O Canada became official anthem…which is sung at sports games, etc. great memories. I guess I’m not that patriotic. I certainly do not live by the ocean, nor do I go to the beach that often. That goodness that has changed, though I think the feelings are still there but people keep them to themselves now. 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. Many people still feel that way. even now, i can recall most of it. Very fan-fare like, and as you suggested, American. Reading between the lines, racist undertones seem to nestle within Advance Australia Fair. I remember a story from the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. “When it says 'we are young' it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us for over 50,000 years," she said. 'Advance' means to move forward - a synonym is 'progress'. 😀. Sadly, our governments aren’t listening and powerful elites and left-wing activists currently dictate our future. Really what you find is a nation struggling for an identity and not really knowing what we were. … I have been thinking all this time that the Australian National Anthem was that “Six Months in a Leaky Boat” song. And, you always present them graciously. You are like Sue below, who also said that she sings the Canadian anthem in two languages. 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. during assembly, our HM, who is a very keen music teacher, will give the chord, and away we go … Nationalism certainly has its dark side and perpetuates many stereotypes. To be honest, I only vaguely remember hearing “Still Call Australia Home” at some point before the Qantas ad. 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. 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…. I really why we still do in Australia…but that’s another story for another day. We Advance Australia when mainstream values are at the core of our way of life. Anthems seem to represent a time gone by when people were spurned on by a national bond. We loved living here, but we also felt a cultural cringe. I don’t know it is the norm now or not, but when I was in high school, it was played each day, after morning announcements and before class. Amazing 😀 Thank you for supporting my work, Matt. After Canada adopted its own national flag (with red maple) in 1965, there was a slow informal movement to adopt O Canada. So if the song was written in the 1890s then perhaps the first line really means Advance the White Australia Policy? 🙂. Of course I did in school, there’s no way for us to NOT sing it in school. Your wedding sounds fabulous. The usual suspects descend on her. On Australia Day, Advance Australia Fair is played during town hall flag raising ceremonies around the country but those of us watching aren’t asked to sing it. From shore to shore forever more, advance Australia fair. 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? I’ve never bothered to learn the words – fear of Nationalism I guess. Required fields are marked *. Hope to visit Brazil someday and see a happy country proud of their culture! Then here he raised Old … 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). Nor did we raise flags. I can’t remember the last time I sang it personally. Interestingly Canada’s national anthem is being criticised for not being gender neutral. The tune of a gentlemen’s club – what an interesting fact about your national anthem. I think the term “island” tends to be thought of as a small nation these days, a nation where you would vacation. The Australian national anthem does not unify everyone, some argue On Wednesday, a nine-year-old girl reignited debate about Australia's national anthem by explaining why … It’s a pretty easy song to play, and I always liked how it sounds. Here in the west English is the first language but by law all labelling and such must be bilingual. and I would pity that person too – oh the things adults need to learn sometimes – and this post is another example of some who need some broadening of options…. Comment and share your favourite lyrics. fair. Diversity is such a beautiful thing. Since Canada was a British colony, our anthem was God Save the Queen which I did sing in public school at beginning of each day. Always good to see you here 🙂. Its birth…actually started in Quebec! I feel like I’m learning a bit about Australia culture, history, people from your blog. 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 … That’s odd. Nothing like this in Australia, or Malaysia or Singapore. Yes, the lyrics to Australia’s national anthem are rather weird. And you wouldn’t want to be late as there might be some punishment or detention for that. It caused a lot of disgruntlement among the locals and confusion among the foreign tourists. So maybe not all Canadians then. They had their time and now they're irrelevant. Lots of pride for their country and they must feel like one big happy family singing together at the World Cup 😀. Some might say we sing the national anthem half-heartedly. National pride, perhaps. You do sound like a very proud Canadian, Jean. Oooh, very cheeky of you to sneak out during the national anthem! Every hour on the hour, tourists will stand around it to watch the show the clock puts on. ARGH! Interesting to hear you didn’t sing your anthem too often at school. Heard of it since? No reason why we can’t join in in Australian culture. Never knew it was a battle song. “Advance Australia Fair”? In the 1990s, I went to pre-school in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and don’t remember singing Advanced Australia Fair except at assembly on Fridays. I suppose the Lord’s Prayer was a short verse you recited in South Africa in regards to faith. Learn how your comment data is processed. At school in Singapore and Malaysia, most mornings I had to say something called The Pledge, which is an oath of allegiance to the country, with hand or fist over our heart. Oh, that “Pledge of Allegiance.” I do not like it, I never did, and yes, most schools require it every morning: hand over heart, facing the American flag. 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 🙂 Interesting to know that about the “British” national anthem. “Music really moves us in quite subliminal ways.” Perfect way to put it. Ohh that is a difficult situation right? With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance . They were all “drunk” apparently and couldn’t help themselves, so why should we. Created by the Scottish-born composer, Peter Dodds McCormick, the song was first performed in 1878, but did not gain its status as the official anthem until 1984.Until then, the song was sung in Australia as a patriotic song. 😀. Just What Is Australia’s National Dish? I sneak out if I can before that part…naughty mum! So it is funny to have this as part of our anthem. Many singers singing the Australian national anthem tend to hold the last note at the end for a bit, so it can be hard to sing along to this song. Generally we’re a peaceful country 😀. I don’t think many Australians are familiar with it. Baseball games are very fun to attend. Advance Australia Fair John Williamson Buy This Song. Right before the start of our Aussie Rules Football (AFL) Grand Final each year, the national anthem is sung by an entertainer in the middle of the pitch and the 100,000 at the match stand at attention, not all singing. He just knocked it out one night in a state of patriotic fervour for a particular audience. Okay, then Sandy must be telling the truth 😀 I played it on the piano as a kid and thought it had a nice melody. I too still know Negaraku. Very interesting topic indeed ! Now I know, thank you for explaining that. Our kids (who are incidentally in a pretty multicultural school in outer eastern Melbourne) sing Advance Australia Fair every Friday at assembly. Interesting topic, Mabel! It really is iconic. It’s a heavy and sensitive topic many of us do actively try to avoid, no surprise there. People seem to like the song for its melody and tune. PS: Sorry I havent been over to your blog for a few weeks, I am blown away at the way the days are zooming. Then again, that shows I believe in something…but I could always use different opinions and thoughts like yours 🙂, I like your thoughts on diversity (<3) Here in the States, I used to sing our anthem at school, but these days? " Advance Australia Fair is an anthem that is racist at so many levels, written for a white Australia that is irrelevant, or should be. there was that view that anything Australian was rubbish. Standing up and either singing or standing at attention in silence, I presume. Oh dear, I imagine that your South African students grumbled all the time at singing their national anthem apart from singing it half-heartedly. Look it up on youtube some time, it is very beautiful how people kept singing the Anthem even after the song stopped. I am sure some people sing other parts of the national anthem differently…or think that that is how they should go. For instance, Americans do not seem hesitant waving their American flag. That is an interesting bit of information form the History Teachers Association of Victoria, and you bring up a valid point. A schoolkid finds it offensive to stand for an anthem that she says does not ring true. As I mentioned to CL in the comments, it was something we had to say after the national anthem at least once a week. Perhaps somehow it helps focus attention on connection to the land we live in, and as it’s usually sung at times when we’re surrounded by other people at special events, it can also focus our attention on our connection to other people. National anthems. It’s an interesting reading, Mabel. But the atmosphere of a stadium on a warm summer night under the lights…..very fun! In Joyful strains then let us sing Advance Australia Fair. 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. It seems that as we grow older we sing the national anthem less and less. But remember in the 1960s a large proportion of Australian population – were of English origin and our place in the British Commonwealth was far more prominent. The Australian national anthem does stir up conflicting emotions within us. Really appreciate your support and you’re always so kind 🙂. 🙂. Like American anthem, Advance Australia Fair has the word “free” in it too. 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. “America the Beautiful”. As Waltzing Matilda plays, the bird and musician figures move left and right. Thank you, Amy, for the feedback. They were boring. You are right. Not even the use of tubular bells (optional) on the official score can put that right. Everyone must sing the song, so most of the student were half-heart when singing the anthem because we should arrived at school one hour earlier than normal days. His love of this country, of Indigenous life and culture, its history of survival, dispossession, resilience and faith runs deep into the earth. I still remember it by heart. The note sounds triumphant, but still…, I like your idea of the next version of our anthem. Times change as the world turns, and so do our feelings towards our country and how it is run. Very, very fascinating and thank you for sharing! I’m guessing some Scottish aren’t huge fans of “Flower of Scotland”. In Malaysia and Singapore, we were thought the national anthem(s) in music class in our first year, though. 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. So I don’t blame you for saying it was a boring experience for you. Sometimes our personal experiences influence our attitude towards our national anthem. Very, very interesting to hear, Sue. Watch official video, print or … 😀 That would be veeeery cool! Very interesting to hear you can sing your national anthem in two languages, Sue. There are protocols involved. It does sound like Canadians agree on their national anthem and are supportive of it, for most part. Advance Australia song relates to Australia racist or not. Chiming in on the impossibility of singing the US national anthem. Australians weren’t proud to be Australian. Similarly, change is in the air here too…but very slowly. Boring (to me) to watch on TV. 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. 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. Melbourne Central clock. National anthems can be certainly divisive. 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. I also want to visit Australia someday!! Sounds like a lot of country’s anthems are old and outdated. The unified anthem is not very popular in schools, but in sports groups, they keep singing it before a game (espeically in football). I was in grade 4 when we changed from singing God save the Queen to Advance Australia Fair. 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. Very interesting Mabel, never thought about it I must admit. Every time the Olympics would roll around, the subjects of national anthems would come up. Every comment you leave on my blog, it makes me laugh 😀 Great that you know your country’s national anthem. Sounds like you’re proud of it. Advance Australia Fair, its evolution, its status, its popular reading, taboo readings (e.g. It was very respectful of you and your class to stand up when your national anthem is played. 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. A few years ago, the national anthem was playing on TV at home and I pointed it out to dad. It’s quite a stirring song, especially the last verse. thanks for reliving it, mabel. Advance Australia Fair song meanings Add your thoughts No Comments. Or maybe Canadians are brought up singing both versions. This might not be a case since times have changed and many of us are all for standing up for what we individually believe in. A national anthem that is anti it’s own people! 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