I hope it’s new, because I can’t remember seeing it 🙂. I think the term “island” tends to be thought of as a small nation these days, a nation where you would vacation. As far as anthems are concerned, I think I had my fill when I was in school. Politics separates us 😦, Australians are very divided when it comes to nationalism and politics too. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. I’m sure you love your country, just that you don’t show it in song 🙂. As one culture. I know these sensitive topics are difficult to write, but you keep challenging yourselves and are getting a lot of echoes. 'Advance Australia Fair is an anthem that is racist at so many levels'. Anthems seem to represent a time gone by when people were spurned on by a national bond. I suppose I’ve taken it for granted so I’ve forgotten the novelity of it. Thank you for that link to O Canada. "Advance Australia Fair" was published in early December 1878 by Peter Dodds McCormick under the pen-name "Amicus" (which means "friend" in Latin). Watch official video, print or … In national surveys, Advance Australia Fair wins every time, which shows one could kindly say, exhaustion on the respondents’ part. I didn’t know your town doesn’t celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. Let's move on.”. I can’t remember the last time I sang it personally. To me, Canada’s anthem does speak to the geographic “stretch” (7,000+ km. Australia has an interesting history to pull from, so it’s not surprising that its anthem would, too. It’s been a while, thanks for sticking by this long. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 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. from west and east coast) of the country and admittedly to me, I sing the anthem willingly, regardless of its little flaws. Exactly, that was what we were expected to do, stand up when the national anthem was played. The original photos had reddish tones all over, and it took me a while to make it more cool-toned. It’s a pretty easy song to play, and I always liked how it sounds. Yet it persists. And when I go I have to enjoy and stay at least 1 month, there must be so much to see and do 😀. Oh yes, forgot to say having Walzing Matilda as our national anthem would be like the americans having Yanky Doodle Dandy. 😀, Yes, sport really pull us Brazilians together!! Yesss, I do hope we meet someday, here or there! yes, he was, stern and spontaneous, we had so many monikers for him, it was fun creating them. The support for O Canada gathered momentum 1966 when in 1967 was the 100th anniversary of Canada as an independent country. The “Star Spangled Banner” Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. God Save the Queen was our formal anthem before 1974 and it was played at international sporting events where Australia won medals before that year. Negaraku, Tanah tumpahnya darahku …. Perhaps sometimes the nation’s values change and the song changes, or it can be political. Interestingly Canada’s national anthem is being criticised for not being gender neutral. The Australian national anthem does stir up conflicting emotions within us. A sense of “we’re all in this together” manifests. Advance Australia Fair - Lyrics. As one. It’s an unexplainable feeling, yes. I really why we still do in Australia…but that’s another story for another day. Rate These Lyrics 0 Votes Add to Mixtape. 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. 🙂. Well said. Yes, the lyrics to Australia’s national anthem are rather weird. One also hears it sung in French. Of course I did in school, there’s no way for us to NOT sing it in school. In Malaysia (and Singapore), you cannot NOT sing the national anthem during assembling. It’s not McCormick’s fault. In Quebec most will be in French. However, quite a few of my (gen-Y) friends in Asia are familiar with Waltzing Matilda and see it as an iconic Australian song. The usual suspects descend on her. It's time for the whingeing faux patriotic grown-ups to grow up. Until we can even decide on who we are we may as well whistle into the wind. As the other commentors have brought up, in some countries the national anthem is played in the cinemas. “Our home is girt by sea” gives the impression Australians live by the sea. John Robert Williamson AM (born 1 November 1945 in Kerang, Victoria) is an Australian country music singer-songwriter. Sounds like you’re proud of it. 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! Nevertheless, so many of us clamoured at the canteen to buy sausage rolls for recess on numerous occasions. You kind of feel inundated by it here. I would so love to experience a baseball game there someday! Awnnn I would be speechless too to meet a famous Australian writer, one of my favourites 😀 “Nationalism certainly has its dark side and perpetuates many stereotypes.” Well said, BB. I had no idea the national anthem was played in cinemas before the movie starts. America the Beautiful sounds like a wonderful song, and written by a woman, that is impressive. Apologies to the writer but it's also poorly crafted lyrically, is largely meaningless sentimentality and is a substandard melody. It is very commonly heard here and people often sing along at all kinds of events. You are right. I think in many ways we still don’t. All the school stands, including any parents, and two verses are sung- Eek! I don’t think many of us really know the meaning behind Waltzing Matilda. I don’t remember singing the national anthem when I went to school in England. In Thaiand the anthem is played at 8am and 6pm everyday on TV, over PAs, etc. I grew up with God Save the Queen as our national anthem. You write these articles with your sensitivity; importantly, you bring up the facts and history information. It’s also interesting to note that everyone no matter which country their from tends to stand silently in awe when another country’s anthem is played at the medal presentation ceremony. “that was a different time when the song was created than it is now.” Well said. Nothing like this in Australia, or Malaysia or Singapore. Here are the original five verses of Advance Australia Fair. I suppose you know as you schooled in Malaysia before. Personally, I think Advance Australia Fair sounds quite regal. All that practise singing the anthem and reciting the Rukunegara, they are embedded deep within us. After pre-school, I moved to Malaysia and Singapore for more school. Okay, then Sandy must be telling the truth 😀 I played it on the piano as a kid and thought it had a nice melody. 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. National anthems can be certainly divisive. Don’t know about kids these days, but I always felt the AAF was hard to sing, especially the last note at the end. This is the first I’ve heard of it – maybe it’s something every country has, but it’s not something all schools in each country preach students to know by heart. It really is iconic. I was in grade 4 when we changed from singing God save the Queen to Advance Australia Fair. In joyful strains then let us sing "Advance Australia fair!" People probably rebelled by sitting down and eating their movie snacks, as you said, ignored the directive. During my school days in Indonesia, we had national flag ceremony every Monday morning and sang along the national anthem when the flag was going up 😀 not sure if it is still in practice nowadays. It caused a lot of disgruntlement among the locals and confusion among the foreign tourists. Maybe it’s a song that you’re meant to belt out and that’s why. It’s a no-no to talk about these subjects usually when we’re socialising with peopel we don’t know well. Some people suggest that instead of “thy sons” it be “of us.” As you say it’s our choice whether to sing the anthem or not. We of course sing our national anthem before baseball games and other sporting events. 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. Did you know that I also have to do a speech about Advance Australia Fair! This is also the reason why the first two verses of the German anthem was forbidden after the Second World War however leaving all other countries in Europe still with their sometimes very crazy sounding compete anthems :p, These days the German anthem is only sung on special occasions such as big sport events or during the National Day/ unification day. Real change has to mean that we are advancing the values that matter to mainstream Australians - not left wing activists or elites. 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). Many other countries and nations are surrounded by sea, which is why I find the line “girt by sea” not uniquely Australian. Singing the national anthem at school in Malaysia and Singapore was a different story altogether. Est. Hehehe, you learning the German national anthem because little Mabel inspired you to 😀 To be honest, I only know Advance Australia Fair, and don’t know the previous Aussie national anthems. An anthem wraps and enfolds a nation’s character. As a child, we can only understand so much and barely know the history of our country, hence the detachment towards our national anthem. In Brazil it is especially veeery bad at the moment as the country is divided, some want impeachment other dont! I still remember it by heart. ken. In Malaysia and Singapore, we were thought the national anthem(s) in music class in our first year, though. Australia . Oh dear. Your wedding sounds fabulous. Always good to see you here 🙂. Williamson has released over forty albums, ten videos, five DVDs, and two lyric books. It’s located in a busy shopping mall in the city. I think my dad still secretly thinks Waltzing Matilda is Australia’s national anthem 😀. Might be a reason for that. There are certainly more ways to show our love for our country than singing a song. Advance Australia Fair was adopted as the National anthem of Australia on 19 April 1984.Prior to 1984, Australia's national anthem was the Royal anthem God Save the Queen. Something each of them can relate to and feel proud of. National anthem played at cinemas before the movie starts? That is early, arriving at school 6am sharp on Monday mornings. Yes, everyone stands up. I take your word for it, Tree. When you visit the United States I will take you to a game!! Learning national anthems is usually a great history lesson, though. The anthem storm of 2018 illustrates a greater picture, that of a nation that is uneasy with itself. I admire you, Mabel. Must be different, to have this feeling about your own national anthem. As Maamej said in her comment, maybe it’s because we’re drawn to music that we like to listen to other country’s national anthem. Well written post Mabel 🙂, Awww, you still remember Indonesia’s national anthem after all these years. I don’t know of any famous Australian writers personally, so I can’t introduce you to them 😀, hahahahaha while I was in Canada for 1 year I learned their national anthem, so shame on me for not having learned the German one after 3 years living in the country! The tune of a gentlemen’s club – what an interesting fact about your national anthem. Look it up on youtube some time, it is very beautiful how people kept singing the Anthem even after the song stopped. You are more tech savvy than me, I’m ashamed of that 👌, In the mornings during assembly in Singapore, there was always one prefect or student who had to sing the national anthem through the microphone. http://fsymbols.com/signs/, An amazing site, Y. I dont really think I have ever thought about what the song means, and we could do sooooooo many other things, but but I liked singing and enjoyed that we as a group we were all honoring our country. When I was a kid, I had a piano book that had the sheet music to The Star Spangled Banner. For me, the song is less about “yay, we’re awesome and our flag is still flying” and more of a challenge to Americans today: “Well? But the atmosphere of a stadium on a warm summer night under the lights…..very fun! Does anyone have any ideas on how to write a speech ranging from 4 and a half mins to 5 mins about Advance Australia Fair. No wonder many of you sang the song half-heartedly…and tiredly too, I’m guessing. And so I reckon you are right in saying that about our national anthem. As Australians, we all have different views on nationalism and some national anthem’s lyrics are lost on us. Originally, the arm was straight out, like Nazi salute (! Advance Australia Fair Lyrics James Morrison – Advance Australia Fair . Howard, of course, is the writer of Australia’s unofficial anthem Solid Rock. When in doubt, attend a baseball or football game and you’ll see everyone singing along – all part of the fun! I think maybe sometimes we can not go to choose our life, such as work, school or other life planning, parents have a lot of time and perhaps make plans for us, we are unable to choose and make decisions, but regardless there even is a national, as well as identity and integration environment is the best way, although this is difficult to start, or to remember where it came from their own, do not forget you father is Chinese, I hope you do not have of ambivalence. All I know that the Queen’s Birthday is a rather big occasion over there and the monarchy is representative of the country. I think I heard ‘Still call Australia home’ before I was very aware that it was an ad. Here in the States, I used to sing our anthem at school, but these days? Yes, football is very important to Brazilians, especially during the World cup 😀 Advance Australia fair replaced its predecessor God Save the Queen in an attempt to switch to a more uniquely Australian representation of our culture. Food served up and down the stands. Its birth…actually started in Quebec! Mabel I, like Constance, can sing the national anthem in English and French. It’s funny how the audience – and world watching – goes rather silent and watches another country’s national anthem at an international sporting event, right after post-medal presentation. Boring (to me) to watch on TV. As a kid in Malaysia, I had trouble saying the second half of the Rukunegara because it sort of goes faster (in terms of syllables, tongue twister in a sense) towards the end 😀, Attachment to National Anthems comes naturally though I have never pondered over the emotion, the pride is probably connected to our impressionable years, when we didn’t even understand the meaning and the import of the words we repeated every day till high school! "Advance Australia Fair" is the official national anthem of Australia. Any kind of racism should be stamped out with force, but I do believe we should all celebrate what nationality we are without being told that it may offend others. Interesting to know that about the “British” national anthem. But mine only has to be 4mins long. He said, “I thought Waltzing Matilda is the national anthem?” Mind you, my dad is a Chinese-Malaysian migrant who has a good grasp of the English language, follows local politics and has worked in Australia for years. And I honestly have no idea what the national anthem of Canada is 😀. Of course, there will be some of us who will find something to pick about it – but we all have our opinions and have varying degrees of nationalitsic pride and showing that. That is certainly a lot of holidays you get there, celebrating the days that matter to the nation. True, people really get angry over this topic!! 😀. Our anthem is really long, so they never play it all on games, etc.. and yes it is in Portuguese 😀, That is amazing, and so patriotic of Brazilians to sing their national anthem even after the song has stopped playing. Here the street signs are in English. They also play it before movies in the movie theatre. So I don’t blame you for saying it was a boring experience for you. . How can some of us not… 😉 To be honest, I think a lot of us don’t know all of the words to our national anthem, primarily because it’s not a song we sing everyday and naturally the lyrics can eclipse us. Since the adoption of ‘Advance Australia Fair’ as Australia’s national anthem there have been a number of vocal critics. I bookmarked it so I can have easy access to all of them – and just cut and paste as I go – ✌👊 Maybe it’s a reason why some of the lyrics to Advance Australia Fair were re-written. 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. It can range from anything between four to six weeks, plus we also get eight bank holidays every year as well. It seems that as we grow older we sing the national anthem less and less. Good luck with your speech on Advance Australia Fair. You are right – different age groups have different experience with the Australian National Anthem. 🙂. A MUCH better choice would have been America the Beautiful. Thank you, Sophia. 🙂. So it is funny to have this as part of our anthem. The line girt by sea is meant to mean our home is surrounded by sea, and it is, Australia is completely surrounded by sea. It has been tinkered with ever since, a bit like trying to modify a Leyland Marina into a Porsche. Really, the US national anthem is hard to sing? You are like Sue below, who also said that she sings the Canadian anthem in two languages. During my school time, student and teacher were compulsory to sing Indonesia Raya (the national anthem) every Monday morning as opening for raising flag ceremony. Some children thought the opening line of our anthem was “Australians all eat ostrich” instead of “Australians all let us rejoice”. In fact, to this very day, the people of England, Scotland and Wales never celebrate St George’s, St Andrew’s or St David’s Day, whereas in Ireland (and most other parts of the world), St Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated and is a national holiday for the Irish people. 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). That is an interesting bit of information form the History Teachers Association of Victoria, and you bring up a valid point. View by: Highest Rated; Most Recent; Oldest First; No Comments Add your thoughts . And yes, the melody comes from a popular pub song back in the day — when your singers and audience are drunk, no one notices if the tricky high notes are hit. In my childhood, every morning must sing the national anthem at school, but now I’m not sure. great memories. On 19 April 1984, the song officially became the Australian anthem, and the Bob Hawkes Labor government suggested that ‘God Save the Queen’ become the royal anthem … After Canada adopted its own national flag (with red maple) in 1965, there was a slow informal movement to adopt O Canada. He just knocked it out one night in a state of patriotic fervour for a particular audience. However, I know quite a few international friends who think of it as an iconic Australian song. Advance Australia is not a political party or aligned to any political organisation, industry sector, business, religious organisation, or community group. Certainly not our derision. I hope you visit Australia, then we can go exploring together. What? If we don’t, that’s fine but let’s respect others who want to sing it. You do sound like a very proud Canadian, Jean. Some things we’ll always stick with us. So maybe not all Canadians then. Thank you for bringing that up. Canada’s national anthem comes in English and French, so I suppose that is one of the harder anthems to learn – two versions! I guess I sing the anthem quite a bit, as when I am in the States I attend a few events and they almost always sing the anthem. In the words on the anthem section of the government website the judges “decided the entries did not meet the high standards of Australia’s traditional songs Advance Australia Fair, Waltzing Matilda and Song of Australia”. That musical clock is very beautiful 🙂, Really thoughtful entry Mabel! Well you will mainly see both languages on all food labelling. In joyful strains then let us sing, 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. It's certainly not the adults banging on about how she should be chastised. 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! The one that we use as our national anthem (Ja, vi elsker dette landet) is not, and has never been, the official national anthem. That goodness that has changed, though I think the feelings are still there but people keep them to themselves now. I copied and pasted yours… 😀, and actually Mabel – I found this site where I can cut and paste when I am on the home computer…. Required fields are marked *. I have a feeling the second verse is lost on a lot of Australians. O Canada became official anthem…which is sung at sports games, etc. Once my fingers were splayed out and my teacher walked over to me and pushed the fingers together. ken. Any singing of the anthem now would just involve me trying to remember the words, sometimes I would mouth it because I can’t sing very well. Melbourne Central clock. 1871 membership was restricted to white males born in Australia with a motto of ‘Advance Australia’. Our kids (who are incidentally in a pretty multicultural school in outer eastern Melbourne) sing Advance Australia Fair every Friday at assembly. Now, if they would put more beat into it, I might learn to like it. The lyrics to Advance Australia Fair have been tweaked by Recognition in Anthem, a committee of Australians who hope the changes to the national anthem will become official It is only after we grow up that we start comprehending why NAs are so respected, what are the sentiments attached to them. Brazilians know how to come together on the world stage. Though we may criticise and not agree with some of the sentiments of Advance Australia Fair, somehow we always stand at attention or shush when it’s played. And interesting to hear you say you think of those who fought for their country when singing it. What are the movie-goers supposed to do, stand up? 😦. thanks for reliving it, mabel. As a kid, I played it on the piano and thought it was a very noble, courageous sounding song. And although it may seem so, I am not an ancient of days. 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. The 'Fair' in the title refers to the beauty of Australia. In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair. even now, i can recall most of it. The Norwegian nathional anthem is old. I had no idea how Australians felt about their national anthem, but I can totally understand why… the lyrics are a bit weird 😦 If the anthem is played during “walking street” or when there is a weekly street fair, then everyone must stop until the anthem is finished. Happy Monday, hope you are having a swell day. It’s true, I think a very different feeling compared to how Brazilians feel about their national song. Some might say we sing the national anthem half-heartedly. Nationalism certainly has its dark side and perpetuates many stereotypes. 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