Anthem

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 93 comments

 

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.

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

93 Comments

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. A true 360 of what Oz aspires to be. Just love it, love it, love it.

  7. Very powerful lyrics and yet so simple. They encapsulate who we are and what we should be. Very inclusive, and respectfully recognises all those who live here

  8. I love this version, it includes all and especially the traditional owners of this land and if they also approve of this version then government need to change it

  9. Excellent. Preserves the tune and some familiar lines which many are attached to, while making it inclusive for all. The only way forward.

  10. Perfect. I have shared with friends and will continue to share as widely as I can.

  11. We actually had an afternoon get together at work to watch this clip.
    We all agreed our anthem should be changed.
    With that our program manager shared the link in which we have all shared it further to get this message out there.

  12. It encompasses us all in this beautiful country. A great anthem.
    #newaustraliananthem

  13. The words are humble meaningful and refer to the truth and equality, so much better, easier for all to embrace

  14. I love this version
    Proud of it
    Bring it on

    • This is the answer

  15. Love it. Perfect!

  16. I Like it! A lot more appropriate for todays day and age

  17. What a beautiful anthem – One I would be proud to sing.

    • Agreed I’d love to sing this

      • I heard about this on the radio this morning, so it’s very new to me but I love it! (Sorry I don’t know how to comment only reply) . I had to then hear it sung and found the new future version on youtube. I already feel like I know it better than the original. I’ll try to spread the word

  18. HI I saw it on facebook last night and have shared it there and to twitter. It is beautiful and will learn the words. thank you

    • I love it and the way it includes the original owners of our fair land. A remarkable revision of an anthem that I have never liked.
      Saw it on face book earlier this year and wanted the words.

  19. hi All.
    am Indian American, not born in the US but in India. America is now my country and my childrens, I hope we could have an anthem where no none have to kneel, but stand and sing with pride and joy as this one.

    best wishes
    Peace

  20. Thanks for this beautiful song.
    I played it at the start of my team meeting. It was part of the welcome to country. The other people in the team asked me to email the link around.

  21. I would be so Proud to stand up and sing this beautiful version.

  22. A beautiful way to bring the many different people of our land together. I’ll be sharing this with friends and family to create opportunities for discussion and further support. It’s time our nation grew up and this is a fantastic way to lead us on.

  23. Love it. How can we get it changed.its beautiful, respectful and inclusive. Well done.

    We need to get this as the national anthem

  24. Gave me goosebumps. What an incredible offering to all of Australia’s people. Best and most appropriate alternative anthem I’ve ever heard. How can we help to promote this more?

  25. I like this a lot and would back it as our national anthem

  26. Love it bring it on my wife cried

  27. This version is wonderful. Great words and beautifully sung. So much more truthful than our out dated current anthem which I can’t stand.
    How can we progress this version?

  28. I love it. Just what is needed. How can we make it replace our current outmoded anthem. It gave me goosebumps.

  29. I accidentally came upon this anthem on twitter. It is wonderful and so appropriate and inclusive. What an amazing achievement. Beautifully sung by Kutcha Edwards too. I hope you are able to publicise it some more…get it on TV and radio. I would think the great majority of Australian people would love it if only they knew about it.

  30. Love this version,it brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully sung as well.

  31. It is so inspiring. So beautifully sung. The version by Judith Durham makes my spine tingle

    Politicians of all persausions take note as it will happen !!

    It actually reflects what a lot of Australians feel deep down

    • A beautiful rendition with great lyrics – what a voice! All Australian’s should join forces and make this change happen. It’s about time and this is what the people want.

  32. Yes yes Please I have thought about this a lot I am sick of seeing our children sing this song and lie about us having boundless plains to share !

  33. Absolutely love this. An anthem to be proud of.

  34. I love it! Original words written 1878. High time they reflected modern Australia, as these do. I have shared it on my Fb page. Will also send ti to selected players.

  35. Brilliant and absolutely has my vote for the national anthem.

  36. Yes yes, this includes us all, would gladly stand and sing this with pride.

  37. Absolutely love this Anthem. I would love this to become our National Anthem. It says so much more than the other one. Please send it to our Politicians and get them to listen to it.

  38. The original anthem was for a time that was not inclusive of all the peoples of Australia. These lyrics are more rational, meaningful and relevant. Let us change the lyrics of the anthem! ASAP

  39. Love it, it gave me goosebumps. I will happily learn to word and embrace this new Anthem. It embraces inclusiveness and equality for our. This sacred land needs to adopt is powerful Anthem. Have lit on repeat, makes my heart swell with pride.

    I have sent this to my friends and family who are culturally aware and tplaced it on my fab wall.

    #Respect

  40. I really like these words and I would vote for them to be adopted as the anthem … bonus, not a girt in sight! Seriously though, these words express what I would like our values to be in this land, and reflect an intention of reconciliation.

  41. This is brilliant. It’s fair, just and inclusive. I would happily stand and sing this. I love the powerful wording and the journey from past to future. I love that it reminds us to respect all cultures and to look after the place for future generations, and tells us to respect the nations of the first peoples. From the depths of my heart, thank you for this Judith Durham, Kutcha Edwards, Lou Bennett, Camilla Chance and Bill Hauritz.
    Side note: Kutcha Edwards has an amazing set of pipes on him

  42. This is very moving. I would happily sing this anthem shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with all my brothers and sisters in our island nation. What a difference this could make in the world. I’ve shared this and will learn the words.

  43. I love this and would love to sing this. The song filled my heart with love and an appreciation for all that is. Please make this our national anthem.

  44. Absolutely love this! should be our anthem!

  45. I heard this Anthem on FB, just loved it. Yes, let’s change the pathetic one we have and us this one, it is so much more relevant.

  46. Fantastic. Fantastic. Fantastic.
    Everything about it is just sublimely Fantastic!

    I’m of British heritage but born in Aus, as were some of my Grandparents and have never felt connected to the old anthem. I have been secretly praying for an new anthem, and a new flag for that matter, for our sublime country for Decades now.
    I’m so glad you hear the call of the people and have crafted this master piece!
    I’m going to invite my tribe to join me in singing this with me…..Video it….and send it over.
    I can’t wait to be a part of this change. It’s time!
    It’s sublime and definitely holds all people living on this magical land, Australia, in one container as ONE peoples.
    Thank you!
    Let’s make this happen!!!

  47. Love it and would love this to be our national anthem. I have shared and am going to continue to share this with others. Thank you!!!

  48. This is fantastic! A really powerful message for kids to grow up with

  49. i would take out the word And before honouring the dreaming…its not an add on it stands on its own…will sound better and makes the stepping into dreaming clearer.
    Other than that tiny adjustment, i feel this is extraordinary…i want the tshirt. I want to help

  50. This makes my heart sing with happiness. Please,can this be our new anthem

  51. I’ll be singing it this way from now on.

  52. This makes me proud to be on this precious land! Go the change!

  53. Kind and spiritual- brings peace to my heart
    Congratulations I am guessing this wasn’t created in a day. A lot of thought has gone into this. Peace be with you.

  54. Our Anthem as it should be…love it !

    Thank you to everyone involved in pulling it all together so beautifully……it’s made my day.

  55. This an awesome anthem, the words have the meaning that is appropriate to all Australians. The best national anthem I have heard with heartfelt sentiments. I would certainly stand for this. We need the words to be published online so they can be reproduced. I will certainly take this to my children’s school with a request that it be used.

    • Hi Mandy, We’ve added the lyrics above and there is also a link to a printable pdf of the lyrics!

  56. Kutcha you have nailed it!!!

  57. Oh my! Words that actually make sense on so many levels….. And resonate very deeply! Please lets change it!

  58. can you add a link to a transcript so we can print it out for practice and Australia Day 2019 – if we can’t quite change the date for 2019 – at least we can tweak the anthem

    • Done 🙂

  59. Goosebumps here ❤️ Well done to the lyric writers! This is what I would happily sing, what would move my heart every time. Surely most Australians would agree?

  60. This makes sense. It speaks to what the country/nation is and should endeavor to be. It’s current but would speak to future generations of Australians. I live in the USA but would be proud to sing it and hear it sung. Its sentiments would instill a noble purpose in those who sing as citizens and stewards of the Australian continent.

  61. I love this version. I want to learn the lyrics and sing this. They are meaningful and suitable words for our national anthem.

    I wish we’d all simply start singing this.

  62. Love the anthem. I refuse to sing the current one as I have never agreed with it. Would sing this one.

  63. The best possible Australian anthem we could possibly have. I love it and have shared with everyone I know. I would be so proud to stand for this anthem!!! Well done

  64. I was a member of ANTaR Victoria and tried to get Federal Parliament to change the lyrics.Letter back from Malcolm Turnbull saying no.
    Also had meetings with the AFL and I believe we can win them over to sing the new lyrics at Dreamtime.

  65. I was inspired today to read of the ‘stand’ taken by Primary school student Harper Nielsen:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-12/national-anthem-kenmore-school-brisbane/10235792

  66. I will be sending this through all social media and work distribution lists. I would love to put this on my phone so I can play it to other Australians throughout my journey.
    I would vote for this as our National Anthem in a heartbeat!!

  67. For the first time in my life goosebumps and all stood to sing what should already be our National Anthem, I am encouraging my kids to learn the new Anthem, I going to approach our school and request permission to sing our new Anthem. I’m not sure what else I can do besides sharing on Facebook every morning until everyone I shares their views.

    • Me too,amazing words.This should be the anthem.I would be a proud white to stand for this version

  68. Love this anthem. Posting it on facebook. Going to play it in to start the day in my office every morning. Going to ask if we can listen to it before meetings.

  69. Yeh!!! from me! I love it as, I love your flag!
    I will support you through Word of mouth and Facebook.
    Well Done and Cheers,

  70. It’s rare to stumble on something so well thought out and inclusive as this. I am in a perfect position to teach this new version to my students at school and I don’t anticipate any opposition. From little things……

  71. Perfect words and would be a fantastic revised anthem. Will spread the word!

  72. Fabulous, absolutely fabulous. I would vote for a change to this in a heartbeat!

  73. Indeed, this has my vote, in fact this is the version I will be singing from this day forward. Thank you for making our anthem something I can be proud of.

  74. I love this and would be proud to have it as our anthem. Thanks and congratulations to all involved.

  75. Moved me to tears! So beautiful! I would proudly stand for this anthem! Bravo xxx

  76. Hello and may I say a huge congratulations to all those involved in the revising of the our national anthem
    This is the most beautiful and well thought out wording alteration. I am just in awe.
    These new words are exactly what is needed in our world and particularly for our country RIGHT NOW.
    It appeases everyone and every culture.
    I shared this to my Fb and its a smash hit.
    What I would like to know is how I can help to get this out to the rest of Australia.
    This should be on everyones lips and list to make the change.
    I love it and again THANK YOU whoever it is that has put faith back into mt human spirit.
    I really feel good about this.
    Well done
    Scott Chambers
    Wagga Wagga
    NSW

  77. THIS! This right here is what it is to be Australian and I would proudly sing this.

  78. Wow! That is so beautiful, and inclusive!
    Brought tears to my eyes and pride to my heart!

  79. Absolutely apt and to up to date.

  80. I would happily belt this out with pride and a full heart.

    Is there a petition to share and vote to change it.

    Where do I sign up?

  81. Magnificent. I would happily learn these words and sing with gusto, something I do not do now.

  82. I wept – so beautiful & meaningful to me as a non aboriginal woman privileged to share this sacred land. I am sharing as far as I can

  83. Absolutely love it!!!! Very Australian

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