“Australia is the greatest place,” an old timer said to me,
He said, “ I’ve seen a lot of lands across the rolling sea,
It’s not just that I was born here that I truly can compare,
But the freedom of the life we live is lacking over there.”
Freedom is a treasured thing that we all take for granted,
Anywhere in this great land is that sense of freedom implanted,
We are free to cross the outback & see the blossom all in bud
But if you’re born Australian you’ve got eucalyptus in your blood.
Turn the clock back fifty years, we had a white Australian policy,
But we saw the error of our ways and made welcome refugees,
It mattered not from where they came; they made Australia home,
Bringing many different cultures from those lands across the foam.
Many migrants came from Italy and many more from Greece,
A safety haven on our shores were they could live in peace,
New nationalities were varied with many folk Maltese,
There’s been quite a lot Filipino’s and also Ceylonese.
Vietnam too, has played her part since that tragic war,
For many of their countrymen have sort refuge on our shore,
I know that all will not agree and some say stem the flood
But everyone that’s born here will have eucalyptus in their blood.
In due course and in due time they all will Aussies be,
Enjoying all we have to offer in this great land of the free,
Since white folk first reached our shore two centuries have slipped away
And it’s all those nationalities that make Australia what it is today.
I have been to places far afield and to many countries overseas
And I feel a great compassion for those unwanted refugees
To those folk who show some initiative very few will know of failure
For it’s the finest place on earth, this great land of Australia.