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  • Writer's pictureDavid James Connolly

I Am Australian




I came from the dreamtime

From the dusty red soil plains

I am the ancient heart

The keeper of the flames

I Stood upon the rocky shore

I watched the tall ships come

For forty thousand years I've been the first Australian


I came upon the prison ship

Bound down by iron chains

I cleared the land

Endured the lash

And waited for the rains

I'm a settler

I'm a farmers wife

On a dry and barren run

A convict and a free man

I became Australian


I'm a daughter of a digger

Who sought the mother load

The girl became a woman

On the long and dusty road

I'm a child of the depression

I saw the good time come

I'm a bushy I'm a battler

I am Australian


We are one

But we are many

And from all the lands on earth we come

We'll share a dream

And sing with one voice

I am, you are, we are Australian


I'm a teller of stories

I'm a singer of songs

I am Albert Namatjira

And I paint the ghostly gums

I'm Clancy on his horse

I'm Ned Kelly on the run

I'm the one who waltzed matilda

I am Australian


I'm the hot wind from the desert

I'm the black soil of the plains

I'm the mountains and the valleys

I'm the drought and flooding rains

I am the rock I am the sky

The rivers when they run

The spirit of this great land

I am Australian


We are one

But we are many

And from all the lands on earth we come

We'll share a dream

And sing with one voice I am, you are, we are Australian


We are one

But we are many

And from all the lands on earth we come

We'll share a dream

And sing with one voice

I am, you are, we are Australian


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