I am Australian    (video)

 

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1. I came from the dream-time, from the dusty red soil plains,

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††† I am the ancient heart, the keeper of the flame.

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††† I stood upon the rocky shores, I watched the tall ships come,

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††† for forty thousand years Iíve been the first Australian.

 

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2. I came upon the prison ship, bowed down by iron chains,

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††† I fought the land, endured the lash, and waited for the rains.

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††† Iím a settler, Iím a farmerís wife, on a dry and barren run,

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††† a convict, then a free man, I became Australian.

 

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3. Iím the daughter of a digger, who sought the mother lode,

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††† the girl became a woman, on the long and dusty road.

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††† Iím a child of the Depression, I saw the good times come,

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††† Iím a bushie, Iím a battler, I am Australian.

 

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We are one, but we are many,

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and from all the lands on earth we come.

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Weíll share a dream and sing with one voice :

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I am, you are, we are Australian.

 

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4. Iím a teller of stories, Iím a singer of songs,

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††† I am Albert Namatjira, and I paint the ghostly gums.

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††† Iím Clancy on his horse, Iím Ned Kelly on the run,

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††† Iím the one who waltzed Mathilda, I am Australian.

 

 

 

 

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5. Iím the hot wind from the desert, Iím the black soil of the plains,

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††† Iím the mountains and the valleys, Iím the drought and flooding rains.

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††† I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run,

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††† the spirit of this great land, I am Australian.

 

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We are one, but we are many,

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and from all the lands on earth we come.

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Weíll share a dream and sing with one voice :

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I am, you are, we are Australian.

 

+repeat CHORUS

 

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+I am, you are - - - we are Australian.

 

††† (The Seekers)