May all our young Aussie swimmers
Be resigned to failure;
May all out T.V. stations
Be like other nations' -
"Give up! Give up! Give up! for Australia."

May Timorese fishermen
Evade the Aussie sailor;
May we do as history teaches -
Die on Middle Eastern beaches -
"Give up! Give up! Give up! for Australia."

May this nation's flag
Carry another's regalia;
May our nation state
Be always second rate -
"Give up! Give up! Give up! for Australia".

We produce a Norman May
Not a Norman Mailer;
May this land's vast distance
Always treat us with indifference -
"Give up! Give up! Give up! for Australia".


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    General CommentThis is exactly what it says on the website, yet it's not actually what they sing in the song..
    Archfoeon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's a little mixed up here. The lyrics are right, but they're in the wrong places... And two or three minutes later on the same track there's this bit chorus Opera -

    The pattern on her frock reminded me to order
    A large cafe latte and a croissant.
    She said "Stephen your looking older now."
    "I'll have a short black" I replied.

    Back in her room she offered me plunger coffee,
    I browsed through her rimbaud - no milk, one sugar.
    The light of the morning left us both aware.
    That probably we should have chosen drip-filter.

    She set fire to the gas burner - it flickered out.
    "You'll have to settle for instant." she mumbled.
    I could smell her perfume still lingering in my bed,
    but up Phillip Glasses arse is where I keep my head.
    dot dot line lineon October 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIm a New Zealander. This song sux
    bkat004on October 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbkatoo4...whooptie frikkin do
    dick sneezeon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it went a lil' sumthin' like this:

    (5 minutes,4, 3, 2, 1.. Gold to Australia)
    Gooooold!
    (5 minutes)
    Goooold!
    (5 minutes,4, 3, 2, 1.. Gold)

    May all our young Aussie swimmers
    Be resigned to failure;
    May our nation's state
    Be always second-rate.
    (5 minutes,4, 3, 2, 1.. Gold to Australia)


    May Timorese fishermen
    Evade the Aussie sailor;
    Do as history teaches -
    Die on Middle Eastern beaches -

    "Give up! Give up! Give up! for Australia."

    (Hands up who wants to die.)
    (Go and get lost.)

    We produce a Norman May
    Not a Norman Mailer;
    May this land's vast distance
    Always treat us with indifference -
    "Give up! Give up! Give up! for Australia".
    Filiuson June 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationSatirizing The Australian way of life is TISMs trademark...

    Australians are known worldwide as a scattered group of crude, unhinged, descendent of convict people, only thing is we are deluded. Like America, we care very little about anything outside our country, and care only about our performance at the olympics when it comes to our view on the world stage, and we blame all our problems on immigration.

    In my Opinion the Song is about:
    Australians Ignorance and Mediocrity,

    Norman May was an Australian Sports commentator, known for shouting “GOLD, GOLD for Australia, GOLD" (ta wiki) during mens 4x4 100m relay swimming, and was known for not much else.

    Norman Mailer was an American novelist, actor, screen writer, politician... a much more successful and more accomplished person.
    LastTrueAussieon December 02, 2013   Link

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