Anthem

 

Join the campaign to update the lyrics of our national anthem …

Would you like this revised anthem to become our Australian official anthem? If so, we welcome your involvement in having this version sung and performed in your local community. No matter how small your action we’d then like to hear about it. In the comments section below, please tell us the story of how you talked about this with friends, in your workplace, had it sung in your child’s school, at your sporting event and so on. Thanks!  

About this revised anthem 

The lyrics for this revised anthem were written by Judith Durham, Kutcha Edwards, Lou Bennett, Camilla Chance and Bill Hauritz. In the video clip above it is performed by Kutcha Edwards during the KAGE Team of Life theatre production. For more information about this revised anthem, click here  For a pdf of the lyrics to print, click here.

Lyrics

Australia, celebrate as one, with peace and harmony.
Our precious water, soil and sun, grant life for you and me.
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts to love, respect and share,
And honouring the Dreaming, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.

 Australia, let us stand as one, upon this sacred land.
A new day dawns, we’re moving on to trust and understand.
Combine our ancient history and cultures everywhere,
To bond together for all time, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.

Australia, let us strive as one, to work with willing hands.
Our Southern Cross will guide us on, as friends with other lands.
While we embrace tomorrow’s world with courage, truth and care,
And all our actions prove the words, advance Australia fair,
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance Australia fair.

And when this special land of ours is in our children’s care,
From shore to shore forever more, advance Australia fair.
With joyful hearts then let us sing, advance . . Australia . . fair.

Tell us more!

What actions are you and your friends/ colleagues / family taking? Please tell us below … and please include where this action took place! Thanks. 

This Post Has 105 Comments

  1. It is a must in this age of awareness for our fellow beings and our land and globe, that we take the step of changing the present lyrics of our National Anthem.

  2. A huge improvement. Thank you.

  3. Just heard about this recently and find it beautiful and a much better anthem. I have shared it on Facebook and need to learn it for the next time I sing the anthem.

  4. Thank you. It’s a very unifying anthem. I hope it gets adopted.

  5. Thank you to everyone behind this. How good would it be to be able to sing an anthem that makes sense, one that all Australians can be proud of on an Australia day that was celebrated on a date that has a positive heartfelt meaning for all Australians?

  6. Shared on Facebook – a much better representation for a modern Australia.

  7. Absolutely perfect reflection of Australia, and what it is to be Ausralian.
    Such compassion, inclusion, resolve and hope for people and country.
    Tears were rolling down my face whilst listening to it.
    It is an anthem I CAN sing and feel proud of.
    A true masterpiece.

    I will be posting and sharing this wonder.

  8. Culturally inclusive for all Australians and homage paid to the First Australians. I would be very proud to be able to sing these words with my fellow Australians … anytime:)

  9. Fantastic! Much more appropriate for todays Australia. I refuse to sing our current anthem but this version I would be proud to sing.

  10. Hello – a friend posted Briggsy’s comic take on the national anthem yesterday (what a cracker, Briggsy rocks) and today another friend has sent our new anthem on to me via your link. I just love it. I won’t stand for the current anthem nor will I sing it. I live in the Byron Shire on the northern NSW Coast and am secretary of our local reconciliation group Sisters for Reconciliation (Northern Rivers) and the Cavanbah Reconciliation Group. I have been involved in the reconciliation movement since 1997 when the Women for Wik movement emerged out of Canberra and was adopted here in The Shire. I have just mailed this link on to all those in our membership folder, and a few other folks as well. I have typed out all the words and I would very much like to hand them out at our stall in Byron Bay for NAIDOC on Thursday July 11 and in Mullumbimby on Wednesday July 10. Is that permissible? I do hope so. This needs to happen NOW and I very much hope we can get cracking on it right away. Thank you so much to all involved in making this happen. Kulcha has a wonderful voice and I loved the way mob in back all stood up, one by one, to honor the sentiment of the song. Bravo!!!

    1. Hi Bronwyn, Yes of course please share the lyrics 🙂

  11. I LOVE this meaningful version of Advance Australia Fair!!!!
    As a child, I could never understand what we were singing about. Back then, I thought the lyrics of our anthem were ‘Australia’s sunburnt ostriches.’ not ‘Australians all let us rejoice.’ It does kind of sound like ‘ostriches’ when a thousand people are singing it at once.
    Not surprisingly, my teacher was far from impressed and made me sing it alone to the entire school at assembly. The principal thought I was the class clown when I sang my own rendition again. Boy, was I in trouble. Well, at least the kids liked it.
    Your version is the best I have heard, and I would love it to be the revised anthem.

    1. So beautiful. It reflects our country’s history, her future and the amazing cultures that inhabit it. Congratulations for putting this all into words.

  12. Hard to sing it through my tears! Thankyou for creating this inclusive anthem. Love it. .

  13. Hard to sing it through my tears! Thankyou for creating this inclusive anthem, am hoping we can sing it at my children’s school every Monday morning very soon!

  14. This is perfect! How can we replace our current out-dated anthem with it?

  15. I sincerely believe this could be the perfect response to the question of a new anthem. It’s simple, inclusive, non-aggressive, and keeping the traditional tune, structure of lines and verses, and even some entire lines, was a masterstroke. I’ll be sharing as widely as I can, and doing the new words when I sing at a tavern night in the small but very cool Victorian country town of Meeniyan later in the year. Good luck with your campaign. The video is a superb marketing tool!

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