…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Created by the Scottish-born composer, Peter Dodds McCormick, the song was first performed in 1878, but did not became the Australian official anthem until 1984. Peter McCormick is long time dead, but Australian Government claims copyright for its more politically correct version, which you can find on internet, if you are interested.
The original lyrics published in 1879 were as follows:
Respectful as I am of flags, anthems and other paraphernalia utilised by ruling classes to make the plebs to die for the right to be taxed, I nevertheless took slight liberty to update the original song:
Australians all let us recall,
- For once we were young and free;
- Once we had golden soil and wealth for toil;
- For bureaucratic rules and taxes now we are a pitiful foil.
- Our home is girt by sea;
- Which, alas, only Asians can fish for free.
- Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
- Which we gift in turn just for asking
- to receive tsunami of plastic toys
- for our short-lived joys.
- Land of beauty rich and rare;
- So rare it’s under lock and key
- by every Environmental Protection Agency
- so that each and every United Nation can say that’s fair.
- In history’s page, let every stage
- be forgotten or shamed, so
- the professional offendees of any age
- can sue and perpetual victims be.
- Advance Australia Fair.
- In mournful strains then let us sing,
- Advance Australia Fair and any other shade
- thus on the safe side always be.
- Beneath our sorry Southern Cross
- We toil with hearts and hands; no brains, of course
- To make this former Commonwealth of ours
- For those who’re coming across the seas
- to share sharia, their bigotry and hatred of us with us;
- Timidly let us all divide, SBS like
- for we don’t want to be offending;
- then let us sing
- Advance Australia to Asia
- so that our Masters be rejoicing.
- Or here a simpler version – God save Australia. Quick.