Feb 272020

Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!

Everything is interested and excited about Christmas!! Isn’t it? Especially, Christmas carols and songs help children to ignite holiday spirit and makes them more excited for the season. Many great Christmas songs and beautifully tuned carols are available online to welcome both winter and Christmas seasons. One such Christmas song is “Decks the Sheds with bits of Wattle”. What could be the better way to welcome Christmas season than with this amazing song!?

So, we will sing the Australian version traditional song, “Deck the Sheds with bits of Wattle” with a bit of humour and a snag on the Barbie. Before I disclose the lyrics, I would like to introduce you a few terms that are used often in the song along with their meanings. Here the words are!

Wattle: Acacia, commonly known as golden wattles or acacias is large family of shrubs and trees native to south eastern Australia. Golden Wattle is Australia’s National Flower. Wattle is Australian tree with yellow flowers.

Sundies: Nothing but a Sunday!

Ripper: A thing that is particularlygood

Gum Leaves: Gum leaves are nothing but Eucalyptus tree leaves and are favourite food for koalas. Actually, gum leaves are less nutrient thingies but very high in fibre content. Also they are extremely poisonous to most animals. Since koala’s digestive system is specially adapted to detoxify the poisonous chemicals, they could munch on gum leaves.   

Decos: Short for decorations

G’day: An Aussie Hello! It is an informal language in Australian slang. Australians are very much relaxed about their language as they are typically related to life. Using those expressions make relationships much more friendly and casual from Aussie perspective.

Oldies: An older person like parents, grand parents

Barbie: An Australian slang for Barbeque, a cooking method, name for a meal, a style of food,or simply referred as a gathering where this style of food is cooked.

Relies: A short word for relatives

Ercky: Not feeling very well

No we have enough knowledge of new words and terms used in the Australian most famous Christmas song “Deck the Sheds with bits of Wattle”. Here are the original lyrics of tradition music lyrics given by Greg ‘Champs’ Champion and Colin ‘Bucko’ Buchanan.

‘Deck the Sheds with Bits of Wattle’ is originated from the 1996 album Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champs. If you are looking for a traditional Christmas Carol to teach your kids and make their holiday great, then you can just blindly go for ‘Deck the Sheds with bits of Wattle’. Kids love to play this song in their school concerts and other such Christmas concerts. They will find a great time in playing such a joyful song during Christmas season.

Click here on Greg Champion’s Website to find more great albums that suits all your purposes. Also find the YouTube version to get the original music and tune of 1996 album from Bucko and Champs.

Deck the sheds with bits of wattle

fa la la la la la la la la

Whack some gum leaves in a bottle

fa la la la la la la la la

All the shops are open sundies

fa la la la la la la la la

Buy your Dad some socks and undies

fa la la la la la la la la

Deck the sheds with bits of gumtree

fa la la la la la la la la

Hang some deco’s off the plum tree

fa la la la la la la la la

Plant some kisses on the missus

fa la la la la la la la la

Have a ripper Aussie Christmas

fa la la la la la la la la

Say g’day to friends and relies

fa la la la la la la la la

Wave them off with bulging bellies

fa la la la la la la la la

Kids and babies youngies oldies

fa la la la la la la la la

May your fridge be full of coldies

fa la la la la la la la la

Chop the wood and stoke the barbie

fa la la la la la la la la

Ring the folks in Abudabe

fa la la la la la la la la

Pop the stuffing in the turkey

fa la la la la la la la la

Little Mary’s feeling ercky!

fa la la la la la la la la

Rally rally round the table

fa la la la la la la la la

Fill your belly while you’re able

fa la la la la la la la la

Joyce and Joany, Dave and Daryl

fa la la la la la la la la

Sing an Aussie Christmas Carol

fa la la la la la la la la

Over years Australia has been producing most innovative, electric, and energising singers, musicians, writers, etc. to the world. The writers of ‘Decks the Sheds with a bit of Wattle’, Greg Champion and Colin Buchanan had won millions of hearts with their stunning prose. The published books with sharply detailed characters from these authors overtook World’s bookshelves in a big way! So, let us discuss few facts about our great writers of ‘Deck the Sheds with bits of Wattle’.

Greg Champion

Greg Champion is well-known as an Australian writer but also a great radio personality, comedian, singer, athlete, and guitarist. He is born in Benalla, Victoria and raised in South Australia, most recognised for his work as a guitarist and song writer for Coodabeen Champions. As part of Codoabeen’s team, Champion has even appeared on local Radio, ABC.

Growing up in South Australia, Champion moved to Melbourne in 1979 and in 1980 he met success in his career, joining him as the one among ground-breaking Melbourne rock bands, The Fabulaires and The Young Homebuyers. Also performed with Australian legends Wayne Burt (Black Sorrows, JoJo Zep), JJ Hackett (Stars, Mondo Rock) and, later in the ’80s, with Wayne Duncan and Ross Hannaford, both of Daddy Cool. How cool, isn’t it!?

Champion is a famous and favourite Australian entertainer. He has produced to the world a lot many songs capturing what it is to be Australian through his innovative and unique combination of sport parodies, comedy, and country or folk music. Since 1980’s Champion is well-known as a writer of both AFL and cricket associated with several Aussie rules. ‘That’s the Thing about Football’ is the most famous tune of Champion on Australian games. This tune is a classic Australian rules song and used on Seven Network’s Australian Football League coverage.

In 1986, Champion rose to national prominence parallel to his comedy work, parodies, and as a radio personality, just with the release of the single I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum’s, which very soon became the widely-loved song and eventually chosen as the leading track on the first Australia All Over album compiled by ABC’s Ian McNamara, which sold over 150,000 copies.

The album, ‘Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champs’ performed along with Australian country music star Colin Buchanan has become the highest selling album in 1996. In 1998, the sequel to this album was released featuring 25 Christmas-themed songs. In 2010, Champs was awarded Victorian Male Vocalist in the Victorian Country Music Awards for his meaningful song “this was my town (Marysville).

Colin Buchanan

Colin Buchanan is a famous Australian entertainer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the award-winning song writer and singer in Australia. Basically, he is a Scottish actor, best known for his role playing as ‘Detective Peter Pascoe’ in a BBC telecasted series named ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’ (commenced in March 1996 and telecasted until June 2007).

Before discovering his music talent, Colin’s career was started as a teacher. Over years, forgetting his past career, Colin has become widely-known most iconic Australian singer, children’s entertainer, even appeared on ABC televisions ‘Playschool’ and ‘Play House Disney’ for many years. A part from these, Colin has also won 10 Golden Guitar Australian Country Music Awards and his most famous songs were written along with most famous Australian Country music singers include Adam Brand, Lee Kernaghan, and Troy Cassar-Daley. The song written along with Lee Kernaghan, “Hat Town”, won an APRA Award. On the other hand, his Christmas album recorded with Greg Champion especially, ‘Aussie Jingle Bells’ is still a staple at school year end concerts.

Since the mid 1990’s Colin has given much of his concentration to produce a lot many Christian albums. In particular his music albums for children became more popular across Australia, United Kingdom, and in some parts of United States. His song are often heard in many primary and Sunday schools.

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