The one that we use as our national anthem (Ja, vi elsker dette landet) is not, and has never been, the official national anthem. Maybe one day South Africa will sing their national anthem in unison. Don’t know about kids these days, but I always felt the AAF was hard to sing, especially the last note at the end. 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. I suppose at the end of the day we can take that line to mean what we want it to be, and if we don’t believe in that line, then don’t sing it. And although it may seem so, I am not an ancient of days. It’s quite a stirring song, especially the last verse. 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. “sung at times when weâre surrounded by other people at special event.” Great observation, Maamej. Singing the national anthem in unison. Really what you find is a nation struggling for an identity and not really knowing what we were. Advance Australia Fair was certainly written in a certain moment in time and you’d think it would be inspired by the context and ideals of Australia at that time. 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. by Mark Gwynn. It’s a crazy world out there so I suppose what songs we sing and when has become an indication of who we are and what we love. I was raised in dictatorship government, Soeharto back then. – Sandy, only slightly kidding…. Thanks for explaining and taking me through The Star Spangled Banner. Our current national anthem was voted as the countryâs song through a plebiscite in 1977 â the popular feel-good song Waltzing Matilda came in second. To be honest, I only vaguely remember hearing “Still Call Australia Home” at some point before the Qantas ad. Mabel a thought provoking piece. I had no idea that there was a Pledge of Allegiance in the States. Howard, of course, is the writer of Australiaâs unofficial anthem Solid Rock. ken. And interesting to hear you say you think of those who fought for their country when singing it. 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. We said the pledge of allegiance to the flag everyday before class started. That is a very important point Leanne, that Australia’s national anthem was written in a time we weren’t proud of our country and we couldn’t define what Australia is. I love watching the World Cup once every four years, and over the last few tournaments Australia has been in it ð. Maybe we donât sing it often enough and forget the lyrics, and the anthem altogether. Watch official video, print or â¦ In Brazil we love our anthem, and I used to sing it at school… and we all sing it very proudly at a football game.. have seen how Brazilians sang the anthem during the World Cup? Have to agree with you on this one that Waltzing Matilda isn’t that appropriate as a national anthem. 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? And Advance Australia Fair really IS racist. It’s a pretty easy song to play, and I always liked how it sounds. Australia . Along with Negaraku, you might also remember the Rukunegara. Thank you, Joshi. Yesss, I do hope we meet someday, here or there! Just like my school days in Singapore and Malaysia, only that the flag raising ceremony was every morning at 7.15. It’s true, Jess. In 1974 I was in the second last year of high school. They had their time and now they're irrelevant. It’s a heavy and sensitive topic many of us do actively try to avoid, no surprise there. Suppose you also remember that we had to recite the Rukunegara too around once a week after the national anthem too – with the palm held up, facing outwards. And who doesn’t gravitate to a simple, easy-to-sing song we can all sing (like Waltzing Matilda, which is in time of a waltz). He said, âI thought Waltzing Matilda is the national anthem?â 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. I honestly have no idea what the national anthem of Australia is. I too still know Negaraku. But a hilarious story. His top 10 albums on the ARIA Charts are Mallee Boy (1986), Boomerang Cafe (1988), Warrigal (No. 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. ð. At least it mentioned the continentâs first people. Anything is better than God save our Queen, long may use reign over us…etc… Mindless crappy song. Growing up in Hawaii, we learned the American anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner” and our state song “HawaiÊ»i PonoÊ»Ä«” in Hawaiian, so I think I just grew up thinking in a diverse and unique way (from the rest of the United States). I heard it’s still this way today. I don’t know. how could we be otherwise, after all the weekly practice ð . Just because some of us werenât Australian doesnât mean weâre not interested in the anthem. 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. It caused a lot of disgruntlement among the locals and confusion among the foreign tourists. I think it may be down to people in the UK getting a generous amount of annual leave from their work every year. Advance Australia Fair Lyrics James Morrison â Advance Australia Fair . Your headmaster sounds very spontaneous, expecting you lot to sing at the sound of the first chord. The song did gain more prominence around the 1970s when the White Australia Policy was still around. "There are certainly more ways to show our love for our country than singing a song.". Here in the States, I used to sing our anthem at school, but these days? When it comes to proudly singing and talking about our national anthem Advance Australia Fair, Australians are divided on this. It's certainly not the adults banging on about how she should be chastised. View by: Highest Rated; Most Recent; Oldest First; No Comments Add your thoughts . Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. Standing up and either singing or standing at attention in silence, I presume. Some might say we sing the national anthem half-heartedly. 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. Every morning as my Chinese, Malay and Indian heritage classmates and I watched flags being raised during assembly, we sang Negaraku (My Country) and Majulah Singapura (Onward Singapore) in respective countries. I think that song really reflects that. After Canada adopted its own national flag (with red maple) in 1965, there was a slow informal movement to adopt O Canada. I had no idea the national anthem was played in cinemas before the movie starts. I think politics is always a sensitive subjects right? As Waltzing Matilda plays, the bird and musician figures move left and right. Then here he raised Old â¦ 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 ð Growing up in the States, we use to sing the National Anthem at sporting events and since sports makes up such a big part of our culture it is a song I think everyone is familiar with…and it is funny as the tune itself is the official song of the Anacreontic Society, an 18th-century gentlemen’s club who basically loved to drink. I have felt the words seep through my skin when the National Anthem of my country is played at the international sports events, the feeling is quite inexplicable! 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. On Australia Day, Advance Australia Fair is played during town hall flag raising ceremonies around the country but those of us watching arenât asked to sing it. And sounds fun. The words âyoung and freeâ and âboundless plains to shareâ touch upon the true-blue, fair dinkum Aussie spirit. I attended a private school for years 5, 6 & 7, and we had a huge drama/music culture, so it was always lots of fun. “Advance Australia Fair”? That is so interesting to hear that some of your Australian colleagues aren’t familiar with the Aussie anthem. Your wedding sounds fabulous. FAVORITE (0 fans) John Williamson. We would stand up by our seats and listen to a version of the song each day. The government, as it should, takes the anthem seriously. Very wise, and thank you for reminding me that. Australia’s full national anthem isn’t that long, two verses. You are right – different age groups have different experience with the Australian National Anthem. O Canada became official anthem…which is sung at sports games, etc. An anthem wraps and enfolds a nationâs character. Williamson has released over forty albums, ten videos, five DVDs, and two lyric books. Interesting to hear a gender take and perspective on the national anthem. there was that view that anything Australian was rubbish. There are certainly more ways to show our love for our country than singing a song. The different languages are meant to help reconciliation, but seemed to end up being divisive instead. Very, very interesting to hear, Sue. 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I was thinking I couldn’t care less about national anthems, being quite sceptical about nationalism, which so often exploits people’s racism and xenophobia, and then I read one of the comments about it ‘seeping through’ the skin and I remembered getting teary at times hearing our national anthem, to the point where I couldn’t even sing it myself. You sound proud of India and its national anthem. Thank you for supporting my work, Matt. If you slow down the tempo, it sounds really beautiful. Now, if they would put more beat into it, I might learn to like it. Needless to say, Friday assemblies and singing Advance Australia Fair was something I never looked forward to. 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 heard ‘Still call Australia home’ before I was very aware that it was an ad. I suppose you know as you schooled in Malaysia before. I hope you had a lovely weekend!! Many people still feel that way. Sometimes our personal experiences influence our attitude towards our national anthem. The original photos had reddish tones all over, and it took me a while to make it more cool-toned. Australians certainly have mixed feelings about our national song, a song that has changed over the years. America the Beautiful sounds like a wonderful song, and written by a woman, that is impressive. However, I can sing the Canadian national anthem in both English and French. Last year I felt like I haven’t shared that much about Australian culture, hence more of such posts of late. It really is iconic. They were all “drunk” apparently and couldn’t help themselves, so why should we. from west and east coast) of the country and admittedly to me, I sing the anthem willingly, regardless of its little flaws. National anthem played at cinemas before the movie starts? Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. John Robert Williamson AM (born 1 November 1945 in Kerang, Victoria) is an Australian country music singer-songwriter. It is a folk song about a homeless hobo who steels a sheep, not very representative of our nation, then or now. I would love to be caught up in that one day. As far as multiculturalism goes — the US is an immigrant country and so is Australia. To me you are already a famous writer ð, Hahaha. No matter where we are from, we are all descendents of not only a country but a heritage and culture too. I think the term “island” tends to be thought of as a small nation these days, a nation where you would vacation. People probably rebelled by sitting down and eating their movie snacks, as you said, ignored the directive. The monarchy is still big in Australia too, especially among the older generation. 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. Yes, everyone stands up. 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