AUSTRALIA: A Song to Forget

For nearly 150 years, Australia has been trying out—and rejecting—proposed national anthems. Among candidates of the distant past have been such forgettables as the Anthem on Queensland, The Cross and the Great White Star, Fling Out the Flag and Ave Australia. Some Aussies have jokingly suggested that the country should adopt as its national song The Australaise, a down-to-earth, Down Under version of the Marseillaise that is sung to the tune of Onward, Christian Soldiers. These are the words (and the blanks can be filled in according to taste and vocabulary):

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