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AUSTRALIAN SONGS

Australia's Answer

by W. T. Sievey
published in 1914

From the earliest days in Australia's history, songs have played an important role as patriotic anthems to call men to the service of their country.

This song is from the 1st World War.


A Gallipoli 1915 Poster

When the call went forth from England,
For men to raise the flag,
Australia's sons were ready
To hoist the dear old rag.
The Mother Country calling
Could never call in vain;
Australia's ready answer
Will always be the same.

Can you hear Australia marching
Her sons down to the sea?
She'll send her best and bravest
To fight 'gainst Germany;
That grand old flag of Union,
The good old Union Jack,
She'll carry across the ramparts,
And WHO shall drive her back?

Our men are sure and steady,
And we can always claim -
When Australia sends her sons out -
They are worthy of her name;
When our boys start in to battle,
They'll hoist the good old flag;
Midst shot and shell and rattle,
Australia's lads won't lag.

Can you hear Australia marching
Her sons down to the sea?
She'll send her best and bravest
To fight 'gainst Germany;
That grand old flag of Union,
The good old Union Jack,
She'll carry across the ramparts,
And WHO shall drive her back?

The Kaiser's threats don't harm us,
We are not afraid of war;
The good old British Empire
Has heard the same before.
The boast and bluff of tyrants,
We'll answer with our guns;
The bluffers will have less to say
When they meet Australia's sons.

Can you hear Australia marching
Her sons down to the sea?
She'll send her best and bravest
To fight 'gainst Germany;
That grand old flag of Union,
The good old Union Jack,
She'll carry across the ramparts,
And WHO shall drive her back?

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