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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!"

Dies ist die offizielle Nationalhymne Australiens seit 1977. Bis dahin war die offizielle Hymne das britische "God save the Queen" was auch heute noch bei Besuchen vom britischen Königshaus und am Geburtstag der Queen gespielt wird.

Die inoffizielle Hynme Australiens ist jedoch "Waltzing Matilda". Dieses Volkslied galt sogar für kurze Zeit als offizielle Hymne. Es wird im Gegensatz zu Advance Australia Fair keinen einzigen nicht indigenen Australier geben, der dieses Lied nicht kennt.

Waltzing Matilda

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
And he sang as he watched and waited til his billy boiled,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tuckerbag,
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
And he sang as he watched and waited til his billy boiled,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Up rode the squatter mounted on his thoroughbred,
Down came troopers, one, two three,
Whose that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tuckerbag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
And he sang as he watched and waited til his billy boiled,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong,
You'll never catch me alive, said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
You´ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me!

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
And he sang as he watched and waited til his billy boiled,
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?