This One is for Australia, My Island Home 26 January 09Posted by Fantastic Four in Australia.
Tags: adopted home, Aussie, Australia, Australia Day, Australian, Oz
Really, I don’t care which day it is celebrated; that is, I don’t care if there is controversy over whether January 26th should be THE Australia Day. I am just happy to have made Australia home, now over a decade ago and became an Australian citizen about 6 years ago. I am happy to celebrate an Australia Day and proud of my adopted home. There is only one downside of living here. I miss my family and it’s not a short distance to travel to see them. When I go “home” to visit my family, I miss “home”. When I was living in Ireland, Niall’s “home”, we both missed “home”. We love it here and Australia has been a wonderful home to us.
Few songs that I like.
Great Southern Land by Icehouse:
I am Australian by The Seekers:
My Island Home by Christine Anu:
Land Down Under by Men At Work:
Home of the the original Australians who were not treated with the respect that they have deserved since the white man arrived at their island home:
Treaty by Yothu Yindi
Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil (Lead singer the Minister of Climate Change, Environment, Heritage and Arts):
(Frankly not my preferred airline to fly with, but the first time I saw this ad I had the goosebumps.)
Turkish people has a strange affinity with the Australians. When you visit Turkey and tell the Turkish locals you are from Australia, their typical hospitality and generosity for their guests triplefolds. I guess it comes from the battles in and around Gallipoli. The stories and legends of the Anzacs far away from home, battling the battles that someone else sent them to fight and Turkish soldiers simply and effectively defending their land. The stories of soldiers from both sides exchanging cigarettes and toilet papers after hours (when they stopped after sundown). The stories of bravery and horrors of battles fought chest to chest and not from the safety of missile bases. The stories of young men who never saw their 20th birthdays, never grew old.
Gallipoli – Memorial at Anzac Cove by Ataturk.
“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…
You are now living in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
Band Played Waltzing Matilda performed by The Pogues:
Waltzing Matilda performed by the Seekers:
I also like this version very much:
Some say Australian National Anthem should be Waltzing Matilda and not Advance Australia Fair. See what Adam Hills has to say about that:
Gotta love Australian humour!
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR
Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea:
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare,
In history’s page let every stage
Advance Australia fair,
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,
We’ll toil with hearts and hands,
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands,
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share,
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia fair.