestic policy to keep singing: “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/ I’m guessing some Scottish aren’t huge fans of “Flower of Scotland”. O Canada became official anthem…which is sung at sports games, etc. Some of these critics are nostalgic for the former anthem ‘God Save the Queen’, others prefer the unofficial anthem ‘Waltzing Matilda’, while others are uninspired by the tune and lyrics. “For goodness sake, a nine-year-old girl just gave us all a lesson in truth and kicked our backsides to move forward. His top 10 albums on the ARIA Charts are Mallee Boy (1986), Boomerang Cafe (1988), Warrigal (No. I grew up singing the National Anthem, always at the school assembly in Primary school, not very often at all during my high school years. However “O Canada” anthem adoption probably became increasingly adopted long before 1980. Some things we’ll always stick with us. Good luck with your speech on Advance Australia Fair. Too bad it is hardly ever done right! Sport certainly unites your home country! 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. Do you prefer the God save the Queen one or would it be better if the made a new one? I think I heard ‘Still call Australia home’ before I was very aware that it was an ad. It was one of many mistakes made in the Thirties, and I wince whenever I hear it in an arena or on TV. But arguably the positive side of Australia comes across in the song as well. I suppose the Lord’s Prayer was a short verse you recited in South Africa in regards to faith. Heard of it since? and totally agree with "Advance Australia Fair is an anthem that is racist at so many levels, written for a white Australia that is irrelevant, or should be. Our current national anthem was voted as the country’s song through a plebiscite in 1977 – the popular feel-good song Waltzing Matilda came in second. After Canada adopted its own national flag (with red maple) in 1965, there was a slow informal movement to adopt O Canada. I hope it’s new, because I can’t remember seeing it 🙂. “This young girl deserves our utmost respect and admiration. It’ll be Christmas before we know it. Advance Australia Fair John Williamson Buy This Song. I bookmarked it so I can have easy access to all of them – and just cut and paste as I go – ✌👊 I didn’t know your town doesn’t celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. It’s set to the tune of an English drinking song, Anacreon in Heaven, that’s for openers. I actually am not too sure how God Save the Queen goes. Well, I think many people ignored that directive, and they can’t really round up people for not standing up, so they canned the initiative themselves. Lyrics to Advance Australia Fair by James Morrison from the Games of the XXVII Olympiad 2000 album - including song video, artist biography, translations and more! Very, very interesting to hear, Sue. In Australia, we don’t get that many public holidays, no where near that at all. In fact, I was a prefect for a couple years, and one of my job was to take note of anyone not singing to the song and get him/her into trouble after the assembly! Let's be honest. Oh well, despite this, I think we are a happy country 😀 Awnnn I would be speechless too to meet a famous Australian writer, one of my favourites 😀 The different languages are meant to help reconciliation, but seemed to end up being divisive instead. We certainly don’t get a day off for it anyway. Experiencing many cultural environments is not only a advantage but also a challenge but I think with all countries you have been through, your love for them is precious and sincere 🙂. We even tried to ditch it entirely with a national competition for new words (1400 entries) and music (1200) and that fell over. Such a gorgeous clock, Mabel. Just What Is Australia’s National Dish? I can also remember growing up how it was said we were the largest island on the plant, I don’t hear that being said any more. Australia . It’s an unexplainable feeling, yes. Mmmmh Yes, they appropriated the title “native” disregarding the forty thousand years of Aboriginal occupation. You sound proud of India and its national anthem. In Belgium, it’s very complicated, because the country is divided into 3 different regions, so we have a lot of national anthems (a Flemish, and French and a German one). Ohh I thought of you last night as I watched the football game of Germany x Australia 😀 They sang the national anthem and it reminded me of our conversation 😀. I think I would be speechless if I met you, very famous travel Brazilian blogger living in Germany ❤. Since Canada was a British colony, our anthem was God Save the Queen which I did sing in public school at beginning of each day. Oooh, very cheeky of you to sneak out during the national anthem! Then again, that shows I believe in something…but I could always use different opinions and thoughts like yours 🙂, I like your thoughts on diversity (<3) That is quite a few of them, and a lot of lyrics to memorise as well. National pride, perhaps. They were boring. There aren’t that many countries that are completely surrounded, we are sort of unique, like there is New Zealand, Japan, but nearly every other country borders with another one. As the other commentors have brought up, in some countries the national anthem is played in the cinemas. To advance Australia fair. Puts on a show and plays Waltzing Matilda on the hour | Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall. There are Australians who want the country to be a republic (free from monarchy), and others no. Interesting to hear. Being picked on because of my race by my so-called Caucasian friends in pre-school in Melbourne wasn’t pleasant and I avoided them. … I have been thinking all this time that the Australian National Anthem was that “Six Months in a Leaky Boat” song. It is a gorgeous clock isn’t it? But the atmosphere of a stadium on a warm summer night under the lights…..very fun! I had to teach my South African pupils the national anthem, but the black pupils refused to sing the last verse which was in the Afrikaans language, and the white pupils didn’t like singing the Zulu first part, so it was usually a very halfhearted affair. You are right – different age groups have different experience with the Australian National Anthem. I take your word for it, Tree. Rukunegara, yes, by heart, every word, even now. Sports. I suppose you know as you schooled in Malaysia before. How about the “British” national anthem which, in its long version, has the line “crush rebellious Scots?” No surprise that we sing “Flower of Scotland” at sporting events. Very wise, and thank you for reminding me that. National anthems usually are written in a specific moment in time, and the words draw on victories and courageous and nation-building acts at a point in time. So, in school we often sang the more melodious “America the Beautiful.” At least it has “and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea” as a last line — a friendly thought, and typical of the day in including the sisterhood among “man”kind. It was first officially proposed in 1974 to replace “God Save the Queen,” which had been the national anthem from 1788 to 1974 and which, in 1984, was designated the royal anthem, to be played at public appearances of members of the British royal family. Interesting topic, Mabel! For instance, Americans do not seem hesitant waving their American flag. In Australia rarely will you see anyone with the flag on celebratory occasions. Amazing 😀 I had no idea that there was a Pledge of Allegiance in the States. I too still know Negaraku. What? To me you are already a famous writer 😀, Hahaha. 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! Advance Australia Fair. Thanks for sharing, Charles. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window). It’s kind of weird. Interesting. Yes, everyone stands up. As Australians, we all have different views on nationalism and some national anthem’s lyrics are lost on us. View by: Highest Rated; Most Recent; Oldest First; No Comments Add your thoughts . While it acknowledges “those who’ve come across the seas” in the second verse, there’s no hint of the First Peoples or Aboriginal culture in the song. But we only sing the first verse, leaving out the second. I certainly do not live by the ocean, nor do I go to the beach that often. The “Star Spangled Banner” Growing up in Hawaii, we learned the American anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner” and our state song “HawaiÊ»i Ponoʻī” in Hawaiian, so I think I just grew up thinking in a diverse and unique way (from the rest of the United States). No reason why we can’t join in in Australian culture. Certainly when I was at school we never sang the National Anthem, Mabel. Right before the start of our Aussie Rules Football (AFL) Grand Final each year, the national anthem is sung by an entertainer in the middle of the pitch and the 100,000 at the match stand at attention, not all singing. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Maybe it’s a song that you’re meant to belt out and that’s why. That is early, arriving at school 6am sharp on Monday mornings. I didn’t know that. Interesting to know that about the “British” national anthem. Honestly I feel that I’ve strayed from the downright sensitive topics, feeling like I’m repeating myself. Every time the Olympics would roll around, the subjects of national anthems would come up. Maybe we should all agree to disagree and focus the moment we’re singing it – together, a sign of solidarity for a few seconds. That musical clock is very beautiful 🙂, Really thoughtful entry Mabel! All the school stands, including any parents, and two verses are sung- Eek! While “The Star Spangled Banner” does describe the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain, the last few lines are timeless, wistful, and contain a certain amount of ambiguity. here in the states when I was in school we sang the national anthem at the start of every day with our hands over our hearts and were immensely proud to be Americans. You would be inclined to stand up from your cushioned seat once you hear the national anthem. Generally we’re a peaceful country 😀. Songwriter Shane Howard, who’s no slouch with words and melody, recently commented on social media about the latest furore over the national anthem and the defiant stand, sorry, non-stand, of Brisbane schoolgirl Harper Nielsen, aged nine. by Mark Gwynn. I suppose if any of us do not want to say the pledge, the least we can do is put our hand over our heart – or wherever it’s meant to be depending on country – and stay silent. “When it says 'we are young' it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us for over 50,000 years," she said. Real change has to mean that we are advancing the values that matter to mainstream Australians - not left wing activists or elites. Interesting topic Mabel. Wow, two national anthems you sung at school and you were aware of two cultures from a young age. “Free” seems to be a common theme among many national anthems. As Waltzing Matilda plays, the bird and musician figures move left and right. As I mentioned to CL in the comments, it was something we had to say after the national anthem at least once a week. The line girt by sea is meant to mean our home is surrounded by sea, and it is, Australia is completely surrounded by sea. Advance Australia Fair Lyrics James Morrison – Advance Australia Fair . In fact, it can become routine and you might even forget what you’re singing about. Sounds like you’re proud of it. It’s a heavy and sensitive topic many of us do actively try to avoid, no surprise there. And although it may seem so, I am not an ancient of days. Yesss, I do hope we meet someday, here or there! Here in the west English is the first language but by law all labelling and such must be bilingual. Or maybe Canadians are brought up singing both versions. “that was a different time when the song was created than it is now.” Well said. I think you have to remember that the song was written in a very different time. Some children thought the opening line of our anthem was “Australians all eat ostrich” instead of “Australians all let us rejoice”. Thank you for bringing that up. 🙂. In today’s politically correct world, … When I was studying in Malaysia and Singapore, when the national anthem played at assembly, the school gates would be locked and the late students stood awkwardly outside looking in. However, quite a few of my (gen-Y) friends in Asia are familiar with Waltzing Matilda and see it as an iconic Australian song. Singing The National Anthem: What Does Advance Australia Fair Mean? Anthems seem to represent a time gone by when people were spurned on by a national bond. νικά Български Русский Српски العربية فارسی 日本語 … Your wedding sounds fabulous. The monarchy is still big in Australia too, especially among the older generation. At the end of the day, we each have a right and a choice on whether we want to sing our country’s national anthem or not, just as we have a choice on deciding what being a citizen of country means to us. I don’t think we think of that at all when singing the Australian anthem. 😦 I hope with time things resolve in your country and people can agree with an anthem and about republic or monarchy. In Malaysia (and Singapore), you cannot NOT sing the national anthem during assembling. sort form. In national surveys, Advance Australia Fair wins every time, which shows one could kindly say, exhaustion on the respondents’ part. Always good to see you here 🙂. So maybe not all Canadians then. Right before the start of our Aussie Rules Football (AFL) Grand Final each year, the national anthem is sung by an entertainer in the middle of the pitch and the 100,000 at the match stand at attention, not all singing. I think the song implies that we are all different, just because you might be from Asian cultures doesn’t mean it doesn’t apply to you, everyone, as you said, the song doesn’t have reference to the first peoples here, so it is all about coming here from another place. Hope to visit Brazil someday and see a happy country proud of their culture! But the least we can do is appreciate the song for its positive spirit – as you mention, the song implies that we’re all different. Howard, of course, is the writer of Australia’s unofficial anthem Solid Rock. The support for O Canada gathered momentum 1966 when in 1967 was the 100th anniversary of Canada as an independent country. Are we still the land of the free? All for having a new national anthem for Australia or a re-write of the current one. They had their time and now they're irrelevant. Everyone takes pride in its performance. Advance Australia Fair song meanings Add your thoughts No Comments. Reading between the lines, racist undertones seem to nestle within Advance Australia Fair. So now when I come to Canada I prepare myself to see signs in French. Everyone would stand up while the national anthem. Nationalism certainly has its dark side and perpetuates many stereotypes. 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