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Sing Australia Lyrics

Artist: John Denver
Album: Calypso

This song appears on four albums, and was first released on the Higher Ground Album, and has also been released on the A Portrait, The John Denver Collection - Calypso and The Gift You Are Albums.

I come to Australia as many people do
To see the old koala, hitch a ride on a kangaroo
To hear somebody call me mate and call somebody blue
To hear the aboriginee play a didgeridoo

Some of you came as prisoners two centuries ago
Some of you come as kings and queens your blessing to bestow
Some of you stand all swelled with pride, some with shattered wings
But all of us come with open hearts to hear Australia sing

In the desert, in the city
In the mountains and in the sea
In the stories and in the people
I can hear Australia sing

Waltzing Matilda, the men of Galipoli
Clancy of the Overflow, Crocodile Dundee
The myth of all creation, the teaching of baiame
The legends of a dreamtime for all eternity

And in this celebration of a brief two hundred years
The cost to build a nation in blood and sweat and tears
And if we stand divided, divided we will fall
But if we stand together we shall conquer all

In the desert, in the city
In the mountains and in the sea
In the stories and in the people
I can hear Australia sing

Sing Australia, Sing Australia, Sing Australia, Sing Australia
In the sails on Sydney Harbour
I can hear Australia sing

Words and music by John Denver
Comments/Interpretations
by Sheila on 7/13/2008 9:25pm
I would like to inform you that there are two spelling mistakes in this song. The first one is the spelling of aborigine. There is only one 'e' at the end of the word. The second one is the spelling of Gallipoli. There are two l's in the first part of the word. I think that correct spelling is paramount for people to see.
Thank you for reading this comment.
by Jean on 5/6/2009 9:58am
I am simply grateful for sites such as this because I loved John Denver and felt he had a message for us all. His music came from his heart and I appreciate being able to read his words. (I don't much care about the correct spelling - it is the essence that touches me)
by Patti on 1/25/2010 12:40pm
All these years later, I still grieve John's loss. I am with Jean about the grammar...the errors were on the part of the website editor. John's message was the point. I came here today, because it is Australia Day, Oz's national "4th of July" as it were. I wanted to share this song with an Aussie friend. Thanks for posting it! He really loved their country.
by GRACE on 5/20/2010 2:54pm
THIS SONG IS REALLY LONG
by Pam on 10/26/2010 12:01pm
I am with Patti..I don't think I will ever stop grieving for John. I was a "groupie" back in the 70's and now when I have to go on a long road trip his music makes my drive go by fast. Thanks to everyone who makes these web sites possible and Blessings to his family.
by Marcey on 5/18/2011 7:05pm
I agree with Jean .. spelling is irrelevant as its the meaning behind the words that count ... yes i am a proud Aussie .....John was a man beyond his years in conservation etc .... the world is just now catching up on the meaning of the words he sang all those years ago .... Long Live John Denver
by lane on 8/11/2011 8:53am
i agree with grace this song is long.........
by Michael on 1/21/2012 10:59am
This isn't waltzin' matilda!
by Tim on 2/11/2012 5:24pm
Thank,s for site like this that I can
read and sing along, good work


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