Australians in my American office would say, “Yeah, ours is…something, I don’t remember what. Life can be busy, but make sure you live the moment and enjoy it 🙂. 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. It’s quite a stirring song, especially the last verse. O Canada became official anthem…which is sung at sports games, etc. Diversity is such a beautiful thing. 😆. That’s what it’s known for, I suppose. As CL mentioned, recently in Malaysia they tried playing the anthems in cinemas but nobody paid much attention to it, and so this was canned. Who is the mature thinker in all of this clatter? There are Australians who want the country to be a republic (free from monarchy), and others no. So perhaps that is why many Australians aren’t fond of calling Australia an island – we have realised how vast geographically it is (but really any land is an island). Oh my, 3 national anthems. 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). All the school stands, including any parents, and two verses are sung- Eek! Now that’s a song I’ve not heard of, I’ll need to YouTube it and check it out. You say it so well. Here in the States, I used to sing our anthem at school, but these days? Advance Australia Fair was written by Peter Dodds McCormick in 1878. 'Advance' means to move forward - a synonym is 'progress'. His top 10 albums on the ARIA Charts are Mallee Boy (1986), Boomerang Cafe (1988), Warrigal (No. Some children thought the opening line of our anthem was “Australians all eat ostrich” instead of “Australians all let us rejoice”. In Australia rarely will you see anyone with the flag on celebratory occasions. Today I’d say patriotism is a bit of a mix – much like Australia we have people who are extremely patriotic while others question whether our country is doing its best to handle the things most important to them, especially minorities and recent immigrants. "Advance Australia Fair" was published in early December 1878 by Peter Dodds McCormick under the pen-name "Amicus" (which means "friend" in Latin). I feel the same way about the Qantas song, ‘I still call Australia Home’. I was in grade 4 when we changed from singing God save the Queen to Advance Australia Fair. Are we still the land of the free? Its birth…actually started in Quebec! Not even the use of tubular bells (optional) on the official score can put that right. even now, i can recall most of it. Or we can think, well that was a different time when the song was created than it is now. I still remember it by heart. Negaraku, Tanah tumpahnya darahku …. 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. I think politics is always a sensitive subjects right? We did sing for national anthem at school in Indonesia. 'Advance Australia Fair is an anthem that is racist at so many levels'. Over the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”. Food served up and down the stands. True, people really get angry over this topic!! 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. There are certainly more ways to show our love for our country than singing a song. In Germany the anthem is never sung in school and the same applies to Finalnd I guess. Advance Australia Fair, its evolution, its status, its popular reading, taboo readings (e.g. 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. 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. Really what you find is a nation struggling for an identity and not really knowing what we were. 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. Melbourne Central clock. Aboriginals, we can't rejoice for we are not quite free, Those golden soils that once were ours now prohibited to you and me. To me, Canada’s anthem does speak to the geographic “stretch” (7,000+ km. It's time for a new anthem and a new flag while we're at it. Singing the national anthem in unison. Unlike Canada, Australia is still under a monarchy and it’s probably why a lot of us still associate God Save The Queen as our true anthem. Politics separates us 😦, Australians are very divided when it comes to nationalism and politics too. It probably is a generational thing. 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. 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. 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? Yes, I was thinking much the same, Mabel. Yesss, I do hope we meet someday, here or there! If you slow down the tempo, it sounds really beautiful. It is a folk song about a homeless hobo who steels a sheep, not very representative of our nation, then or now. It was one of many mistakes made in the Thirties, and I wince whenever I hear it in an arena or on TV. So it is funny to have this as part of our anthem. I too still know Negaraku. Until we can even decide on who we are we may as well whistle into the wind. 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. I think I would be speechless if I met you, very famous travel Brazilian blogger living in Germany ❤. “sung at times when we’re surrounded by other people at special event.” Great observation, Maamej. PS: Sorry I havent been over to your blog for a few weeks, I am blown away at the way the days are zooming. It has been tinkered with ever since, a bit like trying to modify a Leyland Marina into a Porsche. I suppose for most countries, the anthem is merely a song, one song encapsulating certain patriotic sentiments, and many realise that there is more to a country than just a song. If you ask me today, obviously it is a load of bollocks to assume that singing the national anthem equals to being patriotic. 🙂, Always honoured that you read what I write, Amy. I admire you, Mabel. Nothing like this in Australia, or Malaysia or Singapore. I didn’t know that. It’s been a while, thanks for sticking by this long. That is early, arriving at school 6am sharp on Monday mornings. Oh yes, I definitely remember Rukunegara! Since that idea is the absolute antithesis of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence and the origins of the government of the United States, I find it appalling. It is a gorgeous clock isn’t it? The “Star Spangled Banner” When in the Netherlands I know the anthem as well and despite I am not a Dutch national, I always feel touch to listen to Dutch anthem when the Dutch athlete receiving their winning medals in some sport competition 🙂 However, I know quite a few international friends who think of it as an iconic Australian song. I always had the inkling that Americans are more patriotic about their country than Australians are to Australia. In Malaysia and Singapore, we were thought the national anthem(s) in music class in our first year, though. 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! After pre-school, I moved to Malaysia and Singapore for more school. Comment and share your favourite lyrics. A national anthem that is anti it’s own people! hahahaa you are too sweet little Mabel 😀 National anthem played at cinemas before the movie starts? You are right. As a kid, I played it on the piano and thought it was a very noble, courageous sounding song. I went to school in South Africa, and we never sang the national anthem at school. And so I reckon you are right in saying that about our national anthem. 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. You are like Sue below, who also said that she sings the Canadian anthem in two languages. In the song, the line “For we are young and free” might come across as strange to some of us who strongly want a republic (currently Australia still has a British monarch). At least it mentioned the continent’s first people. Those were the days. Rukunegara, yes, by heart, every word, even now. There are ongoing courtroom skirmishes between schools and parents/ students who do not want to say the pledge. Of course I did in school, there’s no way for us to NOT sing it in school. It could be a respect thing, as in your case with the Dutch national anthem and Netherlands is in a sense a second home to you too. So many singers have performed the last note by belting it out, it can come across as intimidating to sing (but I think this applies to other anthems too, but definitely not the ones in Malaysia and Singapore). Perhaps the next version will be Goanna’s Solid Rock!!! Required fields are marked *. Awww, sooo nice of Allane to think of little Mabel 😀 You must be proud of Germany’s national anthem too now that you have lived there for a long time! Thanks for explaining and taking me through The Star Spangled Banner. Look it up on youtube some time, it is very beautiful how people kept singing the Anthem even after the song stopped. And, as Shane Howard laments, it really is a god-awful melody. Let's be honest. 🙂. But arguably the positive side of Australia comes across in the song as well. Singing The National Anthem: What Does Advance Australia Fair Mean? 🙂. I had no idea that there was a Pledge of Allegiance in the States. You are right – different age groups have different experience with the Australian National Anthem. Advance Australia Fair, national anthem of Australia, adopted on April 19, 1984. It really is hard to pinpoint a clear identity since Australia is so diverse in terms of people, food, culture, sport and so on. In Quebec most will be in French. I suppose if you sing the national anthem everyday in school, you can get bored of it. It has an octave range of probably three or four octaves (feels like six). Advance Australia Fair - Lyrics. How Australian. When in doubt, attend a baseball or football game and you’ll see everyone singing along – all part of the fun! The tune of a gentlemen’s club – what an interesting fact about your national anthem. Advance Australia Fair. No wonder many of you sang the song half-heartedly…and tiredly too, I’m guessing. Apologies to the writer but it's also poorly crafted lyrically, is largely meaningless sentimentality and is a substandard melody. 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. National pride, perhaps. Really, the US national anthem is hard to sing? six o’clock sharp in the morning before ceremony started. In Australia in the 1960s i remember a short film of a brass band playing the National Anthem was screened before the main feature or supporting short films. Oh dear. People probably rebelled by sitting down and eating their movie snacks, as you said, ignored the directive. John Robert Williamson AM (born 1 November 1945 in Kerang, Victoria) is an Australian country music singer-songwriter. Everyone takes pride in its performance. Most Australians probably think the opposite then – how lucky we are to be living in Australia. 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. “America the Beautiful”. But mine only has to be 4mins long. It's certainly not the adults banging on about how she should be chastised. Ohh that is a difficult situation right? I think it may be down to people in the UK getting a generous amount of annual leave from their work every year. In true Japanese style, us “Aussies” sang Waltzing Matilda to the guests – our unoffical National Anthem. It seems to be the way for most of us who studied in Asia when we were younger. I remember a story from the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. 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. Most Australians know the two verses of the current version of the song, Advance Australia Fair, or at the very least know that they have the word 'girt' in them. I am beginning to think many countries have had several versions of national anthems. I don’t think we think of that at all when singing the Australian anthem. Lots of parents have only learnt the second verse since their kids started at the school! It’s set to the tune of an English drinking song, Anacreon in Heaven, that’s for openers. 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