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  1. RosemaryJ36

    This should be our National Anthem!

  2. Anne Byam

    Absolutely wonderful Kaye … and I agree Rosemary – National Anthem.

    Happy day in Australia to you both.

  3. David Evans

    Been a while Kaye, RUOK?

  4. Vikingduk

    Happy Gondwanaland day. How many more will we achieve before we find success in the destruction of life on planet earth?

  5. Gangey1959

    Cheers, KL.
    Take care, all.

  6. Kaye Lee

    Life intrudes sometimes David. I am ok. Thanks for asking. I’ve been back a couple of weeks and written a few things. Today, I just wanted to hug everyone.

  7. Kathy

    I agree with others. This should be our National Anthem.

  8. Michael Taylor

    I’d never seen the words to that song. Wow. They were brilliant. Would love to have it as our national anthem.

    But I would change one word: change 40,000 (years the First Australians have lived on this land) to 60,000.

    (For decades the oldest archaeological remains in Australia were consistently dated at 40,000 years, so logically it was assumed that Aborigines came here 40,000 years ago. But then in the 1990s it was discovered that the dating method – carbon dating – had a limit of 40,000 years).

  9. Kaye Lee

    The song was written in 1987. I sometimes feel we have gone backwards.

  10. Josephus

    The day the Mabo land rights decision was passed down?

  11. Regional Elder

    I am Australian songwriter ‘brought undone’ as tune becomes an isolation anthem

    When Bruce Woodley hopped in the shower back in the mid-1980s, he had no idea the little ditty he belted out would become a national source of comfort amidst a global pandemic. Read the full story.

    ABC app.

    And a shortened version of the song by The Seekers in 2000

    Sent from my iPad

  12. Kaye Lee

    It makes me cry. We have such potential if we truly hear each other.

    I have this fantasy of us all joining hands and singing as the crowd at the MCG did back in 2013

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDCiNGYfhPY

  13. Regional Elder

    An extraordinary happening at the MCG in 2013, KL. Thanks for sharing this clip. And yes, we do have such potential as a nation to be accepting and generous with one another.

    Curiously and ironically, the pandemic seems to have revealed and to have actualised a little of that potential. Music of course moves people emotionally. As a national culture, it seems we have few musical pieces that bind us, in our cultural diversity and across our age bands.

    Thus the ABC’s use of the song ‘I am Australian ‘ is inspired, having a potential to address a cultural space that is almost a void. The Seekers who first gave this Bruce Woodley song a life, I think provide a very moving rendition of the song, particularly when they sing all the verses.

  14. Jarijari

    I Am Australian has been the natural successor to the AAF dirge since The Seekers first performed it back in the 1980s.

  15. George Swalwell

    Thank you Kaye for this eloquent posting. The song was very moving. I am sending everyone greetings and all best wishes for health and harmony from Penang, Malaysia.

  16. Terence Mills

    Do away with the dirge : that’s our national anthem right there !

  17. Consume Less

    Would have to agree, a great song. This is a beauty too…

    From little things, big things grow

  18. Kaye Lee

    Yes, a wonderful story of hope in song CL. A fine addition. Thanks.

  19. Consume Less

    The main thing that struck me with ‘I am Australian’ was the inclusivity. Australia is now mix of people from of all parts of the globe, and we need an anthem to reflect that. A song that defines all of us, not just us anglo mob that have ransacked this place. Chinese people were here mining the goldfields in the 1860’s making up to 3.3% of the population at the time. They were banned from coming into Melbourne, so ships dropped them at Robe and they walked to the goldfields. Just another tiny piece of our history.

  20. The AIM Network

    I’ll settle for Waltzing Matilda as long as it’s the Queensland version.

  21. Consume Less

    Waltzing Matilda is a bit pass’e for my liking. Even the Queensland version.

  22. Michael Taylor

    I don’t want to be too bipartisan here, but how about “Bound for South Australia”?

    I’m sure that Jack, wam and Roswell would agree. 😁

  23. wam

    haha michael, spot on. when I was a D3F at uni, we would play badminton friday night and at about 11pm we would squash 6 of us, bench seats, into george’s small (that was also his name) ford prefect a charge off to elizabeth where we would drink. except george he was a coke addict at least 6 a day(his mum offered us a keg if we could get him on a date so we tried but his mum didn’t know none of us had been on a date so it was the blind leading the blind). We only played two albums harry belefonte at carnegie hall(1959) and return (1960) with miriam mikaba the kingston trio and a magnificent singer odetta(my darling and I met her outside the town after a concert). George would drop us off on the way to brighten where he lived and I was the last drop off at woodville west our song for the home trip was a screamingly loud tuneless, each with our own key. “In South Australia I was born, heave away, haul away In South Australia, ’round Cape Horn, we’re bound for South Australia” Just about every sat I would get home just as dad got up for work and I’d cook him eggs on toast. What memories????? I can still croak many of the songs and my kids and grandkids all loved being odetta in there’s a hole in the bucket.

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