New national anthem: “I am So an Aussie”

Leunig cartoon, Australia Day 2008

Today cartoonist Michael Leunig challenged us to write a new national anthem. His 54-word limit is a bit too limiting. So the Snarky Platypus and I have penned (well, typed) a new National Anthem for Australia.

Won’t you now sing with us? We know you all know the tune…

“I am So an Aussie”
to the tune of Kylie Minogue’s I Should Be So Lucky

Music: Mike Stock / Matt Aitken / Pete Waterman
©1988
Lyrics: Stilgherrian / Snarky Platypus
©2008 All Rights Reserved

[1a:]
In our Big Aussie Nation
There is no complication;
We watch cricket on Australia Day.
In back yards, a celebration
While coal mines of the nation
Are emptied as we play.

[1b:]
In our Big Aussie Nation:
No Re-con-cilition;
We just steal all the Abos’ land.
They’re Dreaming!
They hope we’ll give it back,
But Howard’s health attack
Will soon put stop to you.
She’s right, mate. It’s True Blue

[CHORUS:]
I am so an Aussie,
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
I am so an Aussie, maaaaate!
I am so an Aussie,
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
I am so an Aussie, maaaaate!

[2a:]
It’s a crazy kind of nation:
We face quite bad inflation,
Yet all our ports and roads are crap.
We’re still buying great big plasmas,
Ignoring credit dramas.
The fantasy will soon cave in.

[2b:]
In our Big Aussie Nation
There’s no discrimination;
We walk together hand in hand –
C’ept Muslims!
They fill us all with fear
‘Cos none of them drink beer,
And praying’s all they do.
She’s right, mate. It’s True Blue

[CHORUS:]

[BRIDGE:]
I am so an Aussie (an Aussie, an Aussie).
I am so an Aussie.
I, I, (I, I)
I am so an Aussie (an Aussie, an Aussie).
I am so an Aussie,
I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I

[1b:]
[CHORUS:]
[repeat & fade]

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  1. Corey’s avatar

    Fabulous! Send it to Kev and see if he can get in implemented into the schools asap!

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  2. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    @Corey: Thanks for that. I must admit, this new National Anthem really does rock. It helps if you sing along to the original tune, an example of which you can (naturally) find on YouTube.

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  3. Dan Kind’s avatar

    It’s stuck in my head! Love it!

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  4. Alastair’s avatar

    Catchy! Pity you couldn’t have worked the word “girt” in there somewhere though.

    And speaking of the national anthem… (yes more pimpin’)

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  5. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    @Alastair: “Girt” is, I agree, the best bit of our current dodgy anthem. Alas, it doesn’t quite fit the vibe of what we’ve achieved here.

    I suppose as a South Australian who was actually born in Gawler, I should prefer The Song of Australia anyway.

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  6. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    There is A Certain Secret about this song, which will be revealed very, very soon.

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