God bless Australia, the best anthem that never happened.

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  1. Danish

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    The music for our anthem is great IMO, particularly the full version with the big intro.

    The words are kinda dumb, but compared to anthems around the world I reckon we are top 4 or 5 (1st USA, 2nd France, 3rd NZ, 4th either us or UK). Most are f**king atrocious.

    Easiest way to improve the lyrics is to just skip to the 2nd verse -

    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


    Just replace "commonwealth" with "southern land" for the whiny republican types
     
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    Not at all necessary, in the context in which it's presented above, it has nothing to do with the ( British ) Commonwealth
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth

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  3. Pete Cash

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    Our anthem is quite a jaunty tune. I wouldnt change it but it sounds like something from a musical
     
  4. Generalzod

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    Our national anthem has to mean something this gurt by sea is crap, They should find a poem that some World War 1 digger wrote and make it our National Anthem...Something like this a poem written in 1823 become Greece's national anthem Hymn to Liberty

    I shall always recognize you
    by the dreadful sword you hold,
    as the Earth with searching vision
    you survey with spirit bold.
    From the Greeks of old whose dying
    brought to life and spirit free,
    now with ancient valour rising
    let us hail you, oh Liberty![8]
     
  5. Mong

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    No issues with the anthem here. It was a great day when God save the queen was ditched, a shame the flag didn't go the same way at that time as well though.
     
  6. Mr Spock!

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    I was writing in response to khe sahn being a pro-war sing.

    Which it isn't.
     
  7. Canard

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    Yep I got no issues with it.

    Growing up in QLD it was God Save the Queen all through primary school(Thanks Joh), what a slog that is.

    I think it's really Baby Boomers who aren't as familiar with it that don't like it.
     
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    1. An Australian Republic can still be a "Commonwealth" of states as it is now
    2. We would have to replace the section "For those who've come across the seas We've boundless plains to share" for the whiny RWNJ types
     
  9. veggiepatch1959

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    We "sang" Advance Australia Fair" in a weekly assembly in a southern Sydney all boy's high school back in the early 1970s.

    The introduction was accompanied by 800 pairs of stamping feet and "Advance Australia Fair" replaced by "Advance Australia Square".
     
  10. veggiepatch1959

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    If you're referring to me, I only said that the song was about the Vietnam War, not that it was glorifying war.
     
  11. SBD82

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    This is really interesting. I had no idea.
     
  12. Mong

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    I had God save the queen all through primary school, we didn't do anthems at all in secondary.

    It was a smallish central queensland town.
     
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  13. Mr Spock!

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    Which is quite ironic considering the Star Spangled Banner does.

    I always wondered what the bombs in the air were about.
     
  14. Canard

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    You then said you may as well choose 'Enola Gay' if you want to "glorify" war.
     
  15. veggiepatch1959

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    How about Pere Ubu's "30 Seconds Over Tokyo"? :p
     
  16. sportive cupid

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    Actually its not about the war in Vietnam either .
    Its about outsiders who are struggling in their own way to make meaning of their lives in what is known as "the lucky land"( Australia )
    The Vietnam Vet is the narrator of the poem He talks about the women with the 'hearts in suburban chains" with legs open and minds closed "
    And he is going no where in a hurry like many others .
    Its an anthem for all those who feel they dont fit the mould of the lucky counrty here in Australia -a place that promises so much but struggles to deliver for most of us .searcing for the place they belong .
    Its one of the most succinct gems of Australian 20th century literature which still rings true with a new generation really.
     
  17. veggiepatch1959

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    I would still prefer Nino Culotta's "They're A Weird Mob" as a brilliant piece of Australian literature.

    I'm going out on a limb here but I'm assuming you're a second generation .Italian Australian. Don't worry. My current partner is the same. Sexy chubby girl who is 20 years younger than me.
     
  18. horrie hastings

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    What more can I say :p

     
  19. justdave

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    I like a AAF. Sounds great at sporting events when thousands actually know the words and sing it loud and proud.

    Yeah I know, I’m weird
     
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    I’m not sure the government is too into advertising the “boundless plains to share” bit these days. Maybe If they changed it a bit:

    For those who come with loads of cash
    We’ve boundless plains to share
    We took them from some black fellas
    Pretended they weren’t there
     
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